You might assume that most accomplished athletes have a place in their homes with all of their accolades. One place where, when they need a little pick me up, or to remind guests who they are, they can point to and say "yeah, that's me!" And while most might have that, Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy is not in that number.
"I don't want a shrine to myself," Kenworthy told Architectural Digest in a feature about the redesign of his West Hollywood apartment. At the time, Kneworhty was showing YouTube's Derek Blasberg the lone model he had kept, his 2014 Winter Olympics silver medal for ski slopestyle. "I gave all the other trophies to my high school. I only kept this one because friends ask to see it all the time." But don't think that a lack of trophies means there's not some interesting places for the eye to rest.
Kenworthy, who has lived in the apartment since 2018, when he moved to California in order to pursue a career in Hollywood, has filled the space with works from queer artists. There's an original tom of Finland Sketch, pieces by Andy Warhol — a Polaroid of Dolly Parton among them — as well as an "oil painting of two men canoodling by Mark Beard." They decorate the walls of a home that took a year to renovate.
The remodel was headed up by Orlando Soria, an interior design and writer that got his first break into the public consciousness as an on-camera assistant in Secrets from a Stylist. Now, still on HGTV, he is the host of Build Me Up. (If you're wondering, his Instagram bio begins with "Hi, I'm gay!") The pair worked together to build a "chic and playful bachelor pad," which will be revealed more in detail on Soria's show. But they had a little help.
Kenworthy's ex, Matt Wilkas apparently did some work. According to AD, the actor "applied a hand-scraped plaster treatment to the walls." Because, what else are exes for?