Season 11 of Project Runway has come to a close and although Patricia Michaels, my Future-ish favorite, came in 2nd place I think there were many wins during the finale. First and foremost, there were wins for all of the finalists, they all put on fantastic shows and Michelle Lesniak Franklin, the winner, was a fierce competitor with her female-wolf-on-her-last-hunt inspired creations.
But the other wins that caught my attention were the ones Patricia mentioned throughout the finale episode and across the whole season. Clearly Patricia's success in the competition was a win for her personally but she also talked about how she felt she had succeeded in representing her family and community, the Taos Pueblo located in New Mexico, well throughout the entire competition. She then referenced the role she was able to play in breaking stereotypes of Native Americans more broadly by demonstrating the unique and innovative contributions they make in fashion and many other industries. Add to all that goodness...I was thrilled - THRILLED - when she introduced herself at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week show in her Tiwa language. She also thanked the audience in Tiwa and later her Mother shared some kind and inspiring words in Tiwa after the competition. That means millions - MILLIONS - of people have heard the Tiwa language for the first time...win, Win, WIN!
Heidi Klum, a clear fan of Patricia's, said many times throughout the season that she's never seen anything like the looks Patricia designed, Nina Garcia noted she has a "gift of creativity", and Zac Posen, also a clear fan, called her show pieces "new and different...its from her soul...its pure". Michael Kors, a guest judge for the finale said:
"When I look at the work that [Patricia] does, WOW...When I looked at that dress, that was this perfect culmination of a modern, easy shape that a girl wants to put on with this incredible mica and horse hair, I love that she took all that and merged that together, its SPECTACTULAR...I don't think we've ever seen that type of attention to artistic detail. Its cool! I think she's thinking outside the box.
I think her little blue dress and bouncy blue hairpiece may become an iconic moment in fashion. Iconic in fashion because: 1. it is a truly original and stunning design and 2. it finally breaks the convention that a Native American aesthetic can only reflect the same stereotypical pieces. Patricia has proven that culture and tradition can be referenced but still be very fashion forward. More importantly, I believe Patricia's hard work, creativity, and grace throughout the competition will become an iconic moment in mainstream media as well by demonstrating the truly original and creative talent that Native artists can bring to design industries.
2013 NFFTY (National Film Festival for Talented Youth) is underway! If you're in Seattle April 25-28 don't miss the opportunity to catch some of the most creative films around, all creations of budding film directors 22 and under.
Turlington began her modeling career in the late 1980s and gained a high profile when she began representing Calvin Klein in 1987. In 1990 she was one of five models on the cover of British Vogue magazine who became cross-industry superstars and helped define the 1990s as the supermodel era. In addition to her ongoing modeling career, she has appeared in many documentaries and has been a business partner in several apparel, health, and beauty ventures.
Turlington has been involved with multiple humanitarian projects. She was an anti-smoking activist early in her career, became involved CARE in 2005, is an ambassador for Project Red, and in April of 2010 founded her own nonprofit organization focused on international maternal health, Every Mother Counts.
Turlington graduated in 1999 from NYU with a BA focused on comparative religion and Eastern philosophy and as of 2013 is pursuing a MPH degree at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She is an adviser to the Harvard School of Public Health Board of Dean’s Advisers and is a member of the Harvard Medical School Global Health Council.
Jessica Mauboy, arriving for her appearance on the Ellen show that aired April 18, 2013. Mauboy made several appearances on Ellen while the show was down unda more in Spring 2013 but she was on the show this time to promote her the movie she both starred in and recorded multiple songs on the movie soundtrack for, The Sapphires (which Ellen happens to be a big of). Jess just keeps getting more and more fabulous!
Big Data Week 2013 is April 22-28. Location you ask? That would be...GLOBAL! That's right, Big Data Week will take place around the world in over 25 cities. Big Data Week is one of the most unique global platforms of interconnected community events focusing on the social, political, technological, and commercial impacts of Big Data. It brings together a global community of data scientists, data technologies, data visualisers, and data businesses spanning many and diverse sectors.
The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius hosted by actor, producer, and public servant Kal Penn. The series features engineering challenges that push the contestants' science and design skills to max. With $50,000 at stake and a one year contract to work at WET, a leading design and engineering firm of large-scale water features such as the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas.