But it was lost due to technical difficulties. Anyway, here's the bitchy interview given by Vanessa Riley to which Jay was referring. It helps explain her erratic behavior during the Reunion Special last night a bit. The interview is every bit as condescending and high-handed as Jay said, and note especially the bit added by Popgurls at the bottom, seemingly immediately after last night's special aired:
PopGurls.com stands by this interview. Contrary to what Ms. Riley said during the February 16, 2005, Project Runway Reunion Special, no one affiliated with PopGurls.com has ever been an employee of Vanessa Riley in any capacity.
I also wonder which time she was lying about knowing how to sew. In essence, it seems the newly evil Vanessa somehow had a complete misunderstanding of what the premise of the show was. She thought that everyone was going to start of as a fashion designer, i.e. ordering around a bunch of assistants, not really doing anything, marketing yourself, presenting a certain "image" etc. Instead, as we all now know, the genius of the show (when it worked) was that it started everyone at the very bottom, at the level of making an outfit from start to finish, to see if they really had the skills - especially the sewing skills - to deserve to be vaulted to the position of fashion designer. Vanessa miserably failed at this, and now she says that it was all somehow beneath her, while simultaneously deriding everyone else's skill level! Anyway, read the whole thing, as someone or other says.
(Her takedown of Heidi Klum as host, however, is dead on. I said from the beginning that the woman was wooden, uninteresting, and added nothing to the show.)
And check out this awesome anti-Wendy Pepper post. Look at the horrifyingly hideous pictures, if you dare. There are some interesting comments to the post, with a predictable minority of people taking the oh-so-original, "Listen all y'all haters. She's just keepin' it real. She's just tryin' to win y'all" position. As Jay pointed out last night though, this isn't Survivor, this is a skill competition. Winning with pseudo-cunning and zero skill is meaningless, because if your designs suck and you got by purely by playing the game well, no one's going to want to buy your stuff after the show regardless. Also, since I'm certain the entire fashion world watches this show whether they admit it or not, she's just exposed herself as a horrible, unlikable person to everyone, so how does she expect to succeed in the industry now that the show has come out? Not smart or cunning Wendy. In a creative field you can be a bitch or an asshole if you're also a genius. If you're a mediocre talent, you may be able to get by on good looks or charm. Mediocre talent, bad looks, and a bad personality, is never a recipe for success.
If she somehow connives her way into winning next week I'll lead the rioting.