#GuessWho Kanye West Finally Joins Instagram

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Kanye West just became more accessible.

The 39-year-old “Fade” rapper now has a verified Instagram account, amassing more than 234,000 followers within the span of a few hours. West has yet to follow any other users (including his wife Kim Kardashian), and he did not immediately post any photos or videos. Until now, Twitter had been the musician’s preferred social media platform. West first toyed with the idea of trying another medium in March, tweeting, “I was thinking about getting an Instagram but only on one condition……no one can ask me or try to tell me what to Instagram… It’s my art…” At the time, he also called his tweets “a form of contemporary art only compromised by people trying to tell me what to tweet and not to tweet… on artist trying to grab the paint brush…”

Over the years, posers have pretended to be West on Instagram, much to his chagrin. He often set the record straight, like when he tweeted in 2013, “I DO NOT HAVE AN INSTAGRAM…”

Why join now? West hasn’t said.

But midday Sunday, he shared his first picture—of a car. West did not provide a caption.


Perhaps Kardashian can give him some pointers. The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star signed up for Instagram in 2012, sharing a selfie and writing, “Testing testing…. Testing out the effects.” After thousands of selfies, Kardashian now has 82.8 million followers on the social app.

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