ATL’s Rafael Cox dishes ‘Project Runway’ dirt

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imageRafael, we hardly knew ya. There was barely a chance to see Rafael Cox, Atlanta’s contribution to this season’s “Project Runway,” before he was summarily dismissed on the first episode. Now’s our chance.

Luckily, a gay Atlanta fashionista got the designer to dish about his experience on the show. As if he was preparing for the reunion bitch session already, Cox (photo) went no-holds-barred in an interview on Vincent Martinez’s Fashionado blog.

Martinez – the gay local designer, Grady High School Urban Couture organizer and PALS board member behind “Doggies on the Catwalk” – got Cox to lay bare his insider thoughts on the “Runway” judges, the remaining designers (Cox likes Viktor and Kimberly as contenders), and his own untimely departure in the first auf’ing of the season for a separates set that Michael Kors said included “a Flintstones Disco Pouch.” Ouch.

To be honest, my critique was not as bad as they made it out to be on the show. (The power of editing.) Nina, Michael and Christina Ricci all had nice things to say about my look, but those comments were edited out. My critique was not the worst one out of the three in the bottom… The judges will eat you up and spit you right back out. But there was a defensive response of my garment, but once again, it was edited out.

Note the lack of reference to Heidi. So who’s the meanest judge?

Heidi is the meanest and the one to look out for. She goes for the kill where as Michael and Nina will compliment the good things and butcher your look at the same time.

Don’t hold back, Rafa! We’ll look forward to more from him on the reunion special. Until then, see some of his designs and read the full Fashionado interview, watch the show on Thursdays, and keep an eye on our weekly “Runway” recaps each Friday.


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