Johnny Weir: “I do have a lot of fur. I’m a big fan of fur.”

wenn2861962

I read a while back that Johnny Weir was going to try to become a fashion designer, in addition to his other careers as “ice skater” and “international fabulous bitch”. I didn’t realize that Weir’s plans for a clothing line had gotten this far though – he confirms to New York Magazine that he’s already meeting with people about financing the line and maybe branding some existing lines. But, this time in between the Olympics and now hasn’t been wasted, because Johnny says “It seems like it’s been a long time since the Olympics, but it really hasn’t and I haven’t stopped doing appearances and performing. And I’m writing my single and trying to write my book. And I found a little bit of cellulite yesterday so I’ve been in the gym every day.” He also talks about his love of fur, his love of Chanel, all of the women’s shoes he buys for himself, and how much he hates Tom Cruise’s lifts (note: he doesn’t actually mention Cruise).

Figure skater Johnny Weir let Bluefly video cameras into his closet so that the nation might ogle his vast clothing collection, which contains much more than controversial fur-accented unitards. Weir has a two-bedroom apartment in New Jersey, one bedroom of which he uses just for clothes — in addition to his two walk-in closets. “I live in New Jersey, and that affords me a lot more closet space than the average New Yorker gets,” Weir explained. “And believe me, I need it!” We spoke to him more about his Chanel jacket obsession, fur pillows, Louboutins as art pieces, and his upcoming clothing line.

What is your advice on closet cleaning?
I don’t get rid of anything — I’m such a pack rat. There could be something that I got ten years ago that I wouldn’t get rid of. I have a vintage Chanel jacket that I don’t actually fit into — a very classic Chanel tweed jacket. I just have it as a sort of art installment. And someday I’m going to have a kid, so whether it’s a boy or girl they’re going to inherit a really great wardrobe.

Do you wear women’s clothing?
I’m lucky because I’m really small so I can wear men’s clothes and women’s clothes.

Do you wear women’s shoes, too?
Usually I try not to buy women’s shoes — I have no heels in my collection. I want to buy a pair of Louboutin patent-leather heels just to fit in the apartment as an art installation. I have a pair of Chanel women’s boat shoes and a pair of women’s sneakers from Gucci. And I have a small foot.

How do you feel about man heels?
I don’t like the idea of that look — I think it’s not quite right. But there are those situations where you’re performing or doing a shoot where, you know, there’s nothing wrong with a little heel. I think more men should walk in heels and run in heels and see what women have to deal with every day.

How often do you shop?
It depends on the paychecks. It depends if I’m having a good month or a bad month, but if it’s a good month I’ll go and treat myself once or twice a week. I recently got a deal to write a book and I had to treat myself and I went and bought myself a Chanel jacket — a new one, a modern one from one of the recent collections.

What are your tips for closet organization?
I know exactly everything that I have. Whether it’s a tank top or fur coat, I’ll be able to pinpoint exactly where it goes in the house. I have special bins for things I don’t actually wear because I don’t actually need them. And I keep everything color coded, so I have a very strict system of closeting.

You encountered a spot of trouble earlier this year for wearing a bit of fur on one of your skating outfits. Do you own a lot of fur?
I do have a lot of fur. I’m a big fan of fur. I’m not a fan of nutria or fake fur and I’ve taken a lot of flack for that, but it’s just a choice that I make. I travel a lot to Russia and it’s usually in winter when I’m in Russia, so you can’t walk around in a plastic coat and plastic boots when it’s minus 40 degrees. I’m from the country, I’ve gone hunting, so I know what happens. I know everything there is to know about the fur industry and I choose to wear fur.

How do you store your furs?
I have one closet that’s special and air conditioned just for fur, but it’s all fur coats and scarves and blankets and pillows and things like that.

You have real fur pillows?
I like to have a furry bed. I like to get cozy even in the summertime. The air conditioning gets cold and I like to snuggle.

How’s the clothing line coming along?
We’re meeting with several different producers and people that are willing to help and want to help and are very passionate about me sort of putting my name on some fashions. I’ve been so busy, and it seems like it’s been a long time since the Olympics, but it really hasn’t and I haven’t stopped doing appearances and performing. And I’m writing my single and trying to write my book. And I found a little bit of cellulite yesterday so I’ve been in the gym every day.

