Tim Gunn trashes Kendall Jenner, Kanye West & the Kardashians’ awful style

Carlos Santana and son Salvador at The 42nd Annual Humanitarian Awards in LA

Tim Gunn has long been a truth-telling savant. It’s not he’s a particularly mean person, or a misanthrope who hates everything and everyone. He’s not at all. He’s just very honest about what he thinks of people who don’t meet his utterly reasonable standards. Anna Wintour doesn’t meet his standards because, as Gunn sees it, Wintour is rude, unpleasant and unprofessional. Kim Kardashian doesn’t meet Gunn’s standards because, well, she’s a vapid, superficial idiot. But here’s something I didn’t know: Tim Gunn literally cannot stand anyone in the Kardashian-Jenner clan. In a new interview with HuffPo, Gunn went OFF on all things Kardashian-Jenner. And it was glorious.

On Kanye West’s designs: “I think they’re a bunch of dumb clothes… Just basic pieces…He won’t [like that comment], but let me tell you, the whole Kardashian clan doesn’t like me, so no surprise there.”

On the Kardashians’ style: “There are large issues [with them] for me, such as why? Why? But when it comes to fashion, I say to people all the time ‘If you want guidance in fashion, just consider this: If a Kardashian is wearing it, don’t.’ I think it’s vulgar. Given the amount of public exposure that the Kardashians have to potentially be sending the message to people that you, too, can dress like this — no!”

On Kendall Jenner-as-supermodel: “I think absolutely nothing [of her] to be perfectly honest. And I’m assuming there’s a huge, perhaps million dollar-a-month publicity wagon that is pulling these girls along and creating these lives for them. I’m distrustful of it and I find it all distasteful. I shouldn’t say that she doesn’t [have ‘it’]. I don’t know her — she may be a perfectly lovely young woman. I just feel that she’s tainted by the Kardashian aura of yuck!”

[From HuffPo via Us Weekly]

I feel a little bit sorry for Kendall Jenner at this moment. What Tim Gunn says is true – there’s a publicity wagon trying to make Kendall happen and many in the fashion industry are okay with that. Karl Lagerfeld has added Kendall to his stable of go-to models, and Kendall walks many of the biggest runways in Paris and NYC. But at the end of the day… is there any “It Factor” there, or is it all hype and no substance?

As for what he says about Kanye’s collection, most fashion critics absolutely loathed his last collection too, and the reviews were very, very unkind. To be fair to the critics, Kanye’s collection was all nude/beige, most of the stuff looked like old pantyhose, and the models were styled to look like refugees fleeing some terrible atrocity. To be fair to Kanye, even though the fashion intelligentsia loathed his collection, it still sold like hot cakes.



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  1. AmyB says:

    Glorious indeed!!!! This is the best thing I have heard about the Kardashians EVER!

    • sunglasses Aready says:

      I love me a man with standards, never change Tim

      • LeAnn Stinks says:

        Tim is the best.

      • joan says:

        Agree. He’s subtle and classy and kind and discerning and a lovely man — but he tells the truth. So bluntly.

        Just the best.

      • MET says:

        I was a bit ambivalent towards him but not now. His comments are superb – conceptually I just don’t get the Kardashians either and am beyond disturbed that they have millions of followers. I really think that Tim kept his comments fairly neutral and did not attack them personally.

    • Marrrrria says:

      “Kardashian aura of yuck!”
      Tim Gunn should have a podcast or his own show!!! Hollywood would be a better place and teens would have an actual role model. Someone who calls bullshit and walks it like he talks it!

      • ladysussex says:

        Oh I’d definitely listen to his podcast! Why don’t they let him take over “Fashion Police”? At least he really knows what he’s talking about. Oh wait! Now I remember. E! is like the Kardashians’ own personal network.

      • Pmnichols says:

        +1,000,000 I literally LOL’d at his comments. He is perfection!

      • aurelia says:

        Or at the very least he needs his own daytime talk show.

    • Jen43 says:

      Hahaha. Best interview ever.

