Penn alumni have been popping up all over reality-TV competitions in the last few years. First, Schatar Sapphira Taylor C’92 fought for the heart of a diminutive, clock-laden rapper on Flavor of Love. Then, Will Frank EAS’06 showed off his smarts on Beauty and the Geek. And, for the last seven weeks, Abdi Farah C’09 has been revealing his artistic talents on Work of Art. (Farah, by the way, is currently one of six contestants still in the competition. Go, Abdi, go!)
Tomorrow night, Kristin Haskins Simms C’93 will become the latest alum to vie for reality-TV success, competing on Lifetime’s Project Runway. Now in its eighth season, the show brings together 17 talented designers who will compete for $100,000 to start a fashion line, a fashion spread in Marie Claire and a $50,000 HP/Intel technology suite. (Not to mention approving head nods and “carry on’s” from Tim Gunn.)
Simms is already the designer behind Strangefruit–a product line described as “a modern twist [on] historical fashion.” I spoke to her a few years back for a Gazette profile about the designs she was working on at the time. (The full article is available here.)
We wish her great success as she attempts to “make it work” (a classic Gunn-ism) on the Runway this season!