Words by Jesse Serwer, Interview by Simone Serwer
Chuck D. once said, “Public Enemy interviews are better than most rappers’ shows”–or something like that. Well, we’re pretty sure Project Runway contestant Anya Ayoung-Chee’s interviews are better than most of her fellow designers’ clothes. In Part 1 of our conversation last week, the former Miss Trinidad & Tobago Universe 2008 spoke about her experiences representing tiny T&T on the world stage, how her brother Pilar’s death inspired her to pursue her dream of becoming a fashion designer…and generally defied any notions one might have about a beauty queen turned sex tape star turned reality TV contestant. Read below for Part 2, as Anya discusses how carnival season influences her designs (and fashion in Trinidad as a whole), why she responded to her sex tape scandal by launching a lingerie line, and how she balances her creative impulses with her need to sell clothes. She also has some interesting ideas about rebuilding Trinidad’s dormant manufacturing sector. She’s lived a lot already but we’re pretty sure this is just the beginning for the 29-year-old –and her aerodynamic haircut, which we can already see is starting to catch on in New York. This definitely won’t be the last time you’ll be seeing her on LargeUp.