A source told the New York Post’s Page Six, “She just took off in the middle of the night.
Shortly thereafter, Maya took part in the Emmy award-winning design challenge series Project Runway on Lifetime Television. As she almost made it to the finals, she made the bold decision to leave the show to hone her skills as a designer, away from the watchful eyes of the camera.
Brooklyn, N.Y. native Keith Michael, 34, was asked to leave because there were pattern books in his room – a violation of the rules of the competition – and he had eventually gone AWOL from the production .
By far the most successful “Project Runway” graduate Christian Siriano was 21 years old when he took part in the show for the first time and wowed the jury with his designs.
Sandro Masmanidi, 28, stormed out of the luxury Parsons prison cell after raising his voice and speaking with his hands (pictured) to some of the other designers. Annoyed at the lack of feedback on his bow tie inspired dress, Sandro returned to the holding area ready to start a fight. And then he just ran away!
The season was notable for being the first to feature plus-size models, but it’s also remembered for a less positive reason — the Project Runway season 16 cheating scandal. This affected the candidate Claire Buitendorp, who took part in the competition with her twin sister Shawn.
After retiring from the show, Kim visited a doctor in her hometown of Seoul in November. She was eventually diagnosed with dysautonomia, a condition that presents difficult-to-localize symptoms like digestive issues and chronic fatigue that had gone undetected for about five years.
Some of the clothing designed in the series will eventually be sold on the Project Runway website. Season 7 winner Seth Aaron Henderson said at a Fashion Week El Paso press conference in 201 that clothing produced by contestants “will be auctioned off immediately after the show”.
The models who literally walk the runway on Project Runway and show off the designer’s clothes are not paid. Worse still, one model says the show has resulted in zero interest in her despite making the final four.
Claire Buitendorp was disqualified from the competition after admitting to using a tape measure outside the workroom, which was specifically against the rules. But now Claire and her twin sister Shawn Buitendorp seem to be changing their story.
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Hester has been creating her entire life and calls New York City home after having held a few stints in Santa Fe, New Mexico during her youth had to help take care of her parents who currently still live there.
Mondo is currently focused on developing innovative multimedia content and continues to create modern designs that combine its fashion and social awareness. See Mondo’s runway at FashioNXT featured Rupaul’s Drag Race star Blair St. Clair.
Maya may have shocked viewers when she pulled out of the competition, but the NYC-based designer isn’t quite done with the fashion game. She lives and works in New York City and is working on her line of accessories Mayaluz.
After he retired, Rodney showed his pieces at the second annual Harlem Fashion Row. Most recently, he relocated his design studio from Harlem to Hoboken, NJ.
He moved to the United States in 1996 and now lives in New York. “I was gone a long time,” Kashou said. “I usually come to visit my family, (but) this is my first time bringing my designs here.”
Ashley Nell Tipton, Season 14
After her big win, Tipton began writing for J.C. Designing Penney’s plus size clothing line and later creating her own jewelry line for K&M accessories. In November 2017, she released her first clothing and eyewear collection and became a consultant for other plus size brands.
Project Runway contestant Meg Ferguson quits after confronting 2 non-white designers. Project Runway contestant Meg Ferguson has withdrawn from Bravo’s fashion competition show after an explosive race-related confrontation with fellow designers.
Ping sells her line in various modern art museums across the country as well as in upscale boutiques abroad. She specializes in convertible accessories and lives in California.