It’s the moment ice-skating fans have been waiting for—Johnny Weir is finally sharing his “glamorous, gritty, heartbreaking, hopeful, and just plain fabulous life story.” Here are 10 tiny gems of fabulousity from his new memoir, Welcome to My World, because you can only wish your life was half this fierce.


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“Figure skating, where jealously runs as rampant as rhinestones, is a fucked-up place to find your romantic future.”


“A fan of Sex and the City since the show started, I have always wanted to be Carrie Bradshaw. The character informed a lot of my youth and fashion daring; she inspired me to be a New York-style single lady.”


“I’ll never forget my first big purchase: a pair of caramel-colored Yves Saint Laurent ankle boots with little heels…As a fashion addict on his first binge, it was the most erotic time of my life.”


“(I enjoy a pointy shoe because I’ve got small feet, and I think pointy shoes make them look bigger).”


“When I looked in the mirror of my locker room, I saw a fraud. A big, ugly, stupid fraud. With bad hair. In the reflection, the short spikes were clearly crooked. Great, I hadn’t even done my hair well.”


“I tossed the timid polos and practical track pants of my youth, taking fashion cues from the boy bands popular at the time. *NSYNC had it going on as far as I was concerned.”


“Once I went through my growth spurt around seventeen and got my man body, I was ready to act like a man—and design my own costume.”


“I couldn’t wait to warm up the sparkly onesie since it was the very first I ever designed. Performing to music from Cirque du Soleil, I had been going for a deranged circus look.”


“When you come from a small place, a lot of people don’t have big dreams or aspirations (like when I’d mention a Birkin bag, not a lot of people got it).”


“I hadn’t felt anything even close to love at first sight since watching Richard Gere in Pretty Woman at the tender age of six…Kissing seemed like a weird thing to do, but I knew if I were going to do it, it would be with Richard Gere.”



Pub info:

Welcome to My World

Johnny Weir

Gallery Books / Jan. 11, 2011 / 9781451610284 / $26.00