    • CTgirl says:

      Tim Gunn is the man. Here is a fashion professional who is saying what so many people in his position probably want to say and don’t because they are concerned about how they’ll come across or they’re afraid of the KKMafia.

    • lana86 says:

      lol, why is everyone so exited? He’s just telling some obvious things. In fact, It even seems a bit embarrassing for a respected person to publicly comment on them at all.

      • swack says:

        It was an interview and he was probably asked the question. People are excited because someone with some influence is finally telling it like it is and not being a “yes” person to them.

    • Vava says:

      I really admire Tim Gunn and think it’s great he is so forthright in his opinions. The way Kim Kardashian has been dressing through this pregnancy is certainly vulgar, he’s right about that. Actually she’s vulgar most of the time. The others don’t offend as much or as often, although the transformation going on with the youngest one is pretty troubling for someone of her age.

    • parissucksliterally says:

      EVERY word he said is the truth! I bow at this man’s feet.

  2. Bearcat Lawyer says:


  3. Don't kill me I'm French says:

    👏👌 ( Nothing to add)

    • Aussie girl says:

      Every interview with Tim is so refreshing and his candid honesty makes me want to drink wine with him. He would be the friend that tells you how it is, with no sugar coating. Love

    • Santia says:

      Waiting for a Kanye rant in 3, 2, 1 …

  4. lisa2 says:

    “I just feel that she’s tainted by the Kardashian aura of yuck!”

    Damn Tim.. tell us what you really think..

    I actually think Kendall is a talented Model.. she is a beautiful girl. But yes she is her family; not matter how much she would like to distance that. They won’t let that happen. Khloe tired but look at her now.. right in the thick of it all. Even the older one is getting more into it not that her relationship is over.

    • swack says:

      We will never know if Kendall would have made it as a model without her family connections. I’m not saying she wouldn’t but she got shows others work years for with being in the business only a year or two. She’s not a Iman or Cindy Crawford where her looks are much different from any other model. Sad, because I would want to know I got these things through my own power.

      • lisa2 says:

        I could see her modeling.. I don’t think obviously that she would be working with the Big Designers like she is without that connection. But she has a good look and I think she would have gotten runway work and print ads.. but not with the Super names she has been working with. That is her family connection; and them using their name to promote their products as well.

    • Lizzie McGuire says:

      I was trying to avoid any Kardashian post related but Tim Gunn is my life so here I am. My mom was reading Beyonce’s Sept Vogue & they have an article about faces of fashion which included Kendall & Gigi, my mom had no idea who they were so I explained to her & then she said “Well one of them is definitely a model & the other one wouldnt have made it if she was around Naomi’s or Cindy’s time” & I had to agree with her, Kendall is pretty but I think her being a “Kardashian” really helped her without it she wouldnt had made it.

    • Locke Lamora says:

      She’s pretty, that’s sure, but she doesn’t have “it”, she’s not a chameleon and she pulls the same vacant look in every single photo. She would be a catalog model without her family fame.

      Gigi I can see as a VS model, but not haute couture. Cara D is actually a very good model, but she lacks height. I don’t think any of them would have made it were they from poor families.

      • Meatball says:

        I was about to say this. Gigi and Kendall are both more commercial/sports Illustrated/VS than runway.

      • Tina says:

        I think Cara would have succeeded even if she hadn’t been from a posh family. Lacking height isn’t always a dealbreaker (Kate Moss) and she’s a very good model as you say.

  5. Loulou says:

    “There are large issues [with them] for me, such as why? Why?”
    Hahaha never change, Tim!!

  6. Willa says:

    He’s so cool! :-)

  7. Lora says:

    I love you Tim!

  8. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I love Tim. I still cringe a little at people publicly attacking the younger K’s, but he tried to make it clear that it wasn’t personal. He just despises the vulgar, wasteful, vapid K machine, as most of us do. It’s a shame they got caught up in it, and at times I feel for them. Who knows what they might have been with different parents? They never really had a chance. But I can’t say I disagree with anything he said.

  9. Rice says:

    Ego Yeezington’s Krappy Kollection sold “like hotcakes” because some people with money are just plain dumb.

