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Designer Kenley Collins was kicked off Project Runway All Stars this week, and much to our surprise, we were very sorry to see her go. Back in Season Five of Project Runway, what we saw of Kenley was a little scary. We liked her designs, but her attitude was negative enough to turn off even the normally supportive Tim Gunn.
When we heard Kenley was coming back for Project Runway All Stars, we expected a repeat performance. But we were wrong. This season Kenley came off as someone we'd want to be friends with: positive, fun, and extremely supportive of her fellow designers. We recently got a chance to speak to Kenley, so we asked her why she seemed so different this time around—was it just the way the show was edited, or had she really changed? The designer impressed us with her candid answer.
"I think I've changed," Kenley told us. "And I think it's both. I didn't get a bad edit and I've grown up a lot. I was twenty-four when I auditioned for the show and [now] I just turned twenty-nine, so that's a big period where women change. A lot has happened since then. I feel like I'm a lot more mature and understanding of others. And not only that, but I went into this competition not as a competition. I really just wanted to have a good time with this. Because last time it wasn't fun and if I was going to do this, I wanted to have fun. And that's exactly what it was."