On this season of Lifetime’s Project Runway, the story is just as much about the models as it is the designers. For the first time, the hit series is showcasing models of all sizes on its catwalk – and they aren’t afraid to share their views on the designs they’re modeling.
Like model Monique Robinson, who is part of Wilhelmina Model Curve. At 6 ft. tall and size 16, she wore Michael Brambila‘s winning design in the Heidi Klum lingerie challenge.
We caught up with Monique to find out how she feels about Project Runway’s new direction – and her styling secret!
How did you feel when you learned that Project Runway was doing all-size models?
It’s so hard to describe how I felt when I learned Project Runway was working with a variety of sizes for season 16. It was this feeling of pure happiness and excitement to know a mainstream television show such as Project Runway was going to include more body types in the competition.
Do you feel some designers were more challenged with your size than others?
I do feel that some designers had a difficult time with my body type. I think people who have never designed for plus feel they have to do so much more for a plus body. And I would agree that you do have to do more, but I think it’s simple. Just fit whatever you plan to design to my body. I’m not a designer so I could be wrong in that statement but make what you would usually make for anyone else and fit it to my body. It doesn’t have to be tight to show off my body, and at the same time, you don’t have to hide it.
Who has been your favorite Project Runway look/designer this season?
My favorite look on project runway this season would have to be Kenya Freeman’s Red Carpet look from episode one. I feel like a traitor to my designer because he won the first competition with me. Something about the regal-ness and sophistication about her first look was stunning to me.
What’s one style secret you have for your body type?
I would say the biggest style secret I have for my body would be a seamstress. I don’t mind paying a couple of extra dollars to have something I really like fitted to my body.
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