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Press Release

23rd December 2007



FOXTEL today announced Kristy Hinze will host the highly anticipated Australian version of the hit fashion reality series Project Runway.

The red-hot new series will spearhead an impressive new line-up of premiere programming on FOXTEL’s Arena channel in 2008.

FOXTEL’s Executive Director of Television and Marketing, Brian Walsh, said: “Kristy’s position as one of the worlds most popular and in demand Australian models, as well as more than 10 years of her own fashion industry experience, makes her the perfect fit as host”.

“Project Runway is a powerhouse television brand, with top-rating versions on air all around the world. The only place to catch it in 2008 will be on Arena.”

Kristy Hinze said: “I am so excited to be hosting Project Runway, it is my favourite reality show and I am honored to be a part of Australia’s local series. I look forward to working with FOXTEL and spending more time in Australia in 2008!”

Discovered in Queensland at the age of 14, Kristy became the youngest ever model to land an exclusive one year contract with VOGUE Australia. She has graced the covers of numerous magazines around the world including Sports Illustrated, British Cosmopolitan, Maxim, Australian Women’s Weekly, Harper’s Bazaar, Cleo and Australian Vogue.

Currently based in New York, Kristy consistently travels the globe in cities including Paris, London, and Madrid. She has modeled for prestigious international brands such as Victoria’s Secret, Berlei, Fisley, Decleor, Diesel, Country Road and Givenchy. She is currently the face of Australia’s Sportscraft.

Project Runway, produced by FremantleMedia Australia, is Kristy’s first full-time hosting role. She has acted in films including ‘The Extra’ alongside Jimoin and ‘Boys and Girls’ with Jason Biggs.

On television, Kristy co-hosted The RAQ Fashion Awards on the Nine Network and has presented segments for A Current Affair and The Great Outdoors.

Kristy will be joined by a judging panel from the Australian fashion industry. Production on the series begins early in the new year and online applications for contestants start in February 2008. For more information go to


Matthew Fraser
FOXTEL Publicity
T: 02 9813 7334 M: 0425 268100



Kristy Hinze on runway for TV job - 24th December 2007
(credit: The Daily Telegraph)

IT'S been a hot rumour for months but Foxtel yesterday made the fashionably late announcement that glamazon Kristy Hinze has won the coveted hosting role for its new reality show Project Runway.

While signing the leggy stunner is a solid coup for the pay-TV network, it's also great news for the Aussie social scene - which will have the opportunity to play host to Hinze for the first three months of the New Year.

The blonde bombshell will relocate to Australia for filming of the series, flitting between Melbourne and Sydney for filming and fun with the fashion set.

Hinze, the face of Sportscraft, is slowly developing her TV CV and is looking towards hosting and acting as the next step in her career after winding back her modelling commitments.

"I love TV, I love the camera, so I think this is a great natural progression for me," Hinze said while posing for her first Foxtel shoot last week.

"Project Runway is my favourite of the reality shows and I am really looking forward to finding the next big Australian designer."

While it will be head-down for Hinze in the New Year, the glamazon will spend the next few weeks jetting around the world celebrating Christmas and New Year with her loved ones.

Tomorrow will be spent with her family in Brisbane but Hinze will swap bikinis for beanies to ring in 2008 with her US billionaire boyfriend Jim Clark in New York.

Ahead of her return to Oz, Hinze has told friends she'll be holidaying aboard the 64-year-old's $100 million yacht cruising the coast of India.

Nice work if you can get it.


Project Runway: Pins and Needles, by Miss Schartz
(Credit: EW)

The designers sew up sexy work clothes for the lady-wrestler divas of the WWE; Chris is named lord of the ring, but Ricky gets the atomic drop

''I am not ashamed to make a new outfit for WWE divas.''

Damn straight, brother. When the beast in spandex came knocking, you embraced it. You body-slammed it. You scissor-kicked it. And for that, you took the crown. Finally, Chris won a challenge — all by himself. Finally!

When Heidi announced Chris as the winner, the guy busted out an expression of such sweet, happy surprise that in a fit of uncontrollable joy, I tried (unsuccessfully) to high-five both of my cats. (My husband's out of town, see. And my next option was hugging my TV. At least I went for the closest living creature.) Grinning from ear to ear, his eyes crinkling in delight, Chris said, ''Of course I end up winning the tackiest challenge.'' It's true — there was a karmic alignment between Project Runway's costume guru and the WWE challenge. At the same time, the judges easily could have pulled one of their illogical strokes of unfathomability and penalized him for being at a so-called advantage. I feared this would indeed be the case when Michael Kors noted that Chris didn't have to go as far outside his comfort zone as the other designers. Thankfully, in the end, his black sparkly spandex boy shorts and green leopard hoodie — masterfully lined with matching sparkly spandex and finished with dramatic bell sleeves — blew his competitors out of the ring. He got props for making cheap dress-up materials look expensive (always a good thing on this show). And his diva model, Maria, is even going to wear the kick-ass ensemble in a future wrestling match. But here's a question: Will she also adopt Chris' suggested signature move and smother men with her large breasts?

I must say, I really dug this week's challenge. Though not at first. When Tim led the designers to their date with hair-pulling, head-locking destiny, I felt my I hate product placement masquerading as tests of creativity! sensors going berserk. Especially after the gimmicky Hershey's task and last episode's Levi's snorer. (By the way — I missed you all! Thanks to Kate Ward for stepping in for me while I was freezing my buns off at Sundance.) Furthermore, just how