Comments made by fashion guru and Project Runway host Tim Gunn about transgender models walking the runway are returning to the spotlight this week, following news that 22-year-old Australian model Andreja Pejic had come out as a trans woman.
Pejic has walked for some of the most prestigious designers in the industry — a “dicey issue,” according to Tim Gunn.
His comments were made in an interview with HuffPo in February:
“I’m conflicted. 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.”
Ironically enough, Gunn clarified his stance further when asked about “androgynous models, like Andrej Pejic.” He added:
“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. 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.”
You can check out Gunn’s full interview over at HuffPo.
h/t Gay Star News