TRUE Model Lorna Gives Inside Scoop Behind Walking for Project Runway’s S14 Winner
TRUE Model Lorna Litz walked for Ashley Nell Tipton, winner of Project Runway Season 14, during New York Fashion Week. Lorna made history as the 1st Latinnese Curve Model to close the show for a Project Runway Designer. The TRUE Model Blog asked Lorna to dish out all of the behind-the-scenes details from walking in the show, and to give advice to those who are interested in modeling. Check out what Lorna had to say!
TM: What was your favorite part about walking in the show?
LL: Walking down the long runway with all those cameras flashing, of course!
TM: What was your favorite piece in Ashley Nell Tipton’s collection?
LL: My favorite piece was the Purple Lace two piece she had me wear for the judges during episode “Part 1 Season Finale”. All of her pieces were beautiful and I am honored I was chosen to wear her closing look.
TM: How closely did you get to work with the designer?
LL: I was only needed to fit once or twice, so I did not have the opportunity to work with the designer closely.
TM: What was the environment like when they announced the winner? How did it feel to hear that you won?
LL: All the Muse models were asked to leave, but we were told they will announce the winner very soon and the winning Muse will receive a call. I received a phone call from Ashley Nell Tipton, herself, a few hours later; she was excited to tell me “We Won.” I felt so happy for her. All of her hard work paid off. She deserved this win and I am very proud of her.
TM: According to some reports, only 15.3% of the models casted for the Spring 2016 Collection were non-white. Making history as the first Latinnese Curve Model to close the show for Project Runway, during NYFW is monumental! Have you noticed any changes within the industry?
LL: I did notice more of a cultural diverse group of models during New York Fashion week, especially at Project Runway’s show. It is very encouraging to see a change within the industry, not only with size acceptance, but with ethnic backgrounds. As a mixed Model, I am representative of the multicultural majority, and to be chosen to make history as the first Latinnese (Puerto Rican and Japanese) Curve model to close the show for Project Runway was such a privilege. I am greatly honored!
TM: Do you have any words of wisdom or advice to young women, who are interested in getting into modeling? Or, for women who do not see themselves reflected by the industry?
LL: My advice would be, if you want to become a model and you are willing to put in the hard work and dedication, you will go far. With the fashion industry changing its view on size requirements and having models, such as myself, who are breaking barriers, I see a bright future ahead. The next generation of models will have it much easier than I ever had, I can assure you of that.
TM: How has this experience impacted you? Has it taught you anything new?
LL: Never stop believing in myself, even when no one else sees my potential. To keep my faith alive and continue to follow what I set out to accomplish.
TM: Who is someone you’d love to work with in the future?
LL: I recently had the opportunity to meet Nicole Miller. I would love to work for her. I have a list of many other designers and companies I’d like to work with, but I would keep those to myself, for now.
TM: What advice would you give in regards to handling negativity or criticism?
LL: Don’t let the criticism and negativity get the best of you. There will be a lot of people with opinions but you cannot let that define who you are. Believe in yourself… period!