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Age 30, Kapolei, HI - Out Episode 14
QCurrent occupation? AFull-time designer for my own company.
QPast jobs? ARetail visual manager for Pacsun and Wet Seal.
QNicknames? AKini (key-knee), short for Kiniokahokuloa because it's too long to say.
QWhen did you realize you had designer potential? AWhen I was little I always sketched. Started sewing when I was 10 and loved everything about it. I could see a sketch come to life.
QFirst garment you ever made? AA pair of elastic shorts made out of scrap cotton Hawaiian print.
QWhat's your design training/schooling, etc.? AI graduated from Honolulu Community College’s fashion technology department with my AAS Degree in Fashion Technology. I also went to FIT for a year to further my fashion education.
QHave you won any awards for your designs/work related to design? AThe local FRESH FACE design competition.
QStrengths as a designer? AI can sew fast, and I can drape and draft patterns with no book.
QWeaknesses as a designer? AEditing my designs and over-designing.
QWhat's playing on your iPod when you're designing? ANicki Minaj, Rita Ora, Ariana Grande, Tove Lo.
QFavorite material or fabric to work with? ADenim, poplin.
QItem you're most proud of designing? AA black matte satin double-breasted jacket.
QFavorite designer(s)? AAlexander McQueen, Karl Lagerfeld, Zac Posen.
QSketch or drape? ASketch. I love to sketch whenever I can and have the free time. I sketch on anything.
QPatterns or solids? ASolids because if it's too boring you can always paint on it to make it a print.
QFavorite colors? AGreen, black, grey.
QBiggest fear as a designer? AThat my hands get injured and I can't use them to sketch, sew or design.
QFashion must? ANice good-fitting pair of jeans.
QFashion faux pas that drives you crazy? AGaucho pants.
QUgliest item of clothing/accessory you've worn? AA moss green felt sweater.
QFavorite style icon? ARihanna, Sarah Jessica Parker.
QWhat would you design for the First Lady? AFor evening, a floor-length full skirt shift dress with sleeveless top out of brocade. For day, a black pant suit.
QCelebrity you wish you could design for? ARihanna. Evening gown, floor-length, red, sexy and classy.
QIf you had to name your label, you'd call it... AKZ. I actually own my own label called KZ and I have designed two full collections for it.
QIf you weren't designing, you'd be... AFarming and learning more about my Hawaiian culture.
QDream place to set up your business? ANothing better than my home in Hawaii, but I would love to own and open an atelier in NYC.
QWebsites that feature your work? AKinizamora.com, kinianddinko.com, kinizamora.etsy.com
QHow were you described as a kid? AVery adventurous. A rascal with a high voice.
QHow are you described by your family and friends? AGoal oriented, determined, driven, vengeful, fun and adventurous. Willing to do whatever, whenever. Up for anything.
QWhy do you think you're easy to live with? AI don’t think I am! I'm a neat freak and I like things a certain way.
QFavorite hangout? ABeach beach beach. Any chance I get to head out and jump in the ocean. Local bar with live music with close friends. At home on my couch watching "Will & Grace" while drinking wine and eating pizza.
QFavorite movies and TV shows? A"The Devil Wears Prada," "September Issue," "Will & Grace."
QFavorite books/authors? AAlexander McQueen's biography.
QFavorite websites? ACraigslist, H&M.com
QFast food or gourmet? AGourmet but fast food McDonald's #1 with a Dr. Pepper.
QCooking or takeout? ACook. I love to learn how to make new dishes and try new things.
QFavorite foods? AFried chicken, steak, hamburgers, French fries.
QBeer or wine? ARed wine. Pinot noir.
QGuiltiest pleasure? AGrey Goose martini with a splash of lemon.
QBiggest pet peeve? ALaziness, loud eating, people on the phone at meals.
QHow did you end up auditioning for PR? AI found out about casting and just took the chance. I've been to three open casting calls and three closed calls. This will be my sixth time trying out for PR and I finally made it!
QFavorite past PR designer? ASeason 1 winner Jay McCarroll.
QChallenge you wish they'd bring back? AFresh flower/garden challenge.
QYour take on team challenges: AHate team challenges because I wouldn’t want to carry other people. I hate carrying dead weight.
QWhat do you look for in a model? ATheir walk is the main thing! Tall, skinny, with long legs.
QDo you think you can win "Project Runway"? AYes I know I could win because I have the skill and drive to be the next top American fashion designer. I have the talent and creativity, and I can bring something no else one has since I'm from Hawaii.