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Project Runway's father hen, Tim Gunn, might seem mild-mannered and polite on television, but he sure lets it rip in print. In Gunn's new book,
Tim Gunn: a guide to quality, taste, and style Gunn's Golden Rules, he really lets loose, making enemies left and right, and calling out fashion industry VIPs. A sampling:
On Anna Wintour's adoring minions: "It’s insane that people don’t call her out on the things she does. Is it fear? I was certainly afraid of her. When her office called me, I thought I’d have to go into the witness protection program."Masquerading as an etiquette and lifestyle guide, Gunn's book seems more like an opportunity for the reality TV house-father to talk smack about other famous people. His family isn't spared, either—and neither are historical figures. He calls his on-death's-door mother "a stone." He says his former FBI agent father might have been gay—and he speculates about the sexual orientation of J. Edgar Hoover.
He calls Mizrahi a terrible person: "Oh, please, I was so kind to him. I mean, I wouldn’t have the words to describe some of the more abhorrent behavior. He really is a terrible, terrible, terrible person."
He claims Alexis Stewart calls Martha a bitch: Alexis is "one of the angriest people I’ve ever met. [She] kept cursing under her breath in anticipation of her mother coming—'goddamn bitch,' almost as if she had Tourette’s syndrome."
Gunn himself says he, himself, hasn't had sex in decades and he considers himself a "gay role model"—"I wanted to say that, whether you’re gay or straight, you can live a celibate life and be perfectly satisfied and happy," he writes.
· Gunn's blazing: TV's favorite fashion guru Tim unleashes some serious dish [NY Daily News]