Our friend and sometime contributor to CHENGDOO citylife Magazine Ping Wu is one of the contestants on the current season of U.S. "runway reality" television show Project Runway.
Although the Chengdu-born and -raised Ping is now based in New York, she does come back to visit her family and friends in Chengdu regularly, and on her last trip, she sat down with us for an interview, which will be published in the March issue of CHENGDOO citylife.
For the uninitiated, Project Runway, now in its seventh season, is the aspiring fashion designer's American Idol, featuring a handful of designers who are eliminated one by one each episode until the finale, when three face off in hopes of nabbing the winning title and grand prize.
The first episode of Project Runway Season 7 aired January 14, and a friend (thanks, Debbie!) dug up the link to it on Tudou. And, if you know how to cast magic spells, you might be able to watch the show's website's behind-the-scenes clips. If not, you can still watch some stuff, like this interview with Project Runway judge Tim Gunn.
American entertainment bloggers, of course, are already having a field day with commentary on the new season. From Baltimore Sun blogger Kevin Van Valkenburg:
Ping, in a predictable twist, is clearly going to be this season's eccentric but talented weirdo. Tim Gunn questions why she's wearing the outfit she's designing, and when she confesses that she didn't have dress form growing up, it oddly makes sense. ... Ping's tornado of fabric, I think, was inspired by the garbage heap on Fraggle Rock. And yet, it's not that bad. I'm totally blown away by this.
It'll be interesting and exciting to watch the show unfold, unless, of course, she's eliminated the next episode, in which case, it won't be so much fun. We're keeping our fingers crossed!
Correction: Tim Gunn is not a judge on the show. His role seems to be mentor and timekeeper.