Fashion designer-filmmaker Tom Ford
prefers to be nude.
The designer with the looks to hawk his
own fashions suggests as much in a new interview with celebrity
Ford has been with his partner Richard
Buckley for more than 24 years. The
pair grace the current cover of gay glossy Out's love issue.
Ford directed last year's A Single Man.
In discussing the differences between
beauty and sexuality – Ford suggested that sexuality is in the
eyes, not the naked body – the 49-year-old Ford revealed he prefers
to be nude.
“You have to be really physically
perfect, as a woman, in our culture to be considered beautiful,”
Ford said. “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.”
Ford went on to say that he agreed to
be interviewed by the reporter in the nude.
“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 the sudden, I
looked at him in a very different way, and it made him very nervous.”