Tim Gunn says trangender models don't belong in runway shows
Project Runway’s Tim Gunn has suggested he is conflicted about the use of transgender models in women’s runway shows, saying they lead to unrealistic body issues.
Gunn made the comments in an article on Huffington Post where he was asked his opinion on Andrej Pejic and the appropriateness of trangsnder or male models in womens’ runway shows.
“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,” Gunn Told Huff Post.
“It underscores all of those body issues that we know women have,” he continued. “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.”
He also thought little of clothing giant, Barney’s recent ad campaign, ‘Brothers. Sisters, Sons and Daughters’ which featured 17 transgender models, suggesting it was preaching to the converted.
Gunn said: “I feel that these are people who are already ‘on the team.’ I think it could be more impactful if Target or Kmart were to do such a thing.”
The LGBT community disagrees, with many coming out in support of Barneys for sending a positive nessage to young LGBT people.
The Barney’s campaign was shot by LGBT advocate Bruce Weber.
Check out a few images from the Barney campaign below