Project Runway Earns GLAAD Award
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
After countless nominations from various award-giving bodies, Project Runway finally takes home an award. The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation or GLAAD announced Monday night at the 18th Annual GLAAD Media Awards ceremony in New York that Heidi Klum’s show won the organization’s Outstanding Reality Program award.

Project Runway, an American reality series on the Bravo network, features fashion designers in a competitive environment. Under restricted time and materials, the contestants are put through a series of challenges to determine the best fashion creation, with the winner receiving a spread in ELLE magazine, $100,000 start-up money for the establishment of a clothing line, and a representation of from a renowned agency among other prizes. Apart from Klum, the contestants are judged by American designer Michael Kors, ELLE magazine fashion director Nina Garcia, and a fourth guest judge who is typically a celebrity or a fashion expert.

From 2005 to 2007, Project Runway has earned several nominations such as Outstanding Reality-Competition Program (Emmy), and Television Producer of the Year Award in Non-Fiction Television (PGA Golden Laurel Awards). The 18th annual award ceremony of GLAAD is actually the first time Project Runway has been nominated and recognized by the organization. Fortunately, the show won due to its “fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community as well as the issues that affect their lives.”

Tim Gunn, Project Runway’s fashion guru and mentor of the contestants, received the award on behalf of the show. He said, "I don't know whether people realize the seminal work of Bravo and, by definition Bravo's support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Beginning with Queer Eye and transcending to Project Runway and Work Out, Bravo's content dispels myths, challenges stereotypes and positions lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues thoughtfully and respectfully. Winning this award is quite possibly my proudest moment."

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

Source: RealityTV World

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