NSFW: Why Do So Many Male Fashion Designers Like To Pose Naked?

But for men, it seems like it’s the other way around. This peacock syndrome is just another way of their saying—look at me! See how hot I am? Their male gaze, directed at themselves, is perhaps just another boast, another example of these kings of the world displaying their power, their prowess.

Olivier Rousteing on the Têtu cover. Photo By André & Francois
Olivier Rousteing on the Têtu cover.
Photo By André & Francois

Musing on his numerous exposures, Marc Jacobs, who, unlike St. Laurent, shed his eyeglasses along with his inhibitions, confessed that he was as insecure about his looks as the rest of us until he cut his hair, got a tan, went from 20 percent to eight percent body fat (who would even know a thing like this?) and wanted to celebrate his transformation by sharing it with the world. “I finally felt like, for the first time in my life, I’m comfortable,” he told a journalist recently. “I’m just as comfortable naked as I am covering up.” Well, good for you, Marc! But it boggles the mind to think of Miuccia, or even Donatella, saying the same thing.

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Yves Saint Laurent
Yves Saint Laurent Iconic photo in 1971.

Most creative people don’t grow up popular. High school can be a terrible time with such a narrow standard of beauty – tall, blonde, white with a fantastic physique. So for many glamorous fashion designers, who were struggling to be true to themselves in their early years, it could be intimidating and unforgiving. When they hit the spotlight, they become the epitome of style. No matter how weird the runway presentation is, most people lap them up because they are the purveyor of fine taste. The added capital doesn’t hurt, definitely. With access to the top surgeons, dermatologists, nutritionists, fitness instructors, one can mould their physiques to be in tip-top shape – on par with their beautiful, convoluted minds.

Tom Ford
Tom Ford For Out Magazine

So if they are comfortable with their bodies and want to flaunt it, we say just do it. But what could be a more poignant message though, is if they were their old selves and they posed naked because it would mean that they don’t conform to the beauty standards they themselves set so high to begin with.