What kind of price point are you aiming for?
I want Chanel quality, of course — a different price point, but of course Chanel quality. If I’m going to put my name on it, it’s gotta be good enough for Uncle Karl. Price point? I’m thinking along the lines of All Saints or Topshop — I wouldn’t go crazy and put my name on a heel for $700. I’m not a tried-and-true designer just yet. Maybe when I’m 50 or 70 I can put my name on a shoe for $700.

[From New York Magazine]

Oh my God, he refers to Karl Lagerfeld as “Uncle Karl”. The Anger Bear will not approve! Or maybe they’re friends…? I also love when he’s talking about man-heels. “There’s nothing wrong with a little heel” – how much would you love to see Johnny Weir and Tom Cruise interact with each other? That should be a movie. I also love this line: “I want to buy a pair of Louboutin patent-leather heels just to fit in the apartment as an art installation.” Not to wear, mind you, although this bitch probably would “wear them around the house.” He just wants to put them on a pedestal, with good lighting.

wenn2850010

wenn2877463

Johnny on May 16 & 24 & June 6, 2010. Credit: WENN.

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

58 Responses to “Johnny Weir: “I do have a lot of fur. I’m a big fan of fur.””

Comments are Closed

We close comments on older posts to fight comment spam.

  1. guilty pleasures says:

    And, my love, i am a big fan of YOU! **smooches***

  2. Patrice says:

    This is terrible. There’s nothing else to say. Oh, except the fur that gets made into commercial coats has absolutely NOTHING TO DO with some solitary hunter going out into the woods!! Those animals are kept in rusty metal cages on “fur farms” and are tortured until their last breath. So much for him “knowing eveything there is to know…”

  3. audrey says:

    Patrice – i agree.
    It’s not the same thing. At all.

  4. hatsumomo says:

    He has a tree in his closet made of Balenciaga bags. What a lucky bitch.

  5. Shut Up Already says:

    If you truly know everything there is to know about the fur industry and still love it, then that says a lot about the kind of person you are. I imagine you like to kick puppies and play catch with kittens as well. Cut the feet off of rabbits while they are still alive to add to your lucky rabbits foot man purse. And I bet you probably do sing when showing off your collection, “See my vest, see my vest, made from real Gorilla chest…” A gay Mr. Burns, yes, that is how I will see you from now on.

  6. NOFUR says:

    I’d like to see somebody skin him alive!! CREEP!!!

  7. djork says:

    This kid’s a reprehensible moron.

  8. Angel says:

    whatever, haters gonna hate.

    I love this bitch.

  9. geraldo says:

    He is one of the creepiest mo-fo’s I have ever laid eyes on. Yick.

  10. Bill Hicks is God says:

    Figure skater? Is his picture in the dictionary under Gay or cliché? Who flipped the coin?

    Oh wait, “I know everything there is to know about the fur industry and I choose to wear fur.” We’ll find him under the definition for “Inhumane Materialistic Stereotype.”

  11. Obvious says:

    love him. maybe not the fur part in general?

    I have a fur coat-it was passed down from my great grandma. I’d wear it but i’m afraid someone will ruin it because they don’t like fur. As this coat is nearly 100 years old, i don’t see a problem with it. it’s new stuff that pises me off. There are tons of vintage furs around that people could wear new fur is just bad.

    wow, that sounded odd even in my head.

  12. Crash2GO2 says:

    Hmm! He actually sounds surprisingly grounded. Except for the part about finding some cellulite.

  13. Sumodo1 says:

    Johnny is genius!

  14. Scarlet Vixen says:

    Johnny Weir owns vintage and new furs. And, not every company in the fur industry puts their animals in rusty cages and treats them inhumanely. Do your damn research before you chastise people you don’t know for being ignorant when they claim to be knowledgable. Most-if not all-his furs come from countries with highly regulated laws regarding the fur industry. So, maybe–just maybe–the guy knows what he’s talking about. Ugh…what is it about anti-fur people??

