...And he didn't even know who Jean-Paul Gaultier was! The ANTM judge and runway coach was 17 way back in 1975, and less-than-knowledgeable on the big names in fashion at the time. He scored a JPG open casting call at Bergdorf Goodman, and strutted his signature walk that we now adore. Shockingly, Gaultier asked him to walk "more normally," but Miss J stuck to his divatude, and booked the gig.
"There was hundreds of people waiting. I thought to myself, 'What's gonna make me stand out?' and I just thought, 'Be yourself, personality.' I had nothing else to sell," says Miss J of the experience. He was so unprepared for the casting call he even forgot to wear underwear, not realizing he would have to change into the designer's clothing. "I wasn't wearing panties, but I hid in the corner, put on the outfit and I put on this attitude... I got the show."
Let that be a lesson to all ANTM wannabes. Well, not the underwear thing. Definitely wear underwear. But fake it and rock the 'tude till you make it.
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