Why I Love Tim Gunn…

November 10th, 2010 by Jane


I’ve never met Tim Gunn, but I’d like to. Yes, he is a distinguished sharp-dressed man. As co-host of Project Runway, he has what looks to be a fun job and he gets to hang out with really famous people. But, the fashion, the glamour and the celebrities are not the reasons I adore him.

Everything I have heard him say and the way he interacts with people is remarkable. I’ve co-opted his catch phrase: Make it work! This covers a lot of area, if needed. An article about him ran in the Austin-American Statesman a couple of years ago and I cut out a quote from him that has been hanging on the side of my fridge ever since:

“I’d like to believe that people respond to the fact that I’m a truth teller, but that I’m thoughtful and respectful of who they are,” he says. “I have a profound respect, frankly, for the human race. Am I disappointed by certain aspects of it? Of course. We all are.”

“But I really believe in the right of people to choose, and I believe that we’re not all the same by any means.”

I love his personal philosophy and wish that more of us lived by his motto. I think his respect and humanity come across in the television shows he has been involved with over the years. As far as I can tell from a 2-D experience of him, he tries to bring his highest and best self to what he is doing and he treats others as if they are doing the same.  Think about that. What if each of us treated others as if? As if we were our best selves at each moment.

I recently gained another reason to love Tim Gunn when I saw that he posted a video as part of the It Gets Better Project. This movement was started by writer Dan Savage as a response to recent suicides of Gay and Lesbian teens reported in the media. Tim Gunn’s video is very personal and poignant. Take a look and see for yourself.

3 Responses to “Why I Love Tim Gunn…”

  1. Laura Says:

    First, I love Tim Gunn too and I want him to be my BFF.

    Two, it was so wonderful to see you tonight! I have to say it was the highlight of my night! I have missed you!!!

    Three, I am going to make a concerted effort to bring back our Monument breakfasts!

    So there!

  2. Jane Says:

    yay! It was great to catch up with you and I look forward to breakfast!

  3. Ellei Skross Says:

    How gret to know that someone else adores and appreciates Tim Gunn. He is such a breath of fresh air in the reality TV world with the way he treats people with respect and honesty. And he does it without raising his voice.
    I’ve added him to my list of people I would love to have at my ultimate dinner party! Of course, you’re invited, too.

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