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Age 37, Detroit, MI - Out Episode 14
QDescribe your family. AHonest, hilarious, loving and supportive.
QCurrent occupation? ACosmetology.
QPast jobs? AI've been doing hair since I was 16 years old.
QNicknames? AChar (short for Charketa).
QWhen did you realize you had designer potential? AWhen I graduated from high school, I would make mine and my friends' clothes.
QFirst garment you ever made? AI made some outfits for a dance group. I basically only used spray paint, safety pins, and needle and thread. I was so ambitious!
QWhat's your design training/schooling, etc.? ASelf-taught.
QHave you won any awards for your designs/work related to design? AI was nominated as 2012 Womenswear Designer of the Year from the Detroit Fashion Group, however I didn't win.
QStrengths as a designer? AConstruction and fit.
QWeaknesses as a designer? AMenswear.
QWhat are your influences? AMy past influence was anything vintage. Now I'm the total opposite: I'm obsessed with modern, clean, sleek lines with BOLD colors.
QWhat's playing on your iPod when you're designing? AChrisette Michele, Anita Baker, Teena Marie (I love R&B).
QFavorite material or fabric to work with? AStretch crepe and knits.
QItem you're most proud of designing? AI made a custom orange silk jumper for Dawn Richard for her appearance on BET's "106 & Park."
QFavorite designer(s)? ATracey Reese, Isabel Marant.
QSketch or drape? ADrape.
QPatterns or solids? APatterns.
QFavorite colors? ATurquoise, peach, cobalt blue.
QBiggest fear as a designer? ACreative block (oh nooo!!).
QFashion must? AAll things denim.
QFashion faux pas that drives you crazy? ANothing really! Fashion has no limits.
QUgliest item of clothing/accessory you've worn? ASee-through clear plastic combat boots. I was in high school, I thought I was hot stuff....ha!
QFavorite style icon? ASarah Jessica Parker (Carrie rules the world!).
QWhat would you design for the First Lady? AA two-piece pantsuit in soft mint green, pants flowy with a slightly wide leg, shirt tailored and fitted.
QCelebrity you wish you could design for? ASolange Knowles [insert scream here]. A one-piece shorts romper, printed fabric with side-seam pockets, and a long-sleeve sheer top with pop of solid color.
QFavorite supermodel muse? ANaomi Campbell.
QIf you had to name your label, you'd call it... AI already have a label I freelance design for called Chargrels Couture.
QIf you weren't designing, you'd be... AA hairdresser (my first love).
QDream place to set up your business? ALos Angeles.
QWebsites that feature your work? Ashop.chargrels.com, www.chargrels.com
QHow were you described as a kid? AOutgoing, funny, and smart.
QHow are you described by your family and friends? AOutgoing, goofy, and focused!
QWhy do you think you're easy to live with? AI'm easy because I try to be as considerate as possible of others, but I think I'm super moody. I like my quiet time.
QFavorite hangout? APV Lounge in downtown Detroit.
QHobbies? AI like writing poems.
QFavorite movies and TV shows? A"Trading Places," "Coming to America," "Shawshank Redemption." TV shows: "Scandal."
QFavorite books/authors? AAmy Dubois Barnett, TD Jake's.
QYour Twitter handle: A@Chargrels
QFast food or gourmet? AGourmet.
QCooking or takeout? ABoth! I like options.
QFavorite foods? AAnything with spinach and mushrooms. Yummy!
QBeer or wine? AWine.
QGuiltiest pleasure? ABeing a couch potato watching TV for a whole day. Soda and junkfood.
QBiggest pet peeve? AComplainers and loud people.
QHow did you end up auditioning for PR? AYes, I auditioned two times before with no callback. Then I decided to make my own home video and try again, and kept it a secret until I was a semi-finalist.
QFavorite past PR designer? ASeth Aaron, Season 7.
QChallenge you wish they'd bring back? AMake-your-own-fabric challenge.
QChallenge you hope they don't? ATall stilts challenge.
QYour take on team challenges: AI don't mind working in teams. Challenges make champions.
QWhat do you look for in a model? AHeight is important. Hair doesn't really matter but she has to have confidence and a mean walk!
QDo you think you can win "Project Runway"? AYes of course! I'm what the fashion world needs: a breath of fresh air. I break all the rules. #RecklessDreamer :)