Santino Rice, one of the three finalists on Project Runway 2, insists that, although he lost the competition, he still won.
“And I did win. It’s obvious that I did win,” he tells TV Guide. “I don’t need the big shiny crown of Project Runway to validate me as a designer. People ask me all the time, ‘What happened to whats-her-name?’ And I’m like, ‘I don’t know who you’re talking about.'” He’s talking, of course, about Chloe Dao, the winner of the show.
Although Santino may not yet have come to terms with his loss, he’s at least not yet delusional about his chance for ongoing fame as a TV star. He says that, while participating in a Details photo shoot with other reality stars, “I really felt out of place while I was there with them. I felt like everyone else was kind of jockeying for the next TV thing that they were going to do.”
And while Santino says he “get[s] offers like that all the time,” he won’t even consider doing another TV show unless “it involves fashion.”