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Tim Gunn: I’m ‘conflicted’ about letting trans people be models

Nick Duffy July 25, 2014

Tim Gunn has said he is “conflicted” about letting trans women be models because they have the “bone structure of a man”.

The Project Runway mentor was speaking earlier this week, before model Andreja Pejić revealed that she is a transgender woman this morning.

He told Huffington Post: “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.

“[With trans models] 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.

“One of my mantras is that it’s important to be honest; it’s important to be direct.”

Gunn has been a mentor on Project Runway for 12 seasons, and is an advocate for animal rights charity PETA.

Coming out as trans today, Pejić wrote: “I hope that by being open about this, it becomes less of an issue.

“I always dreamt of being a girl. One of my earliest memories is spinning around in my mom’s skirt trying to look like a ballerina.

“I kept my dreams and my imagination to myself and became pretty good at acting as a boy. But I was hiding who I was.”

More: Andreja Pejić, Employment, Gay, model, Models, Project Runway, Trans, Transgender, US

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