Georgian Sighting: Project Runway

December 1, 2009 at 3:07 am (Georgia, media) (, , , , , , , )

The sixth season of Project Runway, the reality show for fashion designers, is now over.  Until she was eliminated, I was rooting for Shirin Askari.

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Not only was Askari’s work a cut above the rest, but I was convinced that she was Armenian.  Even after it came out on the show that she is Persian – I was and am still convinced that the girl is Armenian.  Look at those eyes – Hye aghcik e.

So it was a huge surprise for me (and perhaps only for me) to find out during the season finale that the true Caucasian was, in fact, Irina Shabayeva, born in the Republic of Georgia.

Irina Shabayeva Credit:

While her parents still have a post-Soviet chic look to them, Shabayeva was inspired by NYC, not Tbilisi, for her final collection.  To each her own.  Shabayeva’s aesthetic clearly served her well – she was, after all, the winner of season six.


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