BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) — Anthony Ryan Auld is making the most of his second trip down the catwalk. This past weekend, his design landed the Baton Rouge-based designer on the pages of USA TODAY.
"This is one of the biggest things that's ever happened to me at this point in my career," Auld said in the interview with USA TODAY. "It's one of the biggest things I've ever gotten to win."
Auld made his first appearance in the national spotlight on Season 9 of the hit reality show, “Project Runway.” Although he didn’t make it to the big finale, his fan-favorite personality gained him a second chance to “make it work” on the spin-off show “Project Runway All Stars.”
“I was so shocked that I was picked,” Auld said. “It feels really good to get the second chance, because I think a lot of people felt like I like I should have gone further the first time.”
So far, Auld is showing that he has what it takes to make it to the top. He has won two out of the four challenges that have aired thus far. The latest win, which included the feature spread in USA TODAY, is by far the most significant.
“For me, winning that challenge was very big in that I wanted to be able to get my story out there and show people more of who I am, not only as a designer, but who I am in life,” he told NBC33 News. “It was super personal for me, so for that reason, it was huge.”
Auld’s inspiration for his design was a photograph provided by a fan. He explained that the image seemed to represent the feeling of having to move forward. For him, that brought up the emotion of his battle with testicular cancer. He then explained how that pushed him to create his movement called ROCKONE1, which was launched in Baton Rouge back in March 2012.
“Essentially the Rock One movement was really created to empower people who are cancer stricken through fashion, specifically, but also those who were directly it where indirectly affected.”
Auld admitted that his return to television has forced him to readjust focus a bit.
“Your life stops when the show is airing,” he said with a laugh. “ROCKONE1 is kind of on the backburner right now.”
Although on the backburner, the project is still maintaining a boil. Auld says he hopes to make a big announcement for the next round of recipients in January 2013. The announcement will coincide with the release of his new collection, which he hopes to debut at the Shaw Center for the Arts in downtown Baton Rouge.
“Right now I’m concentrating on my designs,” he said.
Although you’ll have to wait until January see Auld’s latest collection, you can continue to watch his progress on “Project Runway All Stars.” It airs on Thursday’s on Lifetime at 8:00 p.m. central.
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