  15. linlin says:

    He fights for respect for Gay rights…but he does not gives a damn
    about Animal Rights…

    besides it is a waste of fur…HE
    LOOKS RIDICULOUS with his “creative” trashy fashion…

    there is Gay people that have a Glamorous and fancy style…

    to be Gay does not mean to be a Clown
    shame on you…

  16. OC lady says:

    I’ve been to Russia, too. And, yes, you can wear a nice wool coat or a fake fur coat in the winter. You won’t die from the cold. Contrary to popular belief, you will actually survive the winter!

    What a funny excuse. Most people don’t buy fur for the cold. The real reason most people get fur: vanity and to display their wealth (altough they will never admit it).

  17. original kate says:

    “I travel a lot to Russia and it’s usually in winter when I’m in Russia, so you can’t walk around in a plastic coat and plastic boots when it’s minus 40 degrees.”

    funny, people who climb mt. everest don’t do so in fur coats. get a clue.

  18. Katyusha says:

    @ Obvious

    It should sound odd, there’s no logic in your argument. A fur coat from 100 years ago isn’t any better, seeing that back then, there were no animal welfare regulations at all, and the trapping methods then were even more horrific.

    So yeah, wear that coat! :)

    This guy is an idiot. He and Kelly Bensimon should start a “Completely Oblivious and In Denial” club.

  19. viper says:

    A balless hypocrite: waaah poor animals *drives a car, lives in a neighborhood that used to be a forest, eat fast food, wears footwear, owns a pet that is fixed* nobody thinks about the furry cutie animals.

    Individual with balls says: I eat meat I wear leather and I could careless about furry animals. They make good coats rugs and comfy UGG’s.

  20. Bill Hicks is God says:

    “I travel a lot to Russia and it’s usually in winter when I’m in Russia, so you can’t walk around in a plastic coat and plastic boots when it’s minus 40 degrees.”

    I guess while in Russia he never came across a bread line.

  21. KJ says:

    I don’t see any real reason for anyone to wear fur anymore. None. Faux fur looks and feels fine, and if your snobbish requirements about the look and feel of fur are more important than the lives of the animals that are clearly being hurt (completely unnecessarily btw, animals do not need to be tortured or injured, they can be humanely euthanized but I guess that’s too much to ask of fur manufacturers and slaughterhouses), then you’re probably an asshole. And fur isn’t even the ideal fabric of choice for fucking mountain climbers in the Himalayas, so the whole excuse about the weather is just bullshit.

    I’m not with that PETA self righteous shit, but I do have a lower opinion of people who think wearing fur is just the best thing ever. It’s not, and innocent animals shouldn’t have to suffer so imperfect humans can look “fabulous.”

  22. imho says:

    Though I don’t like fur, I just don’t think it looks nice, and I do feel bad for the animals and the conditions that they are put through, everytime I hear someone on their high horse wanting to skin a person alive for wearing fur(hypocritical much?) I want to go but one and then a meal from KFC.

  23. Marjalane says:

    I feel bad for Johnny Weir; He wants SO badly to BE someone and he just can’t stop sticking his ignorant foot in his mouth!

  24. Katyusha says:

    Scarlet Vixen, can you provide a link that backs up how you know where the hell he gets his fur from?

    Fact: China is the world’s largest exporter of fur (you can google this); and we all know how they treat their animals.

    So if you see someone wearing fur, statistically, there’s a large chance it came from China.

    I don’t want keep arguing with people about this, so I won’t go on about it.
    But for people who say, “Do your damn research before you chastise people you don’t know for being ignorant when they claim to be knowledgable,” those people should take their own advice.

  25. Obvious says:

    I will say this one. My friend HAD a beautiful faux fur (synthetic) fur coat, and it looked real. She had red paint thrown on her by a PETA member making a stand against fur in New York last year.

    Most people can’t tell the difference unless told, so maybe PETA should BTF off on come things.

  26. elisha says:

    Love him. I watch his show on Sundance. He’s very endearing. He taught himself Russian and is a smart businessbitch. Watching his show makes me want to be his best friend. I’m glad he’s being honest and upfront about his fur fetish as opposed to taking the politically correct path just for the sake of being liked (which would be lying). Refreshing.

