Tom Ford recently dished to Out magazine about how he met his boyfriend of 24 years Richard Buckley, but in a conversation with artist John Currin for Interview, Ford talked about his feelings for the opposite gender:
I lust after beautiful women. First of all, I love women. But I lust after beautiful women in the way that I lust after a beautiful piece of sculpture -- this will probably get me in trouble -- or a beautiful car. I believe everyone's on a sliding scale of sexuality. There are moments where I am sexually attracted to women. But it doesn't overpower my first impulse; my lust for them is the same as my lust for beauty in all things. It's not like I ever think, "Oh, my god, I've got to spread her legs and fuck her."
Holy Tom Ford f-bomb! But moving along, cue the story of when the designer talked to a reporter in the buff:
FORD: Someone asked me recently about male nudity, and I brought up the subject that, in our culture, we use female nudity to sell everything. We're very comfortable objectifying women. Women go out and they are basically wearing nothing. Their feet and toes are exposed, their legs are exposed, their breasts are exposed. Everything is exposed -- the neck, the arms. You have to be really physically perfect, as a woman, in our culture to be considered beautiful. But full frontal male nudity challenges us. It makes men nervous. It makes women nervous. Other times in history, male nudes have been regarded in a different way. The Olympics were originally held nude. The reporter I was explaining this to said, "This would make a great story." I explained how when I come home I actually take off all my clothes, and I wear no clothes until I leave. I eat naked. I do everything completely naked. He said, "That would make a great interview." I said, "Fine, we have to do it nude."
CURRIN: How old was the interviewer?
FORD: Oh, 55 or 56. [Currin laughs] He was in very good shape. Anyway, we did the interview. The interviewer was straight, and I made it a point to desexualize the interview even though I was sitting with my legs wide open, completely naked. At the end of the interview, I put on a dressing gown and he put on his clothes, and I sat next to him on the sofa and said, "Was that sexual?" He said, "Absolutely not." And I said, "That's because I didn't make it sexual. Sexuality is in the eyes, it's an expression, it's in a look." Then, all of a sudden, I looked at him in a very different way, and it made him very nervous.
Ok...'fess up, fashion writers! Who just spent a significant amount of time naked in the same room as Tom Ford? Seriously. Read the rest at Interview.