    • jwoolman says:

      I’d like to know the numbers sold vs numbers produced and the degree of relationship to Kanye or the K Klan for the buyers… They really were awful, maybe they were purchased as Halloween costumes.

      • FingerBinger says:

        It was probably limited addition. They wouldn’t have produced that many.

      • Mare says:

        The Kardashians purchased them. They are currently sitting in a storage unit. These will be given out to Kardashian friends for Christmas presents.

  10. Dhavynia says:

    He is right on all accounts, there’s no need to sugar coated. I’m glad someone in his position called it out
    I wouldn’t wear anything they wear because they make it look cheap and we all know Kendall is a model because of her family
    Love this man

  11. saywhatwhen says:

    God bless Tim Gunn. Someone has to be the arbiter of good taste and Wintour has lost her mind.

  12. NewWester says:

    Any bets on which member of the Kardashian/Jenner will attack Tim on social media for his remarks? I was thinking Khloe, but she is busy with Lamar. Pretty sure Kanye is preparing an EPIC response

    • Tifygodess24 says:

      No it will be that foul POS lackey of Kim’s- Jonathan Cheesehead, oops I mean Cheban. 😒 The Ks normally don’t say anything (except khloe occasionally) they let him go on nasty attacks for them, so they can say “oh we don’t say anything bad about anyone….”. As far as Kanye who only knows.

  13. Allie says:

    Why feel bad for Kendall? She looks happy, and she’s living the dream. Of course she doesn’t have the IT factor. She’s a pretty girl but all her pictures look the same and she’s so incredibly awkward in them. She’s one of the many, many girls in the industry who benefit from nepotism and doesn’t even acknowledge it.

  14. Snazzy says:

    Wait, people actually bought that crap that Kanye made? REALLY?
    Once again, I have lost fait in humanity

  15. smcollins says:

    I love Tim! He’s definitely a no-holds-barred type of person and it’s awesome. On a side note, did anyone else watch the latest season of Project Runway? It was actually pretty good, and of course Tim was the best thing about it.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      His meltdown with Swapnil. I felt so bad for Tim because he does try to be so calm at all times but even when swearing, he was so elegant and honest and it needed to be said.

      • smcollins says:

        So true. He may be the only person on the planet who can drop an f-bomb and still sound sophisticated! Swapnil did deserve it. He totally gave up and was just going through the motions. The reunion episode should be pretty fantastic. 😉

    • outhousecat says:

      Actually, it wasn’t good IMO. It was obvious from about the second episode that the ahem *large* girl was going to be the winner. And I’m a large girl so I can say that. But I would NOT wear any of her runway stuff. Nobody needs to see back fat and stretch marks.

  16. Sara says:

    I’ll never understand why models are such big deals. they wear clothes, they don’t design them. Also watching most runways is like watching an army of clones. So I’m always surprised by the ire against Kendall, she’s just as bland as most of them.

    • Lovely says:

      Finally someone said it. What are even the standards of being a good model and are they that difficult to acquire? If being pretty, thin and tall is all you need, that is mostly genetic. The model didn’t have a say in it, because we don’t choose how we’re going to look. Can someone please explain?

      • Tina says:

        I understood what being a good model was when I saw Kate Moss’s little sister Lottie do it. Kate has some kind of it factor where the camera loves her and her face is just interesting. Lottie, even though having very similar facial features, is just not very interesting.

      • M.A.F. says:

        But again, that just comes down to being able to look better in photograph than most people. It’s not a skill nor does it contribute anything to society.

      • Tina says:

        Oh sure, I don’t think it does contribute anything to society. I would dispute that it’s not a skill – it just happens to be an innate skill, as with many professional sports players (who are also disproportionately compensated because their skills are rare).

      • Cricket says:

        There is an excelllent documentary on HBO about the evolution of the modeling industry and creation of the super model. It was very interesting and informative. It’s called About Face. Highly recommend!

