Project Runway 2.0’s New Judge Elaine Welteroth Reveals Her Show and Fashion Secrets For Spring!

By   |   March 14, 2019   |   Beauty

If you’re like me, you can’t wait for tonight’s premiere of Project Runway, the reboot. The popular fashion competition has returned to Bravo, its original network, with a new host, judges and challenges for the millennial sect.

Joining the judge’s table is Elaine Welteroth, former EIC of Teen Vogue and social media darling. Of course, she gave DivaGals all the scoop on her new role and the fashion item you must have this season!

What makes this version of Project Runway different from all the others?

These are people who practice what they preach. When they say they want to revolutionize this franchise can bet they mean it. I asked if I can talk about more than fashion, but about issues. They said we want you to be you and bring your voice. And I felt that every single day.

How was it on the set every day while you were filming the series?

It was lots of fun behind the scenes. We really bonded as a cast; we did facials. [Host] Karlie Kloss started dressing the same, showing up in the same sweatpants and tops — she is my work wife. We are all so very different and that what makes the show work.

What type of judge are you?

I think I’m fair. One thing I was surprised by was how invested I got in these designers. I cried. We’ve seen the tears and drama before on the designer’s side. But this season, because of how invested we are as judges and making this season matter in the world, we really identified with the designers and really rooted for them. Our critiques came from a place of wanting them to be the best they can be. It’s an emotional season, so I think I’m a passionate judge, but I’m also a tough mom. I hold them to a high standard and I want them to meet those standards. I will say there is a spirit of collaboration more than competition in the workroom.┬á You can’t engineer than. I think that reflects the world we live in today.

Spring is coming! What’s the one item every woman should have in their wardrobe?

You know what I’m going to say. A white boot. I’m a white boot girl four seasons a year, every single day!

Catch the season premiere of Project Runway, the reboot, Thursday, March 14 at 8 p.m. on Bravo.

photo credit: Insagram


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