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Pete Buttigieg turned down Tom Ford’s offer to style him

Nick Duffy August 22, 2019
Fashion designer Tom Ford offered to fix Pete Buttigieg's ill-fitting suits

Fashion designer Tom Ford offered to fix Pete Buttigieg's ill-fitting suits (Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

Pete Buttigieg rejected an approach from designer Tom Ford to style him for his 2020 Presidential campaign.

The out Indiana mayor, whose groundbreaking bid for President been earning favour from famous LGBT+ names, crossed paths with Ford at a private event.

Speaking to Vogue, Ford revealed that after the event, he contacted the candidate’s husband Chasten Buttigieg to offer some support with the candidate’s ill-fitting suits.

Pete Buttigieg turned down Tom Ford’s offer to fix his suits

However, Buttigieg returned a polite no thank you, apparently conscious of how an association with a luxury fashion designer may not best sell his small-town Midwestern charm.

There appears to be no hard feelings for Ford, who is a huge fan of the political hopeful.

He said: “‘Obviously he can’t wear my clothes. They’re too expensive, they’re wrong, they’re not made in America. And besides, whatever he’s doing is working. So does anyone need to f**k with it?”

Ford told the outlet that he feels a near-constant tension under the Trump administration, but remains hopeful that there will be a broad re-invigoration of interest in politics and government over the coming years.

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Elsewhere in the interview, Ford opened up about how his fashion has evolved since the #MeToo movement.

He said: “I wouldn’t shave a G into somebody’s pubic hair anymore.

“Political correctness has become fashion correctness, and you almost can’t say a thing about anything. But the bottom line is that I like the way women’s bodies look, I like the way men’s bodies look.

Tom Ford and his husband Richard Buckley attend the 2017 Writers Guild Awards L.A. Ceremony at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 19, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California
Tom Ford and his husband Richard Buckley attend the 2017 Writers Guild Awards L.A. Ceremony at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 19, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Todd Williamson/Getty Images)

“My own persona remains sex, even if I’ve moved on to a different stage in my reality.

“The new me is 58 years old, with a six-year-old kid upstairs, a 70-year-old husband. Very different. But we’re human. Sex is a side effect of affection.”

Speaking previously, he said: “What’s great about this new generation is that they’re growing up in a culture where anything goes.

“If you’re a guy who paints his nails, that doesn’t mean anything.

“You’re a man sleeping with a man? So what, that doesn’t mean you’re gay.

“I think that men have always been just as vain and cared just as much (about their appearance) as women, but our culture perhaps didn’t support it.”

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