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Tom Ford: ‘You’re a man sleeping with men? That doesn’t mean you’re gay’

Tom Ford: ‘You’re a man sleeping with men? That doesn’t mean you’re gay’

Tom Ford

American fashion designer Tom Ford praised today’s ‘anything goes’ culture when it comes to blurring the lines with style.

In an interview with the Telegraph, he said: ‘What’s great about this new generation is that they’re growing up in a culture where anything goes.

‘If you’re a guy who paints his nails, that doesn’t mean anything. You’re a man sleeping with a man? So what, that doesn’t mean you’re gay,’ he said.

‘Why can’t a man wear a beautiful peony-based fragrance?’

Ford also revealed he hates the word ‘masculine’ to describe his new fragrance. He revealed the name of his fragrance, Fucking Fabulous, last week (1 September) but says he creates unisex scents.

On masculinity, Ford said: ‘I hate that word.

‘If you love something and it smells great, why shouldn’t you wear it?’

He asked: ‘Why can’t a man wear a beautiful peony-based fragrance?’

Tom Ford has branched out from fashion to direct A Single Man and Nocturnal Animals
Tom Ford has branched out from fashion to direct A Single Man and Nocturnal Animals

Ford is also a film director, screen-writer and producer. He lives with his husbandRichard Buckley, who he has been together with for over 30 years.

On gender fluidity throughout history, Ford said: ‘I think that men have always been just as vain and cared just as much [about their appearance] as women, but our culture perhaps didn’t support it.

‘Let’s look at the 18th century; those guys would go around with little red heels, lace, face powder, beauty marks.

‘There have been moments in time where men expressed their vanity and didn’t worry about whether that compromised their masculinity,’ he said.

Tom Ford: All men should be sexually penetrated

In an interview with GQ Magazine, Ford made the bold statement that all men should be sexually penetrated at least once.

‘I think it would help them understand women,’ Ford said.

‘It’s such a vulnerable position to be in, and it’s such a passive position to be in. And there’s such an invasion, in a way, that even if it’s consensual, it’s just very personal.’