Tim Gunn Is "Conflicted" About "Head-Scratching" Trans Models
Tim Gunn can't seem to make transgender models work in his head. In response to Barneys New York's spring 2014 campaign featuring seventeen trans models and the rise of Andrej Pejic, Tim tells HuffPo that he's "conflicted."
"The fact that fashion designers would put basically adolescent-shaped boys or men in women's clothes is head-scratching for me because, anatomically, women and men have different shapes," Gunn said. "So, to be looking at women's fashion on a tall, skinny guy with no hips, there's no way you can project yourself into those clothes.
"It underscores all of those body issues that we know women have. It's the world telling us that there's something wrong with us and that we'd look better in our clothes and the world would think us more beautiful if we looked like this. I think it's horrible."
"I'm conflicted," he added later in the interview. "On one hand, I don't want to say that because you were a man and now you're a woman, you can't be in a women's fashion show. But I feel it's a dicey issue. The fact of the matter is, when you are transgender—if you go, say, male to female—you're not having your pelvis broken and having it expanded surgically. You still have the anatomical bone structure of a man."
Though HuffPo's Rebecca Adams says Gunn "seems apologetic" and torn between defending his LGBT community or the fashion industry, Gunn wants to be clear. "One of my mantras is that it's important to be honest; it's important to be direct," he said. "For me at least, it makes navigating the world so much easier and so much more comfortable. I can do it with so much more confidence when I can just be an open book."
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