'Project Runway' Exit Q&A: Korto Momolu | EW.com


'Project Runway' Exit Q&A: Korto Momolu

The laid-back Liberian-born designer is still pretty irked she didn't win, but she's happy to talk about her big plans, disagreeable Kenley, and the misunderstandings caused by editing

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Korto Momolu may have gotten the boot from Project Runway last night, but life is looking up: The president of Liberia, where Korto was born, just asked if she’d come visit and design a dress for her. Who needs $100,000 when you’ve got that? The designer revealed her presidential commission when EW.com rang her up to chat about how she’s feeling about losing (still mad!), her thoughts on Kenley (couldn’t care less!), and lots more.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You seemed pretty upset in last night’s episode. Are you still mad? Feeling better now?
KORTO MOMOLU: No, I’m still mad. I wanted to win. I had to watch the episode last night in L.A. with everybody. You open that wound all over again. It’s emotional. That’s how I felt at that moment. You get that far, and you want to win. You feel like you’re gonna win. With all the judging, what they said, I feel like I got the best critique. It’s almost like they played me. They teased me. ”Nope, you’re not gonna get this piece of cheese.” But it’s okay. Being second isn’t the worst thing. There are a lot of people that came in second, third, fourth, and fifth. Look at Jennifer Hudson. She won an Oscar, for God’s sake, and she didn’t even make it to the top six [on American Idol]. I’m just gonna follow their paths and just know that God has bigger things for me. The sky is the limit for me. I really do feel like I have a future in fashion.

Do you feel like you accomplished something on the show? Made a statement?
I’m glad that women got that I was fighting for the real women, women with curves, women that don’t look like Heidi Klum. We need to go buy high-fashion stuff, and we want to look hot and sexy. Those are the people I design for. I represented for them, and I’m glad they got it.

What do you do now? Do you go right into a clothing line?
I do a lot of different things besides clothes. I have a great handbag line and jewelry. I might start out with that first and build up some finances to get my clothing line going. Or somebody might call me today and say, Hey, I’ll finance the whole thing! I really don’t know. It just happened so quickly yesterday. I didn’t have time to think about it.

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