Anya Ayoung-Chee, David Chum, And Project Runway

Friday, July 29, 2011

Because you know you like your fashion.

Getting an invite to New York City is usually a good sign for “Project Runway” cast members, but designers of season nine found out that making it to the Big Apple would not guarantee a spot on the show.

This season 20 fashion hopefuls were surprised to face an elimination on the first episode, “Road to the Runway,” where four designers were sent packing. The special casting episode will air July 28 on Lifetime and precedes the premiere where the eclectic group of designers will tackle their first challenge using their pajamas.

Anya Ayoung-Chee, 29, and David Chum, 29, were among the 20 designers who fought to land a spot on the show after a surprise casting cut.

Ayoung-Chee, former Miss Trinidad and Tobago who is half Chinese, says she draws on the Caribbean as inspiration for her clothing line Pilar, which was named after her brother who died at 18 in a car accident.

Chum, was born to two Cambodian immigrants who fled the genocide to resettle in the United States. Before “Project Runway” Chum balanced working at a Boston, Mass.-based restaurant and his clothing line, Selahdor.

Who will be cut on the first episode? Neither Ayoung-Chee nor Chum would divulge any secrets. But the Pacific Citizen caught up with the contestants to get the inside scoop on season nine as they anxiously await the “Project Runway” premiere.
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