Q: What was the first garment you ever made?
A: A slouchy gray jumpsuit that I wore to Miss Universe.
Q: What's playing on your iPod when you're designing?
A: Reggae, soca, jazz, hip-hop, pop.
Q: When did you realize you had designer potential?
A: When I had the opportunity to consult on my wardrobe for the Miss Universe pageant in 2008.
Q: Favorite designer(s)?
A: Haider Ackermann, Stella McCartney, Gareth Pugh, Dries Van Noten, Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake, Alexander McQueen.
Q: Current occupation?
A: Fashion designer.
Q: Can you describe past jobs you've had?
A: Graphic designer, stylist, merchandiser, beauty queen.
Q: What is a fashion must?
Q: What is your design training?
A: I have a fine arts bachelor's degree in communications design from Parsons School of Design.
Q: Have you won any awards related to design?
A: I won a Cacique Award for excellence in styling for a theater production in Trinidad.
Q: What are your strengths as a designer?
A: Spotting prints that create dynamic garments, bringing my graphic design training into my fashion design work.
Q: What are your weaknesses as a designer?
A: I am on my way to improving my sewing and construction skills.
Q: What's influenced your designs over the years?
A: My work is heavily influenced by the diverse cultures that comprise Trinidad and Tobago, and the Caribbean as a whole.
Q: What's your favorite material or fabric to work with?
Q: What's the item you're most proud of designing?
A: A long silk chiffon dress worn on the BET Awards red carpet.
Q: Do you prefer sketching or draping?
Q: Do you prefer patterns or solids?
Q: What are your favorite colors?
A: Too many to list.
Q: What's your biggest fear as a designer?
A: To lose creative control of my work.
Q: What fashion faux pas drives you crazy?
A: People looking generic or the same as everyone else and having no concern about it.
Q: What's the ugliest thing you've ever worn?
A: A silk curtain tieback on my head as a bandeau for a New Year's Eve party.
Q: Who are your favorite style icons?
A: Kate Moss, Coco Chanel, Frida, Tom Ford, Rachel Roy.
Q: If you designed for the first lady, what would you design for her?
A: A Caribbean holiday resort look
Q: What celebrity would you like to design for?
A: Rihanna. I'd like to design a whole wardrobe for her!
Q: Who's your supermodel muse?
A: Kate Moss.
Q: What do you look for in a model?
A: An athletic build (fit and slim but not overly skinny), exotic looks, very high cheekbones.
Q: If you had to name your label, you'd call it . . .
A: It is already called Pilar.
Q: If you weren't designing, you'd be . . .
A: Design consulting.
Q: Dream place to set up your design business?
A: Between New York, London and Trinidad (or somewhere else in the Caribbean).
Q: Websites that feature your work, including your own site(s)?
A: Pilarbyanya.com, anyaderogue.com, facebook.com/pilarbyanya, trinidadlookbook.com
Q: Any other cultures or places you wish you could design for?
A: I'd like to design luxury resort wear in the Middle East, using the traditional graphic tiling patterns and historical architecture as inspiration.
Q: How were you described as a kid?
A: Sweet, creative, girly, obedient, hardworking, driven, competitive, focused.
Q: How are you described now?
A: Passionate, ambitious, somewhat rebellious, creative, hardworking, driven, fun-loving, very social, intense at times, dedicated to my family.
Q: Can you describe your family?
A: Close-knit, large, lively (sometimes dramatic) and full of love.
Q: Marriage or kids?
A: Single, no kids.
Q: Do you have any nicknames?
Q: Why are you (or aren't you) easy to live with?
A: Easy because I keep common areas neat and am quiet when others are around. Not so easy when I am designing a collection and there is fabric everywhere. Also, I do not cook.
Q: What's your favorite hangout back home?
A: At the sea, an area called Down-the-Islands off the coast of Trinidad.
Q: What are your hobbies besides designing?
A: Dancing, blogging, hanging out with friends or my brothers.
Q: What are your favorite movies and TV shows?
A: Movies: Wasteland, Frida, City of God, The Pianist. TV: Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Entourage, The Daily Show, Project Runway.
Q: What are your favorite websites?
A: The Sartorialist, Tumblr, Refinery 29, International Herald Tribune.
Q: Your Twitter handle?
Q: Favorite Twitter accounts?
A: Shareawakening, RevRunWisdom, TheDailyLove, CAFD, Refinery29, NiallRoyal
Q: What are your favorite books and authors?
A: The Alchemist, The Diary of Anne Frank.
Q: iPhone, Android or BlackBerry?
Q: Fast food or gourmet?
Q: Cooking or takeout?
Q: Favorite food?
A: From Trinidad, curry, a delicacy called Doubles and a dish called Pelau; Caprese salad; almost anything Italian; sushi.
Q: Beer or wine?
Q: Guiltiest pleasure?
A: Sleeping in.
Q: Biggest pet peeve?
A: When people are doing something in life -- a job or career -- that does not make them happy and they don't show any desire to change that.
Q: Favorite designer from past seasons of Project Runway?
Q: Project Runway challenge you hope they bring back for your season?
A: Designing resort wear.
Q: Project Runway challenge you hope they don't bring back for your season?
A: Designing with burlap.
Q: Your take on team challenges ... love them or hate them?
A: Looking forward to them! I really love collaboration and think that team challenges can be extremely creative and dynamic.
Q: How did you end up auditioning for Project Runway?
A: I saw a tweet mentioning the deadline for PR applications and decided to apply on a whim.
Q: Why do you think you will win Project Runway?
A: I am highly competitive, I have many of the elements that comprise a winner on this show, and I have a deep passion for representing not just me but also where I am from, on an international scale.