Kanye West, the hip-hop superstar and fashion designer who never fails to spark controversy and keep us on our toes guessing his next move, turns 40 today. Throughout his career, Kanye has maintained a tough-guy demeanor, rarely showing us his gentle side, let alone cracking a smile. However, now that the music legend is a doting husband to Kim Kardashian and a loving dad to little North and Saint, we’re convinced that Kanye is really a total softy. It might be a rare occurrence to see the “The Life of Pablo” rapper flash his pearly whites, but when it does happen, it’s quite contagious. To help celebrate Mr. West’s big birthday, here are nine times Kanye smiled.
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