Catching Up With Johnny Weir

7.5.2010

By Dustin Fitzharris

You said on Bluefly that you have small feet. What size?
8

That's not bad --
It doesn't mean anything at all about what you're packing!

The only place to go from there is on to fur! Animal rights groups have been after you in the past for wearing it. What do you say to them?
They have their choice to support their activism and to speak their minds, and I have the right to speak my mind too. I'm not passionate about learning about the fur farms and how the animals get killed. I'm passionate about fashion, and fur is a big part of that. I'm also a winter athlete. You can't go walk the streets of Moscow when it's minus 30 and wear some type of plastic. You need a natural warm thing. I am not going to change something I love because someone tells me it's wrong.

Two Canadian broadcasters had much to say about your appearance at the Winter Olympics and even went so far as to say that you should undergo a gender test. You responded with: 'It wasn't these two men criticizing my skating, it was them criticizing me as a person. Nobody knows me. I think masculinity is what you believe it to be." What is masculinity to you?
To me masculinity and femininity are nothing. I don't believe in them being real adjectives. You can say someone is tall or someone is short. You can't say someone is masculine or feminine. Of course when you think of a masculine person -- at least in America -- we think of a football player or Marlon Brando. For feminine we think of Nicole Kidman. For me, you can make anything masculine and you can make anything feminine. We have so many beautiful drag queens on RuPaul's Drag Race that are so much more ladylike and beautiful than lots of women we know. Then there are lots of lesbians who look like beautiful boys. They are masculine in every way even though they are women.

Who is masculine to you?
Mikhail Baryshnikov

You have been very quiet about your sexuality, saying you don't want people to focus on it; you want the attention on the sport. Is that still how you feel?
I've always been comfortable with who I am. When it comes to my sexuality, I just finished the chapter in my book [to be released in January] about my sexuality and my idea of it. I haven't discussed it -- not because I'm ashamed of anything you'll read about when my book comes out -- I just don't want to put it out there in a way where someone can twist my words. While I don't believe in masculinity and femininity, I don't believe in a purely gay person or a purely straight person. I have a very clear opinion of my own sexuality. I'm not saying anything about my sexuality because I want it to be out there in my own words.

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