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Yup, we know he’s “fierce”. As the youngest winner in “Project Runway” history, Christian Siriano both embodies it and has inserted the word into our pop culture lexicon.
At 22, Siriano’s winnings equipped him with $100,000 seed money, a new car (you can imagine what he calls it), a spread in Elle magazine and the opportunity to sell his line on bluefly.com. Beating out people twice his age, he rightly deserves the “fashion prodigy” label. His ripe ambition as a teenager took him to the Baltimore School for the Arts and the American Intercontinental University in London to study fashion design, after which he worked with the likes of Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen.
Despite the recent whirlwind of attention, including a “you’ve made it” spoof on Saturday Night Live, Siriano says he’s humbled by the buzz. He doesn’t take for granted the fact that he had no job or no money just months ago. Now that he’s made obvious the word critics use to describe his first show to debut in New York during Spring Fashion Week, he’s working on the collection.
Update: Watch the CNN.com Live interview