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Tim Gunn owns girdles and knows how to use them? We feel so much better about our Spanx

February 10, 2010 | 11:14 am
Tim gunn "Project Runway" star Tim Gunn knows about a million times more than we do about fashion -- but hallelujah, he also knows one of its dirtiest truths firsthand:

Getting in and out of a girdle is a nightmare.

Spanx, shapewear, foundation garments, whatever you want to call them, it turns out (who knew?) they're made for men as well as women.

"I have two, and I've worn them," Gunn said. "It's a whole workout to get it on."


"Getting it off is next to impossible. I almost took a pair of scissors to it, because it's so tight."

Chatting after the show on "Fox & Friends," Gunn -- whom co-anchor Steve Doocy characterized as the Simon Cowell of "Runway" -- broached the girdle topic while fielding questions about suits, belts and how men really get their pants to stay up, whether the man is booty-free or shaped like a bowling pin. (The whole video is below, if you want to hear these lines spoken as only Tim can speak them.)

Gunn was on the show in support of a "Project Runway"-style challenge for Address Your Heart ...

... a campaign by Campbell's Soup to raise awareness -- and money -- to fight heart disease in women. The final dresses are the three you see in the background of the video below.

In addition to revealing how he manages his own fine-tuned fashion radar while walking the streets of New York, he also shared a "Project Runway" secret: The designers, he said, can do "anything" -- except menswear.

"I've never seen such atrocious work from 'Project Runway' designers."

Seems that with menswear, as with Spanx, it's all about the fit.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Tim Gunn attends the "Project Runway Avenue" temporary street renaming at 39th Street and Seventh Avenue on Jan. 13, 2010, in New York. Credit: Jason Kempin / Getty Images

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