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Age 26, Springfield, VA - Out Episode 7
QDescribe your family. AComplicated.
QPast jobs? AAssistant designer, and I have worked in all the positions in a restaurant, from dishwasher to server to cook.
QNicknames? ATu, because every Thai has a nickname that your family give you when you were born and they usually carry with them all their lives.
QWhen did you realize you had designer potential? ASince I was little.
QFirst garment you ever made? AYellow flower-print A-line skirt in sewing class at Parsons.
QWhat's your design training/schooling, etc.? AParsons the New School for Design with an AAS in fashion studies. Paris American Academy with a B.A. in fashion design (Haute Couture Technique).
QStrengths as a designer? AI.m trying to push fashion forward and willing to take a risk.
QWeaknesses as a designer? AI don't really like ironing and time management.
QWhat are your influences? ASince I love art, most of my design philosophy collaborates with sculpture, architecture and historic paintings. I use these inspirations to create new looks, shapes, fabrication, volume and prints.
QWhat's playing on your iPod when you're designing? AUtada Hikaru, Misia, BoA, Namie Amuro, Bo Sunita, Christina Aguilar, Vanessa Mae, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Daddy Yankee
QFavorite material or fabric to work with? AWool, cotton, and cotton sateen
QFavorite designer(s)? ACristobal Balenciaga, Dries Van Noten, Maison Martin Margiela, Miuccia Prada, A.F. Vandevorst, Alexander McQueen, Riccardo Tisci, Nicolas Ghesquiere, Consuelo Castiglioni (Marni), Rick Owen, Viktor & Rolf, Stefano Pilati (YSL).
QSketch or drape? ABoth.
QPatterns or solids? ABoth.
QFavorite colors? ABlack, white and gray.
QBiggest fear as a designer? ANot being understood.
QFashion must? ABe who you are.
QFashion faux pas that drives you crazy? ASuper-duper-tight leggings which showed off the camel toe in public areas.
QFavorite style icon? AQueen Sirikit, Aung San Suu Kyi, Nicole Richie, Lady Gaga.
QWhat would you design for the first lady? AHand- embroidered dress.
QCelebrity you wish you could design for? AKristen Stewart. A cool skirt with a structured top.
QFavorite supermodel muse? AMariacarla Boscono, Carmen Kass, Karmen Pedaru, Natalia Vodianova, Suvi Koponen, Feifei Sun, Ai Tominaga, Si Tanwiboon.
QIf you had to name your label, you'd call it... ATuera
QIf you weren't designing, you'd be... AFashion stylist, architect, restaurateur.
QPlaces/cultures you wish you could design for? ASlavic culture, South American tribes.
QDream place to set up your business? ANew York, Bangkok, Tokyo.
QHow were you described as a kid? AStubborn, friendly, loud, curious, sincere.
QWebsites that feature your work? Awww.tuera.net, www.facebook.com/pages/tuera/471853612833572?ref=hl
QHow are you described by your family and friends? AAlways unexpected.
QWhy do you think you're easy to live with? AI'm a bit messy and unorganized.
QFavorite hangout? AKinokuniya Bookstore, Samed Island.
QHobbies? ADancing, traveling, eating and meditating.
QFavorite movies and TV shows? A"Sailor Moon," "Legally Blonde," "My Sassy Girl" and all Hayao Miyazaki films. Dae Jang Geum.
QFavorite books/authors? A"Crayon Shin-chan," "GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka"
QFavorite websites? AStyle.com, Facebook, YouTube, Mthai.com, Sanook.com, Google
QYour Twitter handle? A@officialtuera
QFast food or gourmet? ABoth.
QCooking or takeout? ABoth.
QFavorite foods? AThai, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, French.
QBeer or wine? ANeither.
QGuiltiest pleasure? AInternet addiction.
QBiggest pet peeve? AUnfairness and bias.
QHow did you end up auditioning for PR? AAfter I quit my job in Bangkok like a week, I found out about audition through website. I submitted my application from Thailand ASAP and made it to the semi-finalist level. So, I decided to return to the U.S.
QFavorite past PR designer? ALeanne Marshall, Andy South, Elena Slivnyak.
QChallenge you wish they'd bring back? AAvant-Garde.
QYour take on team challenges: AIt really depends on the team.
QWhat do you look for in a model? AI can't tell until I see her in person or at least her modeling portfolio.
QDo you think you can win "Project Runway"? AYes!! Why not?