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Age 24, Birmingham, AL - Out Episode 10
QCurrent occupation? AFreelance fashion designer.
QPast jobs? ARetail.
QWhen did you realize you had designer potential? AAt the age of 10.
QFirst garment you ever made? AThe first garment I ever made was a pair of lime-green pants. They were made from 100 percent cotton. It was bad.
QWhat's your design training/schooling, etc.? ASelf-taught.
QHave you won any awards for your designs? ANo awards, just praise.
QStrengths as a designer? AStructural shapes and voluminous silhouettes.
QWeaknesses as a designer? AFlowy, soft fabrics always give trouble.
QWhat are your influences? AMy influences come from women of power like Michelle Obama.
QWhat's playing on your iPod when you're designing? AGospel music/Beyonce.
QFavorite material or fabric to work with? ANeoprene, spandex and wools.
QItem you're most proud of designing? AMy fall 2010 collection.
QFavorite designer(s)? AMcQueen, Marchesa.
QSketch or drape? ABoth.
QPatterns or solids? ABoth.
QFavorite colors? APurple, blacks and white.
QBiggest fear as a designer? AThe only fear I have is failing.
QFavorite style icon? ADaphne Guinness.
QWhat would you design for the First Lady? AI would love to put her in one of my signature skirts and a button-down with collar popped.
QCelebrity you wish you could design for? AI would love to make a onesie for Beyonce.
QFavorite supermodel muse? ACoco Rocha; I live for her.
QIf you had to name your label, you'd call it... AKen Laurence.
QIf you weren't designing, you'd be... AI honestly don't know! Maybe a motivational speaker.
QDream place to set up your business? ANew York City.
QWebsites that feature your work? Akenlaurence.com, klbehindtheseams.com
QHow were you described as a kid? AGoal-driven, nasty attitude and very outspoken.
QHow are you described by your family and friends? AVery goal-driven, outspoken and inspiring.
QWhy do you think you're easy to live with? AI don't think I am easy to live with. I hate cleaning up after people.
QFavorite hangout? AI'm a homebody!
QHobbies? ADancing, listening to music and traveling.
QFavorite movies and TV shows? A"Titanic," "The Color Purple," "Project Runway"
QFavorite books/authors? AThe Bible/"Commanding Your Morning" (Cindy Trimm)
QFavorite websites? Awww.style.com
QFast food or gourmet? AGourmet.
QCooking or takeout? ACooking.
QFavorite foods? AI love seafoods!
QBeer or wine? AWine.
QBiggest pet peeve? APeople that don't live to their full potential.
QHow did you end up auditioning for PR? AThis is my second time auditioning for "Project Runway."
QFavorite past PR designer? AAnthony Williams, Christian Siriano.
QChallenge you wish they'd bring back? AThe avant-garde challenge.
QChallenge you hope they don't? AThe unconventional challenge.
QYour take on team challenges: AThey scare me. They can help you or hurt you.
QWhat do you look for in a model? AThe most important thing I look for is the attitude.
QDo you think you can win "Project Runway"? AYes, I think I could win "Project Runway." I am very business-minded, innovative, and inspiring to others. I am a force to be reckoned with.