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Kanye West has gone to great lengths to keep his second collection with Adidas under wraps. West's only confirmed the show last Friday, upending the fashion week schedule in the process. Now, The Mirror is reporting that models involved in the show have been forced to sign a contract that prohibits them from speaking about the collection, him, his wife Kim Kardashian, or the rest of the Kardashian Klan. If models breach the contract, West can sue them for $10 million.
The stipulation has reportedly caused several big names models to drop out of the presentation. "Kanye's hacked off some really high-profile models by asking them to sign the agreement," a source told The Mirror. "He's not considered a great talent — everyone knows his show is just a media frenzy, so some girls would rather not be associated with him... The document is ridiculous and totally over the top — but that's just Kanye."
$10 million is undoubtedly a heavy fine, but we've gotten used to exaggerated costs coming out of West's camp at this point.