Johnny R.

Johnny had no idea his Versace-inspired look would win the challenge.

Jun 25, 2009

I finally WON!!!!! I am in complete shock. First off I can’t believe I finished the dress. I was totally overwhelmed in this challenge. I was just burned out and ready to throw in the towel altogether, I was ready to go home. But after stepping out and having a break and just analyzing the overall look, hair, makeup and attitude of it all I felt inspired again and motivated me just to finish it. I had no idea in my mind that I could win it with this dress; I just wanted to have a finished garment and something I could be proud of. And I couldn’t disappoint Gianni. Mr. Versace was a very specific look so I couldn’t mess it up. There was a lot riding on this. I was initially excited and nervous when I was given Versace because it can easily be translated as very over-the-top, House of Extravaganza status. But I think I was able to find a nice balance and Miss Haven, good ol’ Miss Teen U.S.A., you will be extremely missed my love. Can’t wait to rekindle our love affair when I get back to L.A. Every time I use my hairspray I will think of you!! <3