Project Runway Exit Interview: April

This week’s challenge on Project Runway was to create a dress inspired by the colors and taste of different gelato flavors for new mama/model Miranda Kerr at an industry event.

Poor April was sent packing, even though {in my oh-so-humble opinion} her work was not the worst of the day. I {and a few others} had the chance to chat with April post-elilmination, and here’s what she said:

Do you feel like the judges offer constructive criticism?

“I feel like the judges this time around were actually really constructive, but I mean, just in watching it back last night, it’s hard to watch. When you’re on the runway, it’s so overwhelming and you take everything so personally because you’re in the spotlight. It’s a lot of pressure but I try to see it all as constructive. Sometimes you can’t help but have your feelings hurt, though.”

Do you think your time on the show was worthwhile?
“Yeah, it was a great opportunity and I don’t regret it at all. It’s just another experience that has made me grow. Obviously I’m disappointed that I couldn’t go further in the competition and I thought I deserved to, but like I said last night on the show, you can’t predict how far you’re going to go. It’s a free-for-all!”

What was it like for you on the show?

“I know Michael C said he makes things for clients in 45 minutes to an hour. I’m sorry, but I don’t make clothes in 45 minutes .I cherish what I do and take it very seriously. It takes time to construct something that’s going to be perfect. For me, the Project Runway challenges are just not realistic and that’s my downfall.”

Were you expecting them to judge more on vision than construction?

“Yeah, I understood what they meant about the construction. It’s hard to really put much emphasis on that because there are some people who went through making something that literally had one seam up the front and done up the back. My corset was layered, so it was really kind of like… was it my fault for taking on something so complicated or is it just a personal bias?

“It’s just crazy. I don’t know what the judges’ reasoning was for me going home over Kara but it is what it is. I feel like we were equally in trouble, me and Kara, and they made their decision. It doesn’t really matter if she deserved to go home over me. All I knew is that I was definitely going home. I could feel it. It’s been a couple of weeks now, so I’ve had time to grieve.”

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