      • perplexed says:

        Unless you look kind of weird like Tori Spelling, whose face seems to appeal to no one, not even a slim minority, I don’t really know how can you tell when a generally good-looking person is a bad model. I know that the ’90s supermodels were a big deal, but a lot of them were really good at branding, and it seems they were as involved in creating a certain PR image of themselves as today’s models. If not the George Michael video, I wonder if they’d have been lucky enough to be considered the legends they are today.

    • Kitten says:

      Exactly!! I always chuckle when I read the comments about how she’s “not a good model”. I’ve seen her Instagram and she looks like a model to me. *shrugs*

      …she seems to be able to stare at a camera, wear clothes well, and um..pose…and whatever the hell else it takes to be a model.

      • Locke Lamora says:

        I agree that I don’t get the hype around any model, but when you compare Kendall to the likes of Magdalena Frackowiak or Jourdan Dunn or Freja Beha Erichsen or Natasha Poly, you can clearly see a difference.

      • Wren says:

        So what? Not everyone can be the best, and Kendall looks like a decent to good model. So she’s not Cindy Crawford, or Magdalena Frackowiak, but not everyone can be. As far as I can tell, most models make the same stupid facial expression in every photo. Of course she got her job through her connections, but a lot of people do, and a lot of other models do too. As much as I dislike the Kardashians, I can’t hate on Kendall’s modeling career.

      • Locke Lamora says:

        So because other people use nepotism too, we should give Kendall a pass?

      • Wren says:

        Why not? We may not like it but nepotism exists in many different industries, most notably the entertainment industry. She’s tall and thin, has nice symmetrical features and appears to satisfactorily do whatever it is models do. I know it isn’t fair that her name got her into the business, but where is it written that life is fair? She’s just a model for goodness sake, it’s not like she’s making important decisions for our country or dictating international policy. Wait………….

      • Kitten says:

        ITA, Wren. These are people who get paid to look pretty. Let’s not pretend that their jobs really matter in the grand scheme of things.

        Honestly, I dislike this family as much as anyone else but after a while the criticisms of Kendall start to sound like sour grapes. I don’t see people coming for Lily Rose, Hailey Baldwin, Gigi H, Cara D or any of these other young models who used their name, privilege and connections to open doors.

        Also, if Kendall wasn’t modeling, she’d have Kylie’s “career” so let’s be thankful for small miracles.

      • Locke Lamora says:

        I’m pretty sour about Gigi and the Baldwin girl etc too. Just because modelling isn’t an important job doesn’t mean she should get a pass. I just loathe nepotism. I know it’s everywhere and there’s nothing you can really do about it, but it just leaves a very sour taste in my mouth. At least I can bitch about it on a gossip site.

        And that’s another think that irks me – Kendall is somehow considered better than Kylie when the only difference is a few centimeters.

    • FingerBinger says:

      @Sara Kendall gets criticism because she used her name and connections to get where she is. New models don’t get magazine covers and major fashion houses using them.

      • Tifygodess24 says:

        @fingerbinger very true, yet she still denies that her connections helped her at all. “It was so hard for me, I work so very hard … Blah blah” I believe that is why people bring it up, because we all know how she got there, yet she acts otherwise and it p*sses people off.

    • SydneySnider says:

      Thank you, Sara, for saying this. I’ve never understood it, either; the compulsory height and thinness, for starters. Most women, especially in 2015, don’t look like that. Then there’s the robotic stare and the silly walk. OK, I get that the walk is more elegant than ambling on the catwalk, but the ret of it, blehh.

      I’d never really thought deeply about it, but everyone on here is spot on. The Jenner girl is pretty, but she really does look the same in every shot and on every runway. On second thought, an edit: Was it just me or did her lips look more puffed-up than usual in her mum’s birthday photos? I’m certain her mouth is very different these days.

  17. Nancy says:

    While I agree with him, I think it just adds more fuel to their fire. He was spot on describing their clothes as vulgar. Kim is the Queen of vulgarity and Kylie at 18 is catching up with her fast. I disagree about Kendall. She doesn’t seem any different than any of the other tall, thin, expressionless woman walking the shows. But I do believe she is there because of her family, like a train wreck you can’t turn away from. Can’t feel too sorry for the K’s…..you put yourself out there, you’re a target. The price of their fame.

