Amanda Perna may not have done too well on Project Runway, but you can’t call her an underachiever by any stretch.
On her first outing on the Lifetime reality competition (season 9, back in 2011) the Delray Beach designer got sent home on the first episode. On the current season (that’d be 14) Perna lasted a little bit longer, three weeks.
Living well is the best revenge. The 28-year-old ended up showing off her House of Perna spring/summer 2016 collection recently at New York Fashion Week.
Would she rule out TV again?
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“I’m OK in front of the camera. At this moment in my life I got an amazing opportunity and had a great time,” she told The Palm Beach Post. “But I need to be focusing on my business. ... I think I’ve got my fill for a little while.”
As for the comeback kid’s inspiration? Life in general, she says on her eponymous website: “People, music, nature and color. I strive to create clothing that is unique, impactful and makes a statement. I believe fashion should be fun and not take itself too seriously.”
Perez Hilton is moving away from the gossip beat for a while. The celeb blogger is starring in an unauthorized Off-Broadway musical parody of the ’90s sitcom Full House, playing Danny Tanner.
“I’ve been doing what I do now for 11 years,” Hilton told The Associated Press recently, “So it’s fun to challenge yourself and take advantage of all the opportunities that present themselves.”
The NYU grad, who relocated to Gotham from L.A. in 2013, can afford to do different things that inspire him, with all his ventures including five websites, a radio show and podcast.
But Hilton remains busy on the home front. The Miami native, whose real name is Mario Lavandeira Jr., is a dad now, times two.
How fatherhood has changed the 37-year-old who grew up in Westchester and attended Belen Jesuit Preparatory School? “I’ve become less snarky.”
Adamari Lopez will appear at a private event Thursday to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month at the Miami Beach Women’s Club. For the telenovela star turned Un Nuevo Día host, the cause is personal. Lopez was diagnosed with the disease in 2005. The Puerto Rican native has since written a book about the experience in the 2012 memoir Thriving.
Thriving, indeed. Lopez is a new mom. She and fiancé, dancer Toni Costa, welcomed a girl, Alaïa, in March.
The event, in partnership with Liga Contra el Cancer, will tout the benefits of early detection. More info: www.facebook.com/orgullosa.