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July 19, 2011

Project Runway Casting Call

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Marie Claire editor Zanna Roberts Rassi, Project Runway's season seven winner Seth Aaron Henderson, and season three alum Laura Bennett.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Lifetime

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Zanna Roberts Rassi, NYC & Los Angeles

This is my third season casting Project Runway. At this point, I feel like I've seen it all — from bras with bunny ears to skirts made of little more than Scotch tape. But hey, at least those designs have some originality. Nothing irks me more than when a contestant brings clothes that he or she didn't actually design — and it happens a lot.

In New York Gregory Taylor presents an adorable triple-collar button-down shirt to the judges panel (Seth Aaron Henderson, PR season three alum Laura Bennett, and me), but on closer inspection, it has a "dry clean only" tag on it that's obviously from a manufacturer. When we point it out, he begins stammering and blushing. Busted.

All is forgotten when Cecilia Motwani walks in the door. The feisty 34-year-old from Woodside, New York, has a solid collection of everyday clothes for working women. What really blows me away, though, is her attitude. She's quite confrontational. When I ask her what kind of competitor she is, she firmly states, "I will do anything to anyone to win this competition," before storming out of the room, muttering curse words under her breath. Whether or not she made the final cut, I'm not sure. But fair warning to season nine's designers: Watch your backs!

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