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Jefferson Musanda

Jefferson Musanda

Age 25, Brooklyn, NY - Out Episode 1
  • Exit Interview: Episode 1
  • First Impressions
  • Rewind: Episode 1
  • Jefferson Musanda' Closet Tour
  • Jefferson Musanda' Home Visit
Q&A Jefferson's Take
QDescribe your family. AClose family of nine: mom, dad, two sisters, aunt, uncle, two cousins and myself.
QCurrent occupation? ADesigner and retail.
QPast jobs? AChildcare counselor, bagger, sales association, intern, merchandiser.
QPets? ASilk terrier named Max.
QNicknames? ADef. When my cousin was learning to speak he would say Def instead of Jeff and it just stuck.
QWhen did you realize you had designer potential? AAlways did, but didn't pursue it until after high school.
QFirst garment you ever made? AA skirt with a double flounce.
QWhat's your design training/schooling, etc.? ATwo years at Fisher College, three years at Pratt Institute.
QHave you won any awards for your designs/work related to design? AYes, Fisher Fashion Designer of the Year Award and Pratt Merit Award.
QStrengths as a designer? AGreat sense of creativity, proportion, and silhouette.
QWeaknesses as a designer? ACould be better at editing down my ideas.
QWhat are your influences? AMy influences have always been using past and present experiences.
QWhat's playing on your iPod when you're designing? ABeyonce, Danity Kane, Miguel, Britney Spears, Chris Brown.
QFavorite material or fabric to work with? AReally soft neoprene.
QItem you're most proud of designing? AMy senior thesis collection.
QFavorite designer(s)? ARicardo Tisci, Alexander Wang, Olivier Rousteing.
QSketch or drape? ADrape!
QPatterns or solids? ASolids.
QFavorite colors? ABlack, purple, lime green.
QBiggest fear as a designer? ANot becoming the success I know I can be.
QFashion must? AStyle.
QFashion faux pas that drives you crazy? ALeggings as pants.
QUgliest item of clothing/accessory you've worn? AWhite tees.
QFavorite style icon? ARihanna.
QWhat would you design for the First Lady? AAn amazing jumpsuit.
QCelebrity you wish you could design for? ABeyonce. I'd love to design pieces for her next tour.
QFavorite supermodel muse? AJoan Smalls.
QIf you had to name your label, you'd call it... AJefferson Musand (high-end), Olivier Lukengo (lower-end).
QIf you weren't designing, you'd be... ADancing.
QHow were you described as a kid? AVery friendly and athletic.
QHow are you described by your family and friends? ADriven, well-dressed, clever.
QWhy do you think you're easy to live with? AI keep to myself and I can be a clean freak.
QFavorite hangout? AG Lounge in Chelsea, NYC.
QHobbies? ADancing, looking for new music.
QFavorite movies and TV shows? A"Real Housewives of Atlanta," "Scandal," "American Horror Story," "House of Cards."
QFavorite books/authors? A"The Secret."
QiPhone/Android/Blackberry? ATeam iPhone all day.
QFast food or gourmet? AGourmet.
QCooking or takeout? ACooking.
QFavorite foods? ASpaghetti, jerk chicken.
QBeer or wine? AWine.
QGuiltiest pleasure? ABrownies.
QBiggest pet peeve? ASloppiness.
QHow did you end up auditioning for PR? ANever auditioned before. Was recruited by casting.
QFavorite past PR designer? AMichael Costello, Christian Siriano, Emilio, Seth Aaron.
QChallenge you wish they'd bring back? AAvant garde is always my favorite.
QChallenge you hope they don't? ADesign a mailman look.
QYour take on team challenges: ALove them. I like to collaborate.
QWhat do you look for in a model? AAthletic build, hourglass shape, amazing walk.
QDo you think you can win "Project Runway"? AOf course I do. I not only have the talent I was born with but turned that into a skill, and my drive is unparalleled.