Project Runway 10's First Ousted Designer
It's time to make it work! Project Runway is back on Lifetime with its 10th season. The Insider.com caught up with the first designer, Beatrice Guapo, who failed to make the cut!
TheInsider.com: Congratulations on getting to Project Runway. Going home first always seems like such a luck of the draw – how was it being the first one to go home?
Beatrice Guapo: You know you never wanna be the first one. So obviously I was disappointed, but I just kept the perspective that I was really just honored to be on … [and] really excited that I was even selected out of so many people.
TheInsider: I know this is the tenth season. What made you finally decide to do Project Runway?
Beatrice Guapo: I definitely wanted to get exposure for my line, as well as, I love the show! And thought it would be fun to be on and maybe actually, you know, show – I always wanted to show in New York and Fashion Week, and that was my opportunity.
TheInsider: Bringing a homework piece was different from anything they’ve done in the past. How was that experience for you?
Beatrice: You know it was different! I was like, wow, they’re like letting us do it at home? So, I was surprised.
TheInsider: Your first runway challenge was in the middle of Times Square. What did you think of being part of the biggest runway challenge in the history of Project Runway?
Beatrice: It’s like surreal – it’s overwhelming. When you’re there, sometimes you still don’t realize you’re there [laughs], it doesn’t hit you yet.
TheInsider: Yeah it seemed like it was a pretty big ‘to do.’ It’s like trial by fire.
Beatrice: Exactly. And all of [the designers] … were saying, "Oh my god!" [laughs] I think that was … the theme.
TheInsider: Do you agree with the judges on who was picked as the winner?
Beatrice: I agree. But there were so many other great pieces too.
TheInsider: I know as a viewer, I thought the one brown dress was phenomenal and the other dress seemed so ill-fitting. Did you feel that way?
Beatrice: Yeah. I think that they realized that it is such a crazy environment that maybe they were looking at …the one piece out of everything that is just so amazing.
TheInsider: And what did you find to be the hardest part of being on the show?
Beatrice: I think the time constraint. And the work room was so hot too [laughs] and the time constraint, you’re just like, “Oh my god.” Normally … if you don’t like something, you throw it out, you pick new fabric… you have time, you know? So I feel like it’s the time. The timing is crazy.
TheInsider: Who do you think should’ve gone home?
Beatrice: I don’t know what was the perspective internally. I made a shirt in twenty minutes. I cut a hole in my dress. So in my mind, I’m like no one can make a shirt and go down the runway, and stay.
TheInsider: Yeah. So I know that a few of the people who were kicked off first, like Gunnar Deatherage, have a pattern of coming back. Do you think that you’d want to come back?
Beatrice: I’m open to it.
TheInsider: I know you're currently in Marina Del Rey. So what’s next for you?
Beatrice: I love Cali, I’m so happy to be back [laughs]. Um, I have a TV collection. Um it’s doing great. I’ve [a line with] Fred Segal, Ron Herman… and I’m just continuing that. I’m really excited to do what I do. … I’m loud and proud that I’m a designer and feel passionate.