  18. Beatrice says:

    I love Tim. He can tell it like it is without coming off as mean-spritied or cruel. He just speaks the truth, in this case he absolutely nailed the Kardashians. Go, Tim!!

  19. What's inside says:

    I still do not understand why anyone cares about the K-hoard. I have seen interviews with Tim and I think he is a wonder. May he reign supreme.

    • Algernon says:

      Some of my cousins are really pro-Kardashian and I asked them why and they said it’s because the Kardashians have achieved fame (which apparently, everyone wants) but they did it without really being good at anything. They went on and on about how they got famous for being a strong family of women, and how they make that Beverly Hills life seem attainable if you’re just “strong” enough (what does this mean?). I pointed out that Kim started out as Paris Hilton’s assistant/stylist, which they didn’t know, and that they only got famous after Kim’s sex tape came out, and the ensuing legal battle over it. I brought up a bunch of videos and websites on my phone and pointed out that you can follow the chain, that after Paris’s sex tape made her an even bigger deal, Kim K suddenly had a sex tape and boom, here is Kris Jenner “fighting for her daughter” and the family “rallying around Kim” and the narrative is born. They looked a little sick. I told them not to trust reality TV. It is not real.

      • M.A.F. says:

        WHAT? A strong family of women?! Have they not seen how they gang up on their brother? It has never come across as sibling love. And they make the Beverly Hills life seem attainable?! Work hard yes, you too can have that life. But that is not how this family got there. Their dad(s) got them there because they had talent, the rest of them have been milking off their last names and Kim’s sex tape. At least your family has you to show them the light.

      • lucy says:

        Thank you, Algernon, for that public service! Well done.

        Popularity does not equal quality or substance.
        (or talent or skill or virtue or integrity.)

      • What's inside says:

        I totally agree with your history and synopsis of the K-hoard’s rise to riches as well as the education of your family which was spot on. But again, why does anyone (meaning the public at large) waste their valuable time watching their vapid show, waste their hard-earned money buying Kardashian poorly conceived and executed fashions and products that only serve to objectify women in the worst possible ways, read all of the endless media and look at the endless vulgar pictures, and why, oh why, would anyone want to emulate their self-serving, vulgar, shallow lifestyle.

      • Locke Lamora says:

        Out of all the criticism this family can get, the sex tape thing I don’t really fault them. So what if they got famous of a sex tape? It’s a perfectly legitimate way to get famous, if fame is all you want. Besides, many have tried, many have failed.

        The true talent of the Kardashians is that they can really really sell themselves.

  20. littlemissnaughty says:

    I love him, his 2nd book is a great read. It’s light but has substance and he actually gives good advice. Kendall and Kylie never stood a chance but at least Kendall works and found something to spend her time on. I don’t see how that career could last very long or how she could use it to build another career from it but we’ll see. Kylie on the other hand … sh*t. That girl needs better parents.

  21. Ivy says:

    Amen to everything he said!!

  22. Neelyo says:

    ‘she may be a perfectly lovely young woman. I just feel that she’s tainted by the Kardashian aura of yuck!’

    This, this again and again. Can’t get past it. If one of them ever did useful with their lives maybe I’d give them a chance, but they’re all useless and surrounded by an aura of yuck.

  23. Dawn says:

    Finally some one who does not shy away from the truth about the awful coven that is the KarTrash-Jenner-Wests. And I will always blame Anna Wintour for allowing Kim to even be in the same room with a Vogue cover let alone give her one.

    • Shannon1972 says:

      Agreed. I’ve been too embarrassed to buy a Vogue ever since the Kardashian cover. They just sank to tabloid depths. Then again, fashion seems to be a barren wasteland in general these days, so maybe it’s not so surprising that Kendall has a career. Any port in a storm, right?

      It’s a sad day when Karl Lagerfeld is more well known for his cat and bitchy comments than his fashion collections. Sigh…

      • What's inside says:

        Will not buy Vogue ever again. Wintour is compromised in judgment and desperate for numbers to put Kim on the cover.

