Karlie Kloss responds to Project Runway's 'dinner with the Kushners' moment
Kloss says she was “honored to be one of the first memes of the decade” when contestant Tyler Neasloney threw shade back at the fashion model as the judges were critiquing his outfit in an early January episode of the fashion competition show. The task was to create a look from recycled or donated clothing from a Goodwill store for Kloss to wear at a Paris CFDA event. “I cannot see Karlie wearing it anywhere, honestly,” judge Brandon Maxwell said, prompting this gasp-worthy response from Neasloney: “Not even to dinner with the Kushners.”
“Honestly, the real tragedy of this whole thing is that no one is talking about how terrible that dress was,” Kloss said. “That’s why he went home.”
On a more serious note, Cohen pressed Kloss on her political views and being a member of the Kushner family. She’s been married to Joshua Kushner, brother of President Donald Trump‘s aid and son-in-law Jared Kushner, since 2018.
“Andy, I’m sure I’m not the only person in this country who does not necessarily agree with their family on politics,” she said. “I voted as a democrat in 2016 and I plan to do the same in 2020.”
Neasloney was eliminated from Project Runway during that infamous episode, though he went on Bravo’s The Daily Dish to help clear the air.
“Coming off of episode 3 where we had this really awesome banter, both me and Karlie, me and Brandon, me and Elaine [Welteroth], me and Nina [Garcia], I felt like we had built a really cool rapport,” he said. “I was laughing, they were laughing, we were going tit for tat. There was shade, there were jokes, and it was really fun. So I came into the episode 4 runway after being in the bottom twice before that in a row, I came in there being like I’m friendly with the judges now. We’ve spoken, we’ve kikied, we’ve laughed. I can be my normal self.”
Neasloney went on to say that he was bothered by some of the reactions to his comment because “a lot of people are treating it as this non sequitur” and him “just pissed about his outfit being in the bottom.”
“I just don’t like being misunderstood, so that’s why I felt like I had to clarify,” he added. “I’m not a nasty person. I thought we were on a friendly enough playing field. So Karlie, at the end of the day, she’s a human, so I don’t want her to just hate me or feel awful about what I said.”
At the same time, he also released a line of shirts featuring his meme-able quip. So he’s still having fun with it, it seems.
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