Tom Ford’s Youthful Sissy Shenanigans Once Landed Him in the Emergency Room
Every little gay boy obsessed with fashion, beauty and glamour inevitably attempts to bring those elements into her everyday life. Whether she tries on her mother’s heels to catwalk down the hallway when no one’s home; vamp like Bette Davis in All About Eve with a faux cocktail and faux cigarette — soda and licorice are great substitutes — in her limp, little gay hands; or like a 14-year-old Tom Ford, don cucumber slices over her eyes to, as Ford puts it, “camouflage the bags.” Unfortunately, Tom was unaware that his eyes were allergic to said cucumbers and ended up in the emergency room with his eyes swelled shut.
Ford relates this particularly hilarious anecdote while discussing his new beauty collection that includes a line of color cosmetics and skin care. “I’ve cared about cosmetics and makeup since I was a kid,” says Ford, referring to an adolescence obsessed with the glamorous guests on The Merv Griffin Show, such as Hollywood modeling agent Nina Blanchard, and Vidal and Beverly Sassoon. So powerful was this fixation that Ford still identifies strongly with the 70s. His ultra-colorful cosmetic collection recalls the heyday of Studio 54 and its coterie of glamour goddesses, like Jerry Hall, Lauren Hutton and Bianca Jagger.
And while his cucumber experiment might have gone awry, Ford has not forsaken his beauty regimen. He uses his own skin care products such as the Traceless Foundation Stick for the corners of his eyes and nose, and he sometimes sleeps in the oil-based serum, Intensive Infusion Concentrate Extreme.
I’m assuming the effect is similar to this: