Tim Gunn of “Project Runway” reveals conflict with androgynous and transgender models


Tim Gunn has an opinion about the use of transgender and androgynous models in fashion, and the creator of the “make it work” tagline doesn’t think it’s working. In an interview with Huffington Post, the “Project Runway” style guru discussed his feelings.

“The fact that fashion designers would put basically adolescent-shaped boys or men in women’s clothes is head-scratching for me,” said Gunn, “because, anatomically, women and men have different shapes. 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.”

Beyond the blurred lines walked by androgynous models, Gunn also discussed his issue with transgender models.

“I’m conflicted,” he said. “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.”

Gunn claims his reservations come from a desire to change the “waif” look among models.

“It underscores all of those body issues that we know women have,” Gunn said. “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.”

According to the original Huffington Post article, Gunn appeared, “almost apologetic about his stance on trans models. Considering his own struggles with identity and sexuality, it’s not hard to see how he’d be divided between supporting an LGBT cause and doing what he thinks is best for the fashion industry, a world that’s always supported him.”

In the same interview, Gunn also said: “Men in the fashion industry, I assume that they’re gay until proven otherwise.”

And when discussing how Barneys made headlines recently for casting transgender models in its latest campaign, Gunn admitted he doesn’t think it will be that impactful. He implies that the luxury store caters to an elite clientele, already more accepting of the LGBT community.

“I feel that these are people who are already ‘on the team,’“ said Gunn. “I think it could be more impactful if Target or Kmart were to do such a thing.”

Since the interview went public, Andrej Pejic, who is likely the most well known androgynous model of the moment, has taken to Twitter to address Gunn’s comments:

Addressing Gunn and the Huffington Post directly, Pejic added:


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