For the first time in the history of the fashion reality show Project Runway (Bravo!), A Hispanic has been crowned the winner.
This weekend, Colombian Sebastián Gray, 32, filled his country with joy and pride by taking home the coveted trophy that 16 contestants competed for during the seventeenth edition of the show.
"It was an honor to have been the first Latino and represent the culture of my country with a collection that talks about the craftsmanship of my country and show what our culture has to show the whole world," Gray told People en Español.
It was his Colombian roots and his upbringing in Cali, Colombia, that nurtured the inspiration of this immigrant who had spent years in Miami without getting a job in the area of fashion design. His designs, faithful to the crafts of his culture, impacted the competition judges who highlighted his talent during the competition.
Today Sebastián celebrates glory, the more he receives the applause and recognition of the entire world, however, his beginnings were humble.
"I ran into racism, which was very strong," he confessed. “I had to start doing what was necessary to contribute to my home. The first job I remember was in a bar cleaning the tables and it was super difficult, from 10 in the morning to 4 in the morning, I didn't have a car and I was on a bicycle. Then I started cleaning houses and so I managed to gather enough to create my first collection that was presented here in Miami”.
What comes next for the caleño? Gaga, oh la, la!
On previous occasions, stars such as Priyanka Chopra and Cardi B have confessed that they would wear Gray designs, but a famous one whom he is excited to wear is, none other than , Lady Gaga.
In the middle of his celebration, Sebastián wanted to leave a message for immigrants, who, like him, come to the United States in search of a dream.
"The first thing to do is destroy our ego, learn to be much more humble and receive what life has given us as a teaching to be better and work hard, and despite all the sacrifices we have to make, to work hard, to focus and to go for it”.
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