  24. HK9 says:

    Just one more reason to love Tim Gunn.

  25. Talie says:

    On a runway, Kendall is great. In editorials and campaigns, she’s dead eyed. With Gigi Hadid, it’s the opposite.

    • claire says:

      Oh gawd. I saw a video of Gigi on the catwalk the other day. That girl cannot walk. She trips, entangles, plods, lumbers. It is going to be major cringe when she does the VS show.

    • Don't kill me I'm French says:

      It is what a French journalist wrote about Kendal

  26. Ifusayso says:

    “There are large issues, such as why? Why?”

    Ahahahahahahahahaha so true TG

  27. Trinity says:

    Love Tim for his truthiness

  28. funcakes says:

    Tim is the head motherf#cker in charge. Tim for President!

  29. Leah says:

    I love Tim so much. Like I want to track him down and convince him that we need to have an old fashioned sexless marriage just so I can be around his blunt, elegant, straight forward talking all the time!

  30. Teri says:

    I want to travel the world with Tim Gunn!

  31. Giddy says:

    Tim Gunn is everything tasteful, elegant, and sensible. Love him and his opinions all day, every day. The only shocking thing to me is that people actually bought that swill Kanye churned out. I hope that if they told their friends that they were wearing designer clothes by Kanye, that their friends laughed in their faces. Goodwill has higher standards.

  32. Eleonor says:

    He is spot on on everything.
    And “if a Kardashian is wearing it, don’t”. Best. Fashion. Advice. Ever.

  33. Veronica says:

    I think most of what he says is pretty fair, though I think his comment about her having a “money-making machine” behind her could be said of most of the big name models. Most of them came from a hefty bit of privilege even before they went into industry – Karlie Kloss and Cara Delevingne being two that come to mind. This concept of the “hard working” model who got to the top by clawing her way up is rather fallacious and relatively uncommon. (Alek Wek is probably one of the few I’ve actually heard of that have attained supermodel status from a legitimately impoverished background, and even then, her skin color has definitely limited her in terms of her global ascendancy.)

    Of course, I was never particularly impressed with the model culture or its movement into the mainstream conscience. It just seems like a calculated tactic in response to the Fat Acceptance and feminist movement as a way of undermining women and reminding them that their inherent worth is linked to their physical appearance. Being born with the right combination of genetics is just luck, and most of them are incredibly deceptive about how much work they’ve had done to maintain their physical appearance. (One of the few reasons why I’m a tiny bit kinder to the Victoria Secret models is that many of them are pretty open about how ridiculous the standards are and how even they don’t fit haute couture body expectations.)

    • Tina says:

      Well, it’s definitely easier to make it as a model when you come from a developed country, but Jourdan Dunn, Kate Moss etc all come from very working class backgrounds. It’s easier if you’ve got family backing, but I think modelling is more egalitarian than, say, acting.

      • Veronica says:

        I agree there it’s probably easier to break into than Hollywood, but my general point is that it’s subject to the same amount of nepotism and privilege as any other industry. The ones who make it into the top tiers are usually the ones with enough backing or connections to launch them into those spots. In that regard, it’s a little unfair to single out Kendall – she’s just the most obvious example because of her family’s exposure.

      • Tina says:

        I agree it’s subject to nepotism and privilege just like any other industry, but I disagree that the ones who make it to the top tiers are usually the ones with backing or connections. It happens often, and it seems to be increasing (in modelling and in acting) but many talented people who don’t have the connections are still able to make it. You just have to be really talented, and really lucky. The privileged people (like Kendall) don’t have to be as talented or as lucky.

    • Locke Lamora says:

      Natalia Vodianova also comes to mind, she was extremely poor as a child.

  34. rianic says:

    AND he’s the voice of Baileywick on Sofia the First

    • swack says:

      And so good!!!! You can also tell it is totally Tim Gunn without looking at the credits!

    • Veronica says:

      My friend’s daughter is obsessed with that show, and Baileywick is her favorite character for exactly that reason. She just finds his involvement so random and ridiculous.

  35. NYC_girl says:

    my hero!

