Out.com Exclusive: Runaway Runway Winner
By Ari Bendersky
What�s your relationship like with Wendy Pepper now?
We�re having a child together! I don�t know. I don�t have much of a relationship with her. We have an understanding, probably. She adores me and is jealous of me. Wendy�s an interesting person. She�s educated and was in the Peace Corps and lived in Tibet. She�s very witty and has this disgusting, weird, strategic, psychotic, bipolar, messed-up side too.
When did you decide you had a real winning shot?
I knew while I made my collection I was going to be strong. But probably when I saw how smoothly it was going during fittings and model castings. I didn�t really know [that I would win], you know? Kara Saun and I were on equal ground.
You looked so nervous.
Why does everyone keep saying that?
At the very end when you were sitting there and [final episode judge] Parker Posey was talking to you, you looked like you couldn�t speak.
Wouldn�t you be nervous? It was like someone telling you your fate for the next couple of years.
We saw some pictures from your youth on the show. Were you a nerd in high school?
No, not at all. I was in band, but I wasn�t a nerd by any means. I was in Key Club and student council and in plays and environmental club. I was voted Best Dressed. Fuckin�-A, man, I was 14�who was cool? I was a fuckin� fat ass like I am now.
Speaking of which, your sister said you needed liposuction. One of the models called you Buddha. Does that give you a complex?
I�m over it. I�ve been husky my whole life. My mom took me to that weird section in Sears. It�s genetics. At the end of the day, I�ve learned it�s not what�s on the outside. When I�m trying to find a man, it�s totally what�s on the outside, but for them trying to find me, it�s what�s on the inside. Double standard. But now I can pay for sex!