"I'll never forget the time I sent a model down the runway with her shirt on backwards," he says.
Speaking up about this backwards philosophy is actually how she got the gig.
We inched forward—rather than backwards—but still stood about 10 feet behind the men, joining the prayer as it started.
1510s, from backward with adverbial genitive. Figurative phrase bend over backwards is recorded from 1901.
c.1300, from abakward, from Old English on bæc (see back (adv.)) + -weard adjectival and adverbial suffix (see -ward). Old English had the adverb bæcling. As an adjective, from 1550s. Meaning "behindhand with regard to progress" is first attested 1690s. To ring bells backward (from lowest to highest), c.1500, was a signal of alarm for fire or invasion, or to express dismay. Another Middle English word for "backward, wrongly" was arseward (c.1400).