Actor Ashton Kutcher had a eye-opening introduction to the world of male modelling - when gay GUCCI boss Tom Ford made him try on thongs in front of him.

The DUDE, WHERE'S MY CAR? star, 25, started off his modelling career in New York after winning a competition in his tiny home town of Cedar Rapids, Iowa - and a naive Kutcher found himself standing before one of the most powerful men in the industry.

He explains, "I had this exclusive deal, so I had to try on all these things in front of Tom. I had no idea he was gay. I come from a rural town - I'd never met an openly gay man before.

"So, I'm standing there trying on these thongs. It's really frigging hard to make a thong look cool. But after a while I started thinking, 'Let's get on with it.' It helped because I'm not shy anymore!"

11/06/2003 17:25