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Season 10 Q&A: Beatrice Guapo Discusses Her Early "Runway" Exit
The crop of fresh-faced Season 10 designers had a lot to handle in their first episode, from the massive runway show in the middle of Times Square to the challenge requirement of presenting two finished (and cohesive!) looks. Beatrice Guapo's knit pieces were unfortunately met with an "auf wiedersehen" from the judges. We spoke with Beatric about her time on the show, her near-catastrophic garment problem and the juicy drama between Christopher and Gunnar. Check it out after the jump!Q: What was the best piece of advice you got while you were on the show?
Beatrice: I think one thing that I didn’t do was “Go with your instinct to keep with your aesthetic.” That is probably your saving grace with everything.
Q: There have been reports that two other competitors left the competition later in the taping process. Does that make you mad, considering you really wanted to be there?
Beatrice: I don’t know anything about anybody leaving. At that time I was already off, so I pretty much accepted it by now.
Q: Do you regret anything you did?
Beatrice: Yeah! I feel like I wish I did more of what they liked on my rack, which was more “me,” that got me on [the show]. I should have just stuck with what I do best.
Q: How would you describe your experience on the show?
Beatrice: Overall, I really enjoyed it. I loved the designers – everybody had a very strong personality, and they were really funny; we were laughing a lot. I enjoyed it. I think it was a great experience and I was really excited to be accepted.
Q: Do you have a prediction of who might win?
Beatrice: I think it’s too early. I definitely think I have a top three, but for the most part I think it’s still anybody’s bag right now. I really think Chris is really great, and Ven. And it’s between Melissa and Dmitry, too. I have a top four, I guess.
Q: It seemed like the hole in your dress was pivotal for you on the runway.
Beatrice: Yes. When I split that hole, I looked at it and I thought, "Wow, this hole could possibly be my downfall." The hole was the size of a canyon. I chopped off the top of the dress completely. And this is 20 minutes till runway 20 minutes! And I made a block, kind of squared, flouncy top in 20 minutes.
Q: Did you have any idea that you might be the one going home, or were you hopeful that you'd be picked to stick around?
Beatrice: I think the best approach in my brain was, "Okay, think worst-case-scenario that you’re going home," so I didn’t have a complete meltdown when I left.
Q: Do you think you deserved to go home compared to Lantie and Kooan?
Beatrice: Just in my mind, from my point of view, I was thinking, "No one should do a shirt in 20 minutes on 'Project Runway' and stay." So I was accepting of my fate.
Q: What did you think of the Gunner and Christopher drama?
Beatrice: I feel like there’s a love-hate relationship with them. I think they did like each other, but they almost were a lot alike it was like a love-hate thing. Very passionate.
Q: What was your favorite moment from being on the show?
Beatrice: Meeting Tim Gunn was an awesome moment. I think he’s just, he brings so much to the show, and you really do trust his opinion. He always has a great approach to everything. He has a great vibe; I can’t explain it. But it was surreal to finally meet him after so many years of watching the show.
Q: What can we expect to see next from you?
Beatrice: Right now I have my line GG Collective. I’m really excited to get back in designing. I completed winter and now I’m doing spring with these beautiful bold jewel sweater prints, and I’m doing some really fun chiffon prints blocked with my knits, so I’m really excited to go back to it. GG Collective is my baby and now I’m getting out there with it.