Making reality TV my own reality is one of the best parts of my TV gig.
And I got a heaping dose of it when I attended the first ever Bravo A-List Awards at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Wednesday night. Host Kathy Griffin was outrageous! I’m not sure they’ll have enough clean footage to cut together an entire show.
At the after-party at the Cellar Bar in the Bryant Park Hotel, I made a beeline for some of my fave winners of Bravo’s hottest reality series and got an update on their lives.
Project Runway season two winner Chloe Dao was wearing a dress of her own design. She told me was moving into retail, so we should be seeing a lot more of her on the shelves of our favorite stores. Since she and I are both barely five feet, I know her stuff won’t be on the highest rack!
Top Chef season three winner Hung Huynh made my mouth water as her revealed his next culinary challenge. "I’m opening my own restaurant in [New York City’s] Murray Hill. It will serve seafood." Yeah, so you’ll be seeing more of me, master chef!
But I may be convinced to skip dessert once in a while after seeing Holly Kiser, winner of Make Me a Supermodel, looking modelesque in a slinky gown in the VIP section. She had just walked the A-List runway for a UNICEF dress auction (get more details at bravotv.com) in a Project Runway alum Chris March creation, and it was pretty obvious she has trimmed down since claiming top prize on the series.
"I joined a gym," Holly revealed. "I’ve always liked to run so I run on the treadmill. But I think my real workout is running to castings every day."
Hey, I run all over New York City for events, and I never lose a pound!
Malan Breton, who’s carved out a nice career for himself since appearing on Project Runway season three, got his chance to prove that every body is fantastic. He dressed Hairspray‘s Nikki Blonsky to appear in the UNICEF charity fundraiser.
"I wanted to do something different from all the bias cut dresses she gets from other designers, but would still flatter her beautiful shape," he told me.
Did she like it? "Nikki’s mom was crying. She said, ‘You made my daughter look so beautiful.’"
And mama can’t be wrong!
Until next time, fellow fanatics!