Does this Book Make My Butt Look Big? – Carson Kressley
Emmy-winning television star and New York Times bestselling author Carson Kressley discusses his new book on feeling more confident in your own skin.
It’s 7 a.m. on a Wednesday morning and I get an email from the Editor-in-Chief informing me that I have an interview at 3 p.m. with Carson Kressley at Teatro Verde, a stylish boutique in Toronto’s swanky Yorkville neighbourhood. “We will discuss details when you get to the office,” she writes.
Stress levels begin to rise and, as sheer panic overcomes me, I mutter those haunting but oh-so-familiar words: “What am I going to wear?” I bolt to my room and find myself face-to-face with my closet, knowing this is going to be a fight I won’t win. I browse through my closet — no, not in season, I’m too bloated, why did I even buy this? I settle on my “emergency outfit” — a pair of nylons, an oversized chiffon dress and over-the-knee suede boots. Head to toe in black. You can’t go wrong with black, right? Black is chic — it says that I’m intellectual, sensual and fierce! I leave the house feeling comfortable but far from confident.
When I arrive at Teatro Verde, Kressley can be seen mingling with fans and signing copies of his new book, Does This Book Make My Butt Look Big? A Cheeky Guide to Feeling Sexier in Your Own Skin & Unleashing Your Personal Style… coincidence that I’m here? I think not.
More than just a style guide, the book aims at helping women build their body and fashion confidence. For those of us who just want to step out looking and feeling fabulous, Kressley teaches us that fashion is supposed to be fun; we don’t need to break the bank or our self-esteem every time we get dressed. “If you don’t feel good in your own skin, you’re never going to feel great in your clothes. Focus on what’s working for you and the things about your body that you love; maximize the positives and downplay the negatives.”
The book navigates some of the challenges women face daily and offers tips on makeovers, self-care, shopping on a budget and boosting your body image. It also features some of Kressley’s favourite brands, products and beauty sources. Like everything Kressley does, this style guide is far from the ordinary and highlights Kressley’s famously sassy persona. “I wanted to do something that was humorous and lighthearted because I do all of my makeovers that way. I never laugh at someone, I will laugh with them. I think comedy is a great way to take the edge off. I want everyone to realize that getting dressed is supposed to be fun and celebratory and it’s not that serious, it’s just fashion.”
Since appearing on Bravo’s hit American reality television series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Kressley has gone on to dedicate his life to transforming men and women into the beautiful and confident individuals they aspire to be.
Needless to say, I picked up a copy.