  36. cakecakecake says:

    I love him!!! he speaks his mind and gives no toots about it.
    Call a spade a spade TIM!!! and as usual he is right, AGAIN.

  37. Stephanie says:

    Tim gives zero f*cks and I adore him for it.

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  39. buzz says:

    I love Tim. He’s the best.

  40. perplexed says:

    I agree that the Kardashians are yuck, but isn’t Kendall Jenner tall, slim, and pretty? I guess I don’t think it’s that weird that she could be a model. She’s not Kate Moss or Cindy Crawford, who are actual icons, but I guess I figure her height and sliminess make the idea of her being a model not completely odd to me. She’s not necessarily unique-looking like Christy Burlington, but she has the same kind of prettiness as the other models of today (I think? I mean, I can’t really tell most of them apart).

    • swack says:

      I think that is the point with most peoples’ criticism. She has the same kind of prettiness as other models and does not stand out from the crowd. Don’t know if she has to go on calls like other models or she just simply gets the gigs because of her name. I was wondering if she had to audition for her VS gig like Gigi H did (as they showed Gigi auditioning). But then they could have made sure that there was no publicity concerning her audition. If she didn’t have to audition then I feel sorry for all those girls who did and got cut, simply because she does not stand out from other models.

      • perplexed says:

        “I think that is the point with most peoples’ criticism. She has the same kind of prettiness as other models and does not stand out from the crowd.”

        But if all of the models have that same kind of prettiness and they’re all working as models anyway, I don’t really see why she couldn’t be a model either. If this was still the ’90s where the top models who appeared in the George Michael video were actually unique looking, I would get the criticism — she wouldn’t have stood out then or fit in with those other models. But if all of today’s models (even the top ones) have the same kind of prettiness, and she fits into that group mold, it appears she has the criteria the market is expecting. Modelling is subject to market demands – there doesn’t appear to be a rule-book as to what a model should really look like (other than they be tall and slim — that standard hasn’t changed at all). And if the market today is allowing for people of the same generic prettiness to be models, in addition to being tall and slim, then her being a model doesn’t appear to be some kind of anomaly. I suppose I would get the criticism more if she were fat and looked like Tori Spelling in the face.

      • fun factor says:

        It astounds me that Kendull will be modeling for Victoria’s Secret when she lacks any sort of sex appeal. Physically she’s not sexy, and she doesn’t project a drop of charm or sensuousness. Big bucks were obviously spent to get her that gig.

      • swack says:

        @perplexed – I didn’t say she couldn’t model as I have no clue, other than what I see on the runway, what designers want in a model and she seems to fit that – nothing though out of the ordinary for models. I think most people criticize her because she really has not worked hard to get her top jobs and it seems like the only reason she gets the jobs she does is because of her connections. There are other models out there the same way – it is nepotism at it’s finest – something that will never stop!

      • perplexed says:

        I think she has benefitted from nepotism, but at the same time modelling is such a shallow industry it’s hard for me to evaluate what makes a top model successful. Different times breed a desire for different looks (i.e the Twiggy look in the ’60s vs. the blonde-blued Christy Brinkley in the ’80s vs statuesque Cindy Crawford in the ’90s), and all of them are pretty shallow. I think Cindy Crawford is a smart businesswoman, and even she makes me go “Wow, you are so boring” the moment she starts talking and isn’t modelling.

        At the same time, I also think Kendall’s name has a bit of a stigma to it as well. Like, when I hear Kardashian, I just automatically assume the product is going to be trashy in some way. So I guess the trash stigma balances out the nepotism?

    • Josephine says:

      She was getting big shows without experience, and has several ad campaigns because she has a big twitter following. She’s the very example of not working for what she has, like several of her cohorts. If she just acknowledged it, I think people would lighten up, but the fact that she pretends to have somehow “earned” it is obscene. She also goes so far as to claim that her name was a problem for her. She just looks so darn blah to me – catwalk, I can see, but her ad campaigns are soulless. They are really quite terrible.

