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Why Male Models Can't Walk The Runway Walk

First Posted: 02/15/2011 9:59 am Updated: 05/25/2011 6:30 pm

From the New York Times and the Washington Post comes what might be our favorite fashion week observation: male models can't walk.

The Times' Stuart Emmrich describes a "Zoolander"-esque scene:

At the Calvin Klein men's show on Sunday, one model walked into a wall, a few awkwardly bumped into each other as they passed on the runway, and one looked as if he was going to keel over from the sheer effort of trying to walk in a straight line.

And WaPo's Sarah Kaufman went straight to the source, asking model Robert Jackson King III a.k.a. RJ what exactly is the problem:

"I've never walked with a bag," he confesses.

"When I was first learning to walk, they told me to move the arm forward that's opposite to your leg. And I was like, 'That's obvious.' Then I was like, 'What?' And I was screwing it up, and they were like, 'No! Forget it!' 'Cause I am definitely the person to overthink things."

Okay, so maybe it isn't that simple. Designer Michael Bastian adds:

"The minute a male model looks like he's doing a runway walk, it falls apart. It should look like they're just walking. The minute you see a guy doing one of those Naomi Campbell catwalk-action kind of things, it falls apart. A lot of hips and the scissor walk? No! Men always need to be men."

Read the rest at the Times or the Washington Post.

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