Project Runway Winner Apologizes to Me!

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When I heard that Jay McCarroll -- the very first winner of Project Runway -- was co-judging with me for the other night's Mr. Philadelphia Gay pageant at Voyeur, I had a bittersweet twinge of surreal awkwardness.

After all, the first and only time I met Jay, he angrily gave me the finger and glowered with his dagger-throwing eyeballs, for some very fashionable reason.

This time, over dinner at Opa (which happens to be the sound you make when you smash plates), I gingerly asked, "Hey, hon, why did you give me the finger way back when?"

"Maybe it was your reputation," he attempted.

That didn't go over.

"No, kidding. Actually, I thought I was hot shit at the time," he said, sheepishly. "I've since come down to earth. I'm sorry."

"That's OK, I thought it was kind of cute," I cooed, ever the gent.

Designer case closed.

But lately, Jay has been giving the middle finger to people in the fashion business.

"They're mean," he told me, fuming. "I hate fashion. I'm designing textiles!"

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6 comments
Earl Gadberry
Earl Gadberry

you're a little too big to be trying it, ms. j!

Guest
Guest

too bad he never heard about being nice to the people you meet on the way up.

Melinda9
Melinda9

There are probably opportunities out there for him - for example a show like the one Austin and Santino had last year where they chose deserving women around the country and then made them a hideous outfit. That was a fun show - I'm sure Jay could do something like that.

Dangerwillrobinson
Dangerwillrobinson

I watched the Jay McCarroll documentary. I feel bad for the guy. Life's not fair. But you do what you have to do without throwing acid tongue in the direction of people you believe have it better than you.

From the NY Magazine article "I have to keep conveying to all these other designers: I’m equal to you. It’s hard for everybody. It's hard for every designer. Unless you’re Proenza Schouler and you’re cute and Anna Wintour happens to like you."- Jay McCarroll.

It's true. But again, life's not fair.

Peters
Peters

Didn't he give some desperate interview to NY mag, then claimed it was all a hoax? Sounds needy.

rolph
rolph

Don't accept! Sounds like a creep!

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