Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Man Who Stayed in Bed

Stephen is wearing a pin stripe suit, leather jacket and lipstick in this photo, oh yeah, this was taken in the 1920s... can you say, fab-u-lous!

Stephen Tennant was an British aristocrat best known for his decadent lifestyle and for spending much of his life in bed. When I read about him I often wonder if he really existed, his life just seems like it was written as some flamboyant character from a novel.

Here are a couple facts (and reasons why he's amazing):
  • he was a wealthy brit
  • wore make up and dyed his hair dusted with gold
  • was part of the Bright Young People set
  • inspired the character Sebastian Flyte Brideshead Revisited and Cedric Hampton in Love in a Cold Climate
  • he would go shopping in tight pink shorts or a tablecloth as a skirt
  • it is claimed he lived in his bed for 17 years
  • when he gained weight he said, "But I'm beautiful...and the more of me there is the better I like it!"

Read this book review of Serious Pleasures: The Life of Stephen Tennant (1990) by Philip Hoare from the New York Times written by John Waters. I just added it to my to-read list, I know it's going to be a fun read!

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