  27. Rachum says:

    1. Since when exactly did Chloe Sevigny become an ice skater?

    2. Bitch needs to watch earthlings and then tell me he knows all there is to know about the fur industry.

  28. mln says:

    I totally disagree with him on fur but I still think he is a hot bitch!

  29. viper says:

    Anyone who thinks that there are humane ways of killing anything is a daft nutter. Esspeically when the suggestion of anesthesia is thrown out. They have no idea how anestheia works, only a moron would think that it was a cut and dry affair. Not to mention how expensive it would be ( you think the cocktail is a cheap mix you’re beside yourself! ) just for one bloody animal. FTS just chop the heads off or slit their throats like they already do. If people have problems with the methods of slaughting, grow your own crap. Or better yet; have these bleeding hearted people take their arguments to the carnivors of the wild and see how they fair.

  30. Ron says:

    A couple of things..

    Love Vipers comment!

    And what does gay have to do with any of this?

    Also, Peta throwing paint on people only makes them kill more animals when they buy two more new fur coats. I have never known anyone that this has happened to, who has not contiuned to wear fur. As a method to stop fur use, it’s a complete and total failure.

  31. birdgherl says:

    There is no such thing as humane fur. Period.

    Other than that, I love watching this bitch spin. She is going to be entertaining for years to come.

  32. Solveig says:

    “viper:
    June 30th, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    A balless hypocrite: waaah poor animals *drives a car, lives in a neighborhood that used to be a forest, eat fast food, wears footwear, owns a pet that is fixed* nobody thinks about the furry cutie animals.

    Individual with balls says: I eat meat I wear leather and I could careless about furry animals. They make good coats rugs and comfy UGG’s. ”

    Fortunately I’m a female and I don’t need balls.
    Fortunately I don’t drive a car and I try to live an environment-friendly life as much as I can.
    Fortunately I’m vegan.
    In any case there is a huge different between killing an animal for vanity (and be proud of such stupidity) and killing an animal to eating it.
    And yes, in my family, where not everyone is vegetarian, we buy eggs, meat and dairy that do not come from mass production industry.
    As you can see you can respect animals even when you are eating them.

    Two words to describe J. Weir: dumb bitch.

  33. Liana says:

    I can’t with him. He tries way too hard and comes off as not very authentic a person.

    And yes, you can, as Solveig says, respect animals even if you eat them. I’m a lacto-ovo vegetarian and any dairy and/or eggs I consume comes from small local farms that treat their animals in a humane fashion.

  34. Shoe Lover says:

    I loathe this guy. Even if you could say that every animal murdered for their fur was treated humanely (which you cant and most likely never will be able to) the point is these poor animals are being MURDERED for nothing other than human VANITY! The fur industry is cruel and needs to be shut down. I cant with this b!tch- same goes for Brooke Shields

  35. Emily says:

    “I like to have a furry bed. I like to get cozy even in the summertime. The air conditioning gets cold and I like to snuggle.”
    Um, maybe turn the air con off and open a window? F*cking hell, I doubt New Jersey gets as hot in summer as Melbourne does, and I manage fine with just the window open.

  36. Duh says:

    It’s Johnny choice. It’s his legal right to wear fur.

    Making death threats against him and his family are beyond wrong and moronic.

    Million quite possible billions of people around the world wear animal products including pelts, skins (leather is that a leather wallet in your suede purse?)and other parts of animals. And billions of humans on this planet eat other animals to demand that everyone who wears, uses and eats animals stop to suit the whims of a radical group is beyond absurd.

    So you don’t like it. Then do not wear it, don’t not buy it,but you have no right to impose your practices or beliefs on others let alone prevent others from expressing their own choices so long as its legal. Personally I don’t wear fur and I don’t wear leather clothing except for shoes. Does that mean that I should or can impose my standards on others, no.

    PETA and many other radical Animal Liberation organizations take the stance that humans are superior to other animals. Hell they still believe the BS that humans are the stewards over animals and that it is our job to sit by passively while other animals behave as nature dictates. Ingrid believes that humans aren’t even part of the animal chain and that we are something higher and better than minks, chinchillas and other creatures we should stop eating other animals, not possess other animals and not wear or use animal products. Personally I think that’s a f-ed view of the world. Humans are animals no better no worse. We kill other animals, other animals kill us. To think that we are superior in brain power to any other animal or to superimpose human feelings on another animal is ridiculous.

