Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir comes to St. Petersburg Macy's, talks fashion
Occasionally, like almost every day, my job is pretty cool.
Last week, especially. I got to interview Olympic ice skater Johnny Weir, he of outrageous Spandex jumpsuits and makeup and quotes that make staid skating announcers loosen their ties.
He's also a huge fashion buff, and he's in our town to talk about that very thing for Pride week. You can meet Johnny and RuPaul's Drag Race star Alexis Mateo at 6 p.m. Friday at Macy's at Tyrone Square Mall. Georgie's Alibi will provide snacks and champagne. With any purchase of $50 or more from Papi Underwear, you'll receive a free matching T-shirt or hat, and with any purchase of $75 or more during the event, you'll get to meet Weir and receive an autographed copy of Welcome to My World, his new book.
You can read the whole interview here, in which he discusses his decision to come out as gay in his book. But I wanted to give you some of his more fashionable excerpts first. Dude doesn't hold back, that's for sure.
On summer style: "I hate shorts in general because I have big ice skater thighs and a big booty, but it has been so hot. I love tank tops. I love really flowy long cardigans. I love Japanese street fashion. Anything Japanese or very preppy with the plaid shorts."
On skating looks: "People forget that skating costumes are just that, costumes. It’s not something I’d walk down the street in. I love the fact that I have that other personality, like Beyoncé had Sasha Fierce."
On inspirations: "Lady Gaga, Elton John, Karl Lagerfeld. The staples."
On his favorite color: "I really like gold. I would love a gold medal. I think gold is beautiful. It stands for power, it stands for wealth, it stands for longevity."
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Photos: Times files