Kenya Freeman: mid-season evaluation of 'Project Runway'

As we reach the halfway point of "Project Runway," Atlanta's Kenya Freeman remains very much in the running for the coveted crown for season 16.

She faces plenty of competition, though. The judges are truly smitten by Brandon Kee's work. He's the only contestant to date who has won twice and after eight challenges, he has yet to finish in the bottom three.

Kenya's journey so far has been interesting. The judges only highlight six outfits per show, the top three and bottom three. In the early going, many contestants end up not getting critiqued. Kenya has managed to be either top three (five times) or bottom three (twice) seven out out of eight times. In other words, the judges have spent more time with her work than anybody else's.

To date, she has shown wonderful craftsmanship and knows how to ensure her dresses fit her models perfectly.  The judges haven't always liked her fashion choices but overall, she's shown a predilection for working both creatively and efficiently.

Oddly, she has yet to win a challenge. "Always the bridesmaid, never the bride," she said.

We spoke for 40 minutes about the show yesterday. Here are some highlights:

Copyright 2017
Photo by Barbara Nitke
Photo by Barbara Nitke

Her takes on each of her competitors:

Brandon and Kentaro were best buds on the show.

"Project Runway," Thursdays, 9 p.m., Lifetime

Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.

Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.

About the Author

Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.