Who is Christian Wilkins? Model says ‘all of us are non-binary’, credits parents for confidence
Christian Wilkin recently opened up on the idea of gender during an interview. Speaking to The Star Observer, the model claimed that “all of us are non-binary” as he thinks “gender is absolutely a construct” after being asked about his own gender identification.
The 27-year-old said, “I would probably identify all of us as non-binary to be completely honest." Christian is gay and reportedly uses he/him pronouns and credits his parents for his confidence. He stated, “I really don’t put much weight in what the opinions of others are,” before noting, “I was just very lucky to have parents that sort of never questioned who I was or what I wanted to do.”
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Recalling a childhood incident, the reality TV star said that when he was just three or four years old, “he wanted to dress like the Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz,” for Halloween. He said, “My parents went out there and they found me green glow-in-the-dark face paint and a little black dress so that I could dress as a witch and they were always just so accepting of me that I sort of never questioned myself.”
Christian also told The Star Observer that there’s nothing wrong in putting yourself first and being happy. He explained: “In this world, there’s only one person that you can count on, and that’s yourself, and if wearing a little pink dress, wearing something sparkly, or wearing pants, or whatever, makes you happy, you should do it because your happiness is actually really what matters in this world.”
“And I think that by being a happy person and operating from a place of love, and happiness, it actually creates an energetic transfer. And I think that that’s tangible and it creates visibility and a space for other people to do the same,” Christian added.
Who is Christian Wilkins?
The Australian fashion podcaster is a son of Channel Nine's entertainment editor Richard Wilkins and his former wife Michelle Burke. Like his father, he had also worked at Channel Nine as a stylist and “hosted a podcast called Radical Fashionism with his best mate Andrew Kelly, which was nominated for Best Original Podcast at the Australian Commercial Radio Awards in 2019.”
In an old interview, Christian had fondly spoken about Richard and said, “I am really, really proud of my dad. To be his son, follow in his footsteps is a huge honour and not something I'm ashamed of. I love my dad, I love my mum and I love my family. I am not at all embarrassed or want to break out from that.”
He had also talked about his mother in a 2019 column for Stellar magazine that read: “I'm just as close to my mum and stepdad. Obviously they're not in the media, so perhaps others might not find the relationship as 'interesting', but in a way that's even more important because my mum's helped me stay (somewhat) grounded. Long story short, I just think my parents are f---ing tops.”
Christian was all over the news last month after he stole the show at the 62nd Annual TV WEEK Logie Awards in a sexy sheer backless dress. He also soared the temperature high in a sequined dress at the ‘Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin’ screening at Warner Brothers studios in mid-July and gave a befitting reply to his critics too.
Speaking to news.com.au, he said, “They don’t know me … If you met me and attacked my personality, that would upset me, but if you think I’m wrong for wearing a dress because I have a doodle, you’re an idiot. Not only do I think it’s homophobic, but it’s misogynistic. It’s this notion of ‘I’m a man and I’m dressing like a woman and therefore that makes me less.”
He also asserted, “That’s a disgusting notion. It’s 2022, whatever. There’s nothing more beautiful in the world than someone who feels beautiful in an outfit. It just radiates through you.”
However, it's not like only Christian is proud of his choices and his parents, they are too. Praising his son, who starred in Stan Original series ‘Eden’, Richard said, “I admire his bravery. He has great style. He is fashion forward. I am boring in my black suit, black shoes and a bow-tie. I'm not really shaking things up, am I?”
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The 68-year-old television presenter has also fired back at Christian’s trolls as he added, “So… to anyone who dares to suggest that I am in any way ‘ashamed’ of my son Christian.. for whatever reason… You are wrong! I could not be more proud!! He is an exceptional human being who will leave his stamp on the world long after his detractors have disappeared. I love you unconditionally.”