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hosts decipher whether Prejean and Obama share same beliefs on gay marriage
By Daniel A. Kusner Life+Style Editor
During a recent conference call with the
judges of "The Fashion Show" — designer Isaac
Mizrahi, singer Kelly Rowland and fashion-biz
exec Bern Mallis — the trio addressed the
"Project Runway" comparisons.
There's no getting around it. Both reality-
competition shows feature designers who are
put through the paces until contestants are
whittled down to a winner; And both are pro-
duced by Bravo. But remember — after a bitter
courtroom battle, Bravo recently lost "Project
Runway" to the Lifetime network.
Can there be more than one?
Crime drama series — like "NYPD Blue"
"CSI" and "Perry Mason" — are constantly
churned out, and oftentimes, the genre
improves. "The Fashion Show," which pre-
miered this week, definitely adds some stronger
features to the formula. One is audience interac-
tion: At the end of the season, viewers Will get to
vote for the winner, who will have their designs
sold by an unspecified retailer.
But the biggest difference fe Mizrahi.
When it comes to praise or disproval, he's One
of the most precise judges to ever appear on TV.
"It's really not a blazer. It's more of a bolero,"
he corrects one designer. "I am really offended
by you're your choice in fabrics," he tells anoth-
You could put Mizrahi at a binary micro-
processor convention and he'd come up with
GAY MARRIAGE TWINS? Prejean and Obama.
great observations. But when it comes to label
queens, spotting a counterfeit is an art form.
Which brings us to Carrie Prejean.
Since she came out against same-sex mar-
riage rights, the first runner-up at the Miss USA
Pageant has compared her beliefs to our prom-
ising black president. Both do not favor same-
sex marriage and define the union as between
"a man and a woman."
I decided to take this matter to a versatile
expert when it comes to criticism.
But first, I wanted to tell the judges about one
of this season's contestants — Andrew
Christian, the gay underwear designer who
introduces himself as "The Panty Christ." That
was the headline came from my article that ran
last year in Dallas Voice.
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Howdy, y'all. I wanted to tell you — I'm the guy
who coined Andrew Christian's nickname. "The
Panty Christ" was my headline from an interview
last year. It was a phrase that had never before
been attributed to Andrew. And I was beyond
hilariously flattered when I heard him drop that
on the show.
Mizrahi: That's crazy. You know, that's the name of
his company, darling, it's The Panty Christ.
Wait, he's naming a line after it now?
Man, I want a free jockstrap out of it.
Mizrahi: I'm sure you could arrange that, darling.
That's why Bravo is such an excellent network. The
producers don't shy away from fully representing
a gay demographic.
But what makes "The Fashion Show" remarkably
different from "Project Runway" is you, Isaac.
Your critiques are scalpel sharp. You're nothing
like nice-guy mentor Tim Gunn. And frankly, I
don't think Michael Kors holds a candle to your
ability to pinpoint your criticism so exactingly.
Your critiques really get to specifics, which is so
So, Isaac — can I put your acumen to the test?
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