Johnny Weir is Figure Skating’s Force of Nature | Fashion Behind the Games


How you doing, everybody? – These are the 2000s.
– Right now. More specifically, 2010. The Chinese horoscope says
it’s the Year Of The Tiger. Yeah, sounds good. The Earth Hour is celebrated
in more than 4,000 cities in 125 countries
around the globe to raise awareness
about climate change. Guys, lights please! In Los Angeles,
Kathryn Bigelow becomes the first woman in history
to ever win an Oscar for director of the movie
The Hurt Locker. Yeah, another tale
about the war. Meanwhile,
in Vancouver, Canada, the 21st Winter Olympic Games
are celebrated. Now, please take a look
at this. This is ice skating. Maybe the finest blend between
arts and sports. Now look at this guy. – Great to have you here.
– Thank you. This is John Garvin Weir. And this is the moment
the world would get to know Johnny Weir, the superstar. You know, fashion, for me,
it’s art. It isn’t just something
you put on your back. Well, for the Winter Olympics, we’re usually bundled up
so much. In Vancouver, I was having
really a lot of trouble keeping my cool
in that many clothes. Johnny has a long résumé. Two times Olympian. Television analyst. Entertainer. Writer. Fashion reference. Pop culture icon. You name it. I’m not fashion forward,
I’m fashion extra forward. Johnny has made his way with
a provocative style and a clear voice. Fashion is a way to show,
“This is me, this is who I am, “this is what I love”. And then maybe, or maybe not,
you’ll hear my voice, but at least you’ll remember
who I am. While looking
for the difference, Johnny has found his true self. And that’s why everybody
loves this guy. He has been awarded
and recognised as an advocate of goodwill. Catalogued by many as
a force of nature, Johnny and his looks
are a model of the global influence
of an athlete’s brand. I think that making a statement is what most athletes
strive for. You want that moment of glory
in front of the world, so you have to be memorable
in a different way. (FASHION MOMENTS
JOHNNY WEIR)

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