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Age 28, Brooklyn, NY - Out Episode 9
What the fans are saying about PROJECT RUNWAY
Q&A Samantha's Take
QDescribe your family. ALoud, talkative, fun, loving, supportive, honest.
QPast jobs? AWomen's denim designer, associate junior designer.
QNicknames? AspeedyG: Given by sorority because I do everything very fast. Talk walk clean fast! SammyB: because of my clothing line. Manta Poo: Family nickname.
QWhen did you realize you had designer potential? AWhen I was in high school and I took a pre-college program in fashion design.
QFirst garment you ever made? ANot completely sure, but from what I can remember, a striped green and blue tank. I sewed each strip of color togther to make the fabric, and then I made the tank.
QWhat's your design training/schooling, etc.? AWent to Pratt Institute for fashion design and graduated in 2005 with a BFA.
QHave you won any awards for your designs/work related to design? AYes, junior year I won the Joseph Citarella Resort Wear Award.
QStrengths as a designer? AAesthetic, use of fabrications, and knowing a woman's body.
QWeaknesses as a designer? ATrying to do too much.
QWhat are your influences? A
QWhat's playing on your iPod when you.re designing? ARihanna, Wynter Gordon, '90s jams, Beyonce, Miguel, Solange and a bunch of random jams.
QFavorite material or fabric to work with? ANeoprene.
QItem you're most proud of designing? AMy rope dress. It stands out, it takes a a lot of time, it's provocative.
QFavorite designer(s)? AMcQueen, Balmain.
QSketch or drape? ASketch and drape.
QPatterns or solids? APatterns.
QFavorite colors? AYellow, and neon yellow.
QBiggest fear as a designer? ANot succeeding.
QFashion must? AFly jacket.
QFashion faux pas that drives you crazy? AWearing 10 trends at once.
QUgliest item of clothing/accessory you've worn? ALol, not sure, but I prob have a few.
QFavorite style icon? ALisa Bonet, Grace Jones, Madonna.
QWhat would you design for the first lady? AAn amazing knee-length dress.
QCelebrity you wish you could design for? ARihanna, a dress that has my obvious aesthetic. A dress that can be worn for red carpet or editiorial.
QFavorite supermodel muse? AOmahyra.
QIf you had to name your label, you'd call it... ASamantha Black.
QIf you weren't designing, you'd be... ADoing something in the creative world.
QPlaces/cultures you wish you could design for? AHasidic Jewish culture.
QDream place to set up your business? ASoho.
QWebsites that feature your work? Awww.sammybdesigns.com, fashionbombdailycom, theybf.com, essence.com, jonesmag.com, vimeo.com/blackroses, pynkmag.com, ebonycom
QHow were you described as a kid? AArtistic, really nice, fun.
QHow are you described by your family and friends? AFun, creative, stubborn, driven.
QWhy do you think you're easy to live with? Why aren't you? ABecause I stay in my own space. Because I have a clothing line that takes over the whole house with clothes, fabric and pins.
QFavorite hangout? ADowntown Manhattan.
QHobbies? APhotography, painting, arts, crafts.
QFavorite movies and TV shows? A"House Party," "Coming to America," "Teen Witch," "Martin," "A Different World," reality TV anything, "Gossip Girl"
QFavorite books/authors? A"They Cage the Animals at Night"
QFavorite websites? AMany.
QYour Twitter handle? Asammybdesignsny
QFavorite Twitter accounts? A@raeholliday
QFast food or gourmet? AFast food.
QCooking or takeout? ABoth.
QFavorite foods? AJamaican.
QBeer or wine? AHard liquor.
QGuiltiest pleasure? AReality TV.
QBiggest pet peeve? APeople who lie for no reason.
QHow did you end up auditioning for PR? AI applied and got a call back. Yes, I auditioned a few times. =(
QFavorite past PR designer? AChristian Siriano.
QChallenge you wish they'd bring back? A
QChallenge you hope they don't? AAnything to do with male models.
QYour take on team challenges: AHATE, as a designer you are limited on creativity, and you're judged on participation as well as how well you worked with other people and took their advice. There are too many areas to concentrate on.
QWhat do you look for in a model? AI look for a model that will best bring out a piece or collection. I'm looking for height, facial features, walk, as well as their natural flow to make sure it all represents what I need.
QDo you think you can win "Project Runway"? AYES, because my aesthetic matched with my drive is something not many people possess.