  37. Crash2GO2 says:

    @Duh: Bravo!!!!!

  38. Ralph says:

    And that’s why his career failed, stupid fur hag. He embarassed himself with that Lady Gaga crap at the Olympics. Worse skating ever.
    He talks about fur because everyone ignores him now.

    Bitch needs to put his crystal meth pipe down and take a seat.

    I can’t stand morons who wear fur.

  39. H.H. says:

    There is noting worse than someone whining about fur and then eating meat. People are so stupid. If you’re a dedicated vegan more power to you but stfu if you[‘re a hypocrite.

  40. karmarat says:

    Of course this turned into a pointless argument about the humanity (or lack thereof) of wearing fur. Nobody will have their mind changed, so just believe what you will and let it go. I personally find eating contests, $1000+ clothing, and any sort of preaching morally repugnant. You want to do those things, be honest about it. For that alone, I appreciate Mr. Weir.

  41. snowball says:

    I worked for a furrier here in southern Wisconsin for a month back when I first started college (25 years ago this fall). Back then, this guy actually sewed the coats himself, which is rarer now; a lot of the local furriers just buy the coats already made up in New York.

    The first time I saw a bundle of skins unwrapped, I cried like a baby because I had no idea what to expect and it wasn’t what I saw. Full skins of possum, rabbit, raccoon, squirrel, fox, mink and beaver. There simply is nothing like seeing what amounts to a flattened animal come in, get cut up, sewn and in some cases, have the fur shorn down to a half inch and dyed. I quit in a month.

    I’m not rabidly anti-meat or leather or fur. I’m realistic. People are going to make their own choices and there’s not a lot I can do about it. I’ve made my choices.

    Johnny Weir lives to be controversial. He’s a fairly talented skater, not nearly as talented as he thinks he is though. He stays relevant by making news like this; in four years, he won’t be the flavor of the month and his idiotic and exaggerated comments will be forgotten.

  42. Angel says:

    Of COURSE this turned into this.

    @Ralph

    That was an incredibly performance whether you liked it stylistically or not. How petty to say it was the worst skating ever simply because you don’t like his style choices. He is very, very talented; you look silly and catty for even trying to say otherwise.

    I don’t wear fur either but I appreciate this guys humour and spirit. He is a blast and I simply adore him. So he wears fur. That does not make him the worst ever at anything he will ever do. Get some perspective, people. A good start would be removing yourself from up there on your pedestals.

  43. Larissa says:

    It´s not because many here “hate” on fur wearing bitches it means we are linked at any level with PETA!

    Using PETA rants seems to be the only way fur lovers have to back their “constitutional right to wear fur”. And btw, it´s not because it´s not illegal that everyone just should agree with it! Gay Marriage is still “illegal” in many places…so just because is within the LAW, it should NEVER happen then? See how moronic it can get???

    And it´s not because I eat meat that I am a hipocrate for not contributing/supporting the fur industry. FYI I don´t eat MINKS, FOXES, CHINCHILLAS, LYNXES or DOGS and CATS!!!!!

  44. Liana says:

    Get some perspective, people. A good start would be removing yourself from up there on your pedestals.
    __________________

    Or removing some skater who routinely engages in over the top attention seeking behavior from the pedestal you’ve put him on.

  45. Katherine says:

    This man has absolutely nothing to offer to the World of Skating, but his annoying inflammatory comments about fur. He is obvioulsy lost in Rainbowland.
    He does not have an ounce of talent, and is probably working on some insignificant project like a line of leggings or make up for gay men.
    Yes, animals have to suffer when they are stripped of their fur. But this man?’s catty remarks are pathetic. I hope his project fails.

  46. Sns02215 says:

    As a gay man, I get sick to my stomach to see some flitty little queen like this out there reinforcing the stereotype. Get a freakin’ sex change already, cuz you ain’t playing on MY team anymore!

    Seriously. More of a woman than most women I’ve seen!

  47. omondieu says:

    Who the hell needs fur PILLOWS? That’s vile.

