Marc Jacobs Learns It's What Others Say That Counts

In an interview for Harper’s Bazaar, Calvin Klein talks to Marc Jacobs about his new men’s fragrance, “Bang” (“It had a sexual connotation,” Jacobs notes). The ad campaign features Marc Jacobs himself, nude and comprehensively oiled.

But Jacobs was not always confident enough to pose with just a giant perfume bottle obscuring his genitals: Jacobs used to be fat and shy. This was before he went on a diet involving many wheatgrass shots and learned to seek validation from others based on his physical appearance:

After three months, my nutritionist asked me, “Have you noticed anything different?” and I said, “No, I’m miserable. I’m home all alone. I’m eating the worst tasteless, bland food.” And he said, “But how do people tell you you look?” And I said, “Well, people say I look better than ever.” And he asked, “How does that make you feel?” So I responded, “Well, if you look at it that way, that makes me feel better.” I thought it was a very interesting thing.

Yes, we have always found that very interesting. Marc Jacobs Learns It's What Others Say That Counts