Karlie Kloss was left stunned by a Project Runway contestant’s comment about her husband’s family.
The 27-year-old model, who serves as host and executive producer on the TV series, wed Joshua Kushner in October 2018 after dating for six years. The businessman and investor is the brother of Jared Kushner, who is currently employed by the White House as U.S. President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and is also married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka.
Karlie has tried to avoid talking about her links to the controversial politician, but during the latest episode of Project Runway, contestant Tyler Neasloney called the model out.
The challenge was to make a dress that Karlie could wear in Paris using recycled material, but his gown was not well received by the model or fashion designer Brandon Maxwell.
“It’s definitely ‘wearable’ in someplace that is neither Paris nor Montauk or Martha’s Vineyard,” Brandon, a judge, told the contestant. “I cannot see Karlie wearing it anywhere, honestly.”
“Not even to dinner with the Kushners?” Tyler fired back, before adding, “That’s your husband.”
Karlie’s mouth dropped and head snapped back in reaction to the comment, though she didn’t appear angry and swiftly turned the conversation back to Tyler’s design.
“I was going to Paris, that was your challenge here. Keep it to the challenge,” she said, before adding, “This (design) is not what I asked for. The fabrics are poor choices. I think they look cheap. The pockets are ill-placed… You really missed the mark here on all accounts.”
Tyler was ultimately sent home from Project Runway after leaving the judges unimpressed with his recycled gown, and he later apologised for the remark.
“Karlie, I want you to know that I’m not a jerk, I’m professional,” he said during his exit interview.
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