    I admire Johnny for his talent and for being different, but his constant bragging about how much fur he owns is extremely tacky, and seems to be done in a deliberate effort just to piss people off. Not cool, Johnny.

  48. Angel says:

    Nah. Liking someone’s work is not putting them on a pedestal. Bashing everything about them because they do something you don’t agree with is putting your beliefs on a pedestal. From some of these comments, you’d think he deserves no success at all simply because he likes fur and is honest about it.

    I agree the fur comments were in bad taste, but I sum it up to being young and impressionable and susceptible to the shallow idea of ‘glamor’ living in the spotlight encourages as well as the dire need to be controversial. Or, maybe he just likes fur. That is allowed, too, as unsavory as others may find it to be. The truth is that animals suffer just as horribly for many of the foods we eat every day (Land O’Lakes, anyone?) as for their fur. The important thing is that if you choose to wear fur that you are conscious of where you are getting it from and knowledgeable of their methods. There is no ‘humane’ way to kill an animal, period. Not even for food, if you want to get technical. He claims he is knowledgeable and he is intelligent enough that I will give him the benefit of the doubt. I am not going to tear the guy apart because of it. He is a talented kid and actually very funny and creative. I remember not long ago people going ballistic because Brooke Shields was looking at fur. You can disagree with someone’s choices without making them out to be a callous, evil, worthless, or a less intelligent or caring human-being than yourself just because they don’t live and feel the same way you do. omondieu’s comment is a perfect example of that.

    All that said, I am going to sit here and judge that commenter’s derogatory use of Rainbowland.

  49. gg says:

    He reminds me of PeeWee Herman, though I bet PeeWee does not wear furs.

  50. Patrice says:

    Scarlet Vixen: “Most-if not all-his furs come from countries with highly regulated laws regarding the fur industry”

    Ummm, REALLY?? And just where do you get YOUR “research” from? Because you and Weir are the best of friends and you know his shopping habits right? What you said is so laughable, this is as long as my response to it will be.

  51. Patrice says:

    Shut Up Already: Thank you! I couldn’t agree with your first sentence more : )

  52. Katyusha says:

    HAHAHAHA He DOES look like Pee Wee!! hahahah

  53. Jiminy Cricket says:

    To Scarlet Vixen:

    What the Hell is it with you people who can’t seem to grasp the concept of having a heart for animals and the suffering they go thru? I’m so sick of you heartless wackos who must be missing a gene or something when it comes to humility and the humane in humanity.

  54. Jiminy Cricket says:

    Really Angel? Would you say the same thing about someone who is racist, sexist, homophobic…etc? I doubt it. Of course, this is just another example of someone not having enough compassion for animals. It’s all about the people..blah, blah, blah. I’m so tired of it, honestly. Sorry, but there
    ARE more humane ways to kill an animal. And sometimes, humans need to be killed too (death penalty, self-defense), so I wonder how you’d react to a celebrity who agrees with those issues? Would you be as forgiving?

  55. Jiminy Cricket says:

    Thank you Liana. You’re so right. The people in this country continuously turn mediocre talents(at best) into superstars and then complain when others see thru their crap.

  56. Jiminy Cricket says:

    People ARE stupid. They’re stupid for comparing the need for eating meat to survive and the shallow reasons people wear fur. And if everyone has a right to their opinion, that goes for gay marriage too, whether you like it or not.

  57. Wif says:

    “A fur coat from 100 years ago isn’t any better”

    What? It’s totally better. It means using and taking care of a quality product for 100 years, so that 3 or more generations of a family can use it, so that more animals don’t die needlessly. Have you ever worn a fur coat? My nana had one, and while I didn’t like to wear it because I didn’t like dead animal on my back, I’ll tell you, that sucker was warm, soft and super durable. No sense in wasting it, respect the animals that it came from, respect the family that has enough consideration to take care of it’s belongings, and wear that fur (or find another good use for it.) It shouldn’t be wasted.

  58. anna says:

    The majority of fur comes from China. It often comes from cats and dogs and is mislabeled because it is illegal in the U.S. and Europe. Anyone buying fur drives the demand and shares the blame for their suffering.