October 7, 2013

Project Runway's Justin LeBlanc Is A Role Model And Inspiration

Project Runway Season 12 - Episode 12 "Butterfly Effect's" 5 runway looks.
Lifetime’s Project Runway  is one of my most guilty pleasures, as I’ve managed to watch every episode since the reality television competition premiered on Bravo in December of 2004.

Project Runway  has won the prestigious Peabody Award, 2 GLAAD Media Awards, and received 28 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, while Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn received the 2013 Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program.

There have been 12 seasons of Project Runway, and two seasons of Project Runway All-Stars, with a third edition of All-Stars premiering on October 24th, 2013.

There’s only 2 episodes left for Season 12, with Part 1 of the Finale due to air this Thursday, and Part 2 of the Finale with the runway show from New York’s Fashion Week will be broadcast on October 17th, 2013.

On episode 11 “Next Generation,” the fashion designers had to design and create a print, inspired by a next generation innovator, and incorporate the fabric that they designed, in their runway look. Designer Dom Streater was the winner, and 2 designers were eliminated.

Alexander Pope and Kate Pankoke were told that they’re out, and I was surprised that 2 competitors were sent packing. During the course of Season 12, Kate had really redeemed herself in my eyes. She had matured, and was much more empathetic toward her competitors, and produced consistently beautiful designs. I was pulling for her to reach the finals, and was disappointed that she was eliminated. [I’ll bet that she reappears on All-Stars]

Last week’s episode 12 “Butterfly Effect,” was supposed to determine the 4 designer’s who would compete for the Project Runway  crown, and I wasn’t surprised that the producer’s sent 5 competitors home to create collections for New York Fashion Week.

Bradon McDonald’s look was deemed the winner of episode 12, and he and Dom Streater advanced to the finals. Competing for the 3rd and final spot are Helen Castillo, Justin LeBlanc, and Alexandria von Bromssen.

In my opinion, the top 3 fashion designer’s are Helen Castillo, Bradon McDonald, and Dom Streater, and that’s who I think should be in the finals.

I was thrilled that Justin LeBlanc was given a shot at creating a collection for New York Fashion Week. Every single week, Justin listened to the judges, and worked his tail off to prove himself, and his hard work and determination was reflected in his work. Justin improved every week, and it’s no small feat that a hearing impaired gay man who has always felt like an outsider, earned a chance to compete in the Project Runway  finals. Justin LeBlanc is an inspiration and role model for other hearing impaired individuals, and the gay community. Congratulations Justin!

Project Runway  airs every Thursday night on Lifetime at 9pm Eastern and 8pm Central time.

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