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The Daily Dish Project Runway

Christian Siriano Says the Biggest Setback of His Career Came from Being "Young" & "Different"

The Project Runway mentor discusses the early challenges he faced as a designer.

By Hannah Fusaro

On episode 11 of Project Runway Season 18, the designers had some good news: No one went home!

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But as Christian Siriano noted, that presented a bit of a challenge for the Project Runway After Show, in which Christian interviews the eliminated designer from each week's episode. So he decided to take this opportunity to open up more about his own past as a designer with his guest, Olympic gold medalist wrestler Helen Maroulis.

She flipped the script on Christian and asked him, "What was the biggest setback to you feeling like you weren't going to achieve your dream and how did you overcome it?"

Christian responded, "Probably like what you think: I think that if you're young or different, people think you can't be something. Or like you can't run a successful business because you didn't go to this school, or you didn't do this; things like that in the beginning of my career. When I was trying to sell to retailers and they were like, who is this child trying to be like oh, here's my collection? They didn't get it at first, so you have to work on it."

Hear more from Christian and Helen Maroulis in the video above. Preview Thursday's episode below.

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