Q and A With… Carson Kressley

The host of How To Look Good Naked shares his excellent advice on loving one’s body.

You are the host of Lifetime’s How To Look Good Naked. How has the response been?

When I was on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, often times I would be in an airport and women would come up and say, “Would you help my husband?” And I would say, “What does he look like?” And now I get women in the grocery store saying, “Look at my butt. I love it.” And I'm like, “I do too. Now let me get to the Ronzoni.”

What do you think the message of the show is?

You don’t have to be perfect to be beautiful. I think in our society we’re so hit over the head every day with images of how we're supposed to look. The refreshing thing about this show is that we’re saying, “You know what? You look great just the way you are.” We want you to be happy being who you are, loving what you got—you don’t have to be a size zero.

You even have one episode when the woman wants to rekindle her romance with her husband!

Yes! But really every episode is about removing whatever roadblocks stop you from living your dream life. For that woman, she really wanted to re-ignite the flame with her husband, and we gave her that opportunity. And did she ever—the husband is exhausted now, but, boy, does he love our show!

How do you define sexy? Do you think it's a state of mind?

Well, it definitely is, and I think, you know, that’s one of the things we really try to drive home on this show is that there are a lot of different definitions of what is sexy and what is beautiful. And certainly, the biggest thing I think is sexy is confidence. I think we’ve all run into people that we’re like, “Wow, they are not the most gorgeous person ever, but they are super sexy,”and I think a lot of that is confidence.

Why do you think men and women stop generating that sexiness? It’s almost like they give up wanting to look good for themselves.

You know, I think people just get busy with their lives. I think sometimes your everyday routine just kind of takes over. It happened with the women on our show; they just got into their routines, and stopped focusing on themselves. You start doing for your husband and your daughter—or trying to get your career off the ground… we end up stepping away from who we are. And I think this show and great makeover shows just say you are important, you are a priority, you need to take care of yourself and celebrate who you are. Everybody has got some positive things about their body and you really have to train your mind to focus on the positive and not dwell on the negative.

You also have a clothing line. What are your top do’s and don’ts for women’s dressing now?

I think the first thing is that you have to love your body and be at peace with it before you can look good in clothes. You have to treat yourself every once in a while. It might be a new piece of clothing. It might be a manicure or a pedicure. But it sends the right message to yourself that you do deserve it. It is really the same for men and women. Everyone looks better in clothes that fit. Great-fitting clothes will always make you look and feel your best. And never underestimate foundation garments, ladies. The right bra can change your life!

Contributing entertainment editor Susan L. Hornik is based in Los Angeles.
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