Catching Up With Johnny Weir
By Dustin Fitzharris
When you hear the name Johnny Weir, it's not the fact that he's a three-time U.S. National Champion and Olympic figure skating star that first comes to mind. Instead, it's usually the looming question of his sexuality, his TV series on the Sundance Channel, Be Good Johnny Weir, or his infamous catfights with fellow skating star Evan Lysacek.
Then there are his outlandish sequined, fur, and spandex costumes. Recently Weir opened up his closet to Bluefly's Closet Confessions, an online social media venture celebrating creative wardrobes, to show off the wares that have made him the target of criticism in the figure staking community. Earlier this year two Canadian commentators suggested that based on his mannerisms and costumes he may be too gay for figure skating. One said, 'They'll think all the boys who skate will end up like him. It sets a bad example.'
Out caught up with Johnny a day before his 26th -- or, as he likes to say, his "25th again" -- birthday last week. He wasn't shy about addressing his critics or giving us his honest opinion on Lysacek. However, when it came to his sexuality, Johnny did one clever axel and jumped right over the topic.
Out: First thing first. What are you wearing?
Johnny Weir: A little pair of silver loafers of D&G from years ago. Short shorts, a tank top, a Yankees hat, and sunglasses. I'm going to get my hair done before the party tonight.
You've said you don't carry a murse or a man-bag -- it's a straight up purse. In your purse you mentioned you have sunscreen, moisturizer and cameras. What else is in there?
I live out of my bag. I'm always running from one place to another and there is never time to run home in between. I just have this whole collection of shit that I accumulate throughout the day. It could be newspapers and faxes and water bottles. I guess it's a work bag, but I like to do it in style instead of using a briefcase.
When you were younger Justin Timberlake and *NSYNC had a big effect on your fashion sense. What do you think of Justin's look today?
I think he always looks very dapper when he shows up at different events. He's turned out very well. His personal street style that you see in all the tabloids is not really my style. It looks like he's always trying to be comfortable. I can understand that.
How would you describe your style?
It's kind of Gaga and New York street urchin.
Speaking of Gaga, you really love her, don't you?
I beyond love her. She is a way of life.
What do you love about her?
I just find her so unique, and that's something that's really hard to find in the world. It's hard to find someone who is comfortable going out there with sunglasses lit up with cigarettes or cans of diet Coke wrapped up in a wig. Nobody has the balls to do that. My whole adolescence was just about copying each other. We had Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera copycats. Then we had *NSYNC and Backstreet Boys. Then L-Town or O-Town or P-Town, whatever the hell they are.
Would you say you are unique?
In my own way I think I am. Since I was 13 or 14, I've always wanted to do something unique with fashion and music. I didn't try to set myself apart; I just didn't want to conform to what people had done before.