Any fan of Project Runway is probably at least a little in love with Tim Gunn. What’s not to love? He’s tough, kind, and very well put together. What you may not know is that Mr. Gunn is actually a Southern Girl. Don’t believe me? Here’s proof.
He’s a Fashion Consultant.
To begin with the obvious, this man knows his fashion and he’s not afraid to tell you when your outfit isn’t up to his standards. If you’ve ever been around a Southern Girl you have undoubtedly experienced the look, possibly accompanied by a ‘bless your heart,’ when your own attire has not lived up to her Southern style sensibility. They both know what they’re talking about.
Gunn’s Golden Rules: Life’s Little Lessons for Making It Work is an extremely practical guide to doing everything right. From how to behave at a dinner party to how to run a company, Gunn dishes his etiquette without apology. And if you don’t get it, you just won’t be invited back.
He’s Saving It.
Like many a good Southern girl, Tim Gunn is saving himself. For what, we’re not entirely sure, but that’s his business. With 29 years of celibacy under his belt, so to speak, you have to admire his commitment. Maybe someone told him, just like your momma may have told you, “You don’t need a man to be happy!”
He’s Practically Julia Sugarbaker.
You have to have serious moxie to run any business, let alone a world class design empire like the Parsons School for Design, where he rose and eventually ruled supreme until 2007 when he left to be Chief Creative Liz Claiborne and then Project Runway. That’s a lot of design, and a lot of leadership. And presumably, a lot of on-point rants about how one should and should not behave.
As I come to the end of this list, I realize I may have misspoke. Tim Gunn is not a Southern Girl at all. He’s an amazing, strong, accomplished, sassy Southern woman. May we all aspire to be so lucky.