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Miss Piggy in the The Muppets movie
If you've been sitting out this season of Project Runway All Stars, tonight might be the night for you to jump back in. Miss Piggy is making an appearance, and the Francophile muppet should be a welcome antidote to an otherwise slightly bland judges panel.
And actually, despite being a puppet, and a pig, we think she is far from the worst role model a group of aspiring designers could have.
Think about it: Miss Piggy totally knows what it's like to start at the bottom and work her way up in the fashion industry, having begun her career as a shop girl, then struggling as a model for years before eventually hitting star status. And as we learned in the most recent Muppet movie, Piggy even landed a gig as plus-size editor at Paris Vogue—an impressive career trajectory by any standards.
Unsurprisingly, she's gathered valuable wisdom along the way (see: her 1983 memoir, Miss Piggy's Guide to Life), and as a reminder to anyone who thinks it's easy making your way to the top in fashion, we refer you to a 1993 interview Larry King conducted with Miss Piggy and her fiancé, Kermit the Frog, excerpted in a recent Paris Review piece:
Larry: Did you know that your fiancée, your girlfriend, left home as a teenager, after graduating from charm school? That her first job was at a department store selling gloves?
Piggy: I’m proud of that. I was alone. I was single. I’m proud of that. I made my own way.
Larry: As a model, she was forced to pose for certain ads—one for a bacon product.
Piggy: I’d rather not talk about that.
Kermit: That’s outrageous. You never told me that stuff, Piggy.
Piggy: This is something a woman sometimes has to do.
So, you see, though she suffered indignities, she always stayed true to herself—a valuable lesson for anyone aspiring to make it in fashion.
Also, we're pretty sure whatever she ends up wearing is going to upstage anything created during tonight's program, so that's pretty much worth tuning in for by itself.
· Miss Piggy, Literary Icon [The Paris Review]
· All Project Runway coverage [Racked]