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  42. benchwarmer says:

    I don’t think he was a Kendall detractor, I interpreted it as, he has nothing against her but what she brings to the table is the Kardashian aura of yuck. That’s how I feel. To me she’s the only one with noticeable talent, she’s a high fashion model, she doesn’t wear pounds of makeup, she looks beautiful but when you look at her, you can’t help but connect her to ‘that’ family.

  43. iheartgossip says:

    Please, please, please be the beginning of the end. This ‘Family’ has tainted the real world for a long time. And take Ryan Seacrust with you.

  44. Clairej says:

    Amen Tim! Kendall looks like a model, but doesn’t mean she’ll ever have the skills to make you look twice at a photo. She is bland.

  45. lucy says:

    We need more voices of reason (like Tim) in the world.

    Popular culture is far too mediocre without discerning truth-tellers.

  46. Belgian_sky says:

    One more reason to love Tim! This man is great!!!

  47. kri says:

    I love the sound of Tim Gunn sharpening his claws on the K-Trash Scratch Post. It makes me feel like I’m floating on a cloud of grins.

  48. Josefa says:

    He speaks the truth, but it’s like saying water’s wet. The Kardashians are such easy targets. Will anyone actually defend them?

  49. chelsea says:

    Why bother? He’s just feeding the machine.

  50. SheDevil says:

    Back in the 90s when Britney came onto the scene and her music was everywhere, I always thought, she will never go away. I really hated her and her music. But, it passed.

    Kardashians are the same way. Can’t stand anything about them. All of them. So self absorbed and self important people. I just keep having to remind myself, like with everything, this too shall pass.

    Love me some Tim Gunn, but I almost wish no one would talk about them, because then they would go away. Even bad negative press is good to them because it keeps them in the headlines. Ugh

  51. DanaG says:

    I love Tim Gunn and he said what most are thinking. I would love to know who bought Kanyes clothes you don’t see anyone in them? As for Kendal it’s all just hype she doesn’t have it and really she wouldn’t be getting any of these jobs or even be a model if it wasn’t for the Kardashian link. Eventually they will go away the bubble will burst look at Britney, Paris Hilton etc. People are already pretty sick of the Kardashians and they have no talent to sustain them just made up dramas which people have finally worked out how fake they really are.

  52. Anne says:

    Kanye’s fashions didn’t sell like hotcakes. I’ve yet to see anyone wear his fashions, except the Kartrashians. His sales are below average.

  53. jean says:

    I’m with Tim.

    Why won’t the K-family pick a charity and use the publicity for good?
    Why don’t they see a reason to give back? So many needy people in the world and they have so much more than they could possibly ever need.

  54. Pinetree13 says:

    Great article…one small critique, that is not the correct use of the term savant unless you mean Tim is deficient in most areas other then truth telling which he of course has serious fashion skills so I think you were using it in place of genius which doesn’t make sense.

    • Troof! says:

      I believe you’ve confused “savant” with the obscure (and rather degrading) term “idiot savant”
      [sa-vahnt, sav-uh nt; French sa-vahn]

      noun, plural savants [sa-vahnts, sav-uh nts; French sa-vahn]
      1. a person of profound or extensive learning; learned scholar.
      (from dictionary~dot~com)

  55. LAK says:

    Preaching to the choir Tim!!

  56. Blackbetty says:

    I love this guy. So happy when someone doesnt bow down to this family.

  57. grits says:

    I LOVE TIM GUNN! So, my question after reading all the comments here are: WHO IS supporting the Kartrashians??? Every website I go to, whether it’s “news” or gossip has a minimum of 3 stories on one of them daily. DAILY. So if we all hate them so much, how do they stay on my front page every single second??? Can’t we start a Change.org petition to get them off or something??

  58. Helena says:

    I have so much respect for tim. he is the only person in fashion that doesn’t kiss ass. he criticizes anna wintour for her attitude, he says the truth about kanye and the kardashians…now everybody acts as if they were geniuses and nobody has the guts to say….people PLEASE. they suck. kanye’s no fashion genius and kim and the rest of the family are posers. they have no talent or passion whatsoever. but now it’s unpopular to say it. so, tim, respect man.

  59. Sarah says: