Rapper Kanye West Debuts a New Kind of Diamond Jewelry
By Ashley Bailey
The hip-hop community is certainly not shy when it comes to bling. Rappers like Kanye West
have been sporting hefty diamond earrings and necklaces
for years. In fact, these performers helped bring men’s diamond studs into the mainstream, and they are now one of the most popular forms of men’s diamond jewelry.
Music producer and American Idol judge
Randy Jackson shows off his Whiteflash jewelry
But Kanye West
recently took this penchant for all things sparkly one step further, when he had his entire row of bottom teeth replaced with a set of dazzling diamonds. He insists that it is not a grill, a temporary mouth guard sometimes worn by performers, but a permanent replacement. West recently appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres
show to discuss his latest antics, including a 40-minute epic music video and this set of diamond dentures. “I just thought diamonds
were cooler,” he told DeGeneres. As he explained, he needed reconstructive dental work after a car accident several years ago, and he decided to turn it into an unprecedented fashion opportunity.
Diamond stud earrings have become
mainstream for men; are diamond teeth next?
Whether diamond teeth becomes a widespread trend remains to be seen, however. The LA Times interviewed a dentist, who cautioned would-be trendsetters that having a sparkling smile would mean never eating hard candies like peanut brittle, and not being able to open a beer can with their teeth. Although one has to imagine that someone like Kanye West probably has an assistant to open his beer cans for him, the real question is why he decided to install diamond hardware in his mouth in the first place. So it this all an elaborate Halloween prank? A sign of a man with more money than fashion sense? Or is this the beginning of a bona-fide trend?
Rapper LL Cool J is no stranger to bling; he even supports
Whiteflash’s Awear line of socially conscious jewelry
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