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Project Runway Alum Frankie Lewis Shares How a Diagnosis Changed Her Approach to Design
The Project Runway Redemption contestant reveals the "tool that helps [her] be successful as a designer."
Frankie Lewis is among the designers who appears on the new series. In the clip above, the designer opens up about how a diagnosis affected her approach to design. "Initially when I was eliminated, I did not take it well," Frankie says. "What did it say about me as a designer that I couldn't make it past challenge number two?" She added: "Man, if only I'd known that I had ADHD, who knows what I would have done?"
Later, Frankie — who is competing against Tessa Clark for a shot at redemption — shares that her look for the challenge was inspired by Tetris. "Before I do anything that requires creativity, I start off playing Tetris. Tetris is just a part of my coping skills for ADHD. This childhood game has now become a tool that helps me be successful as a designer." She also makes to-do lists before starting her designs, starting by noting three things that she has to accomplish.
Frankie continues: "After my time Project Runway I was diagnosed with ADHD. ADHD isn't something you catch. It's something you're born with. You struggle with it as a child, you just don't know until an adult tells you. So I was able to meet with my doctor, and we developed a treatment plan. And ever since then, I'm far less overwhelmed."
Watch the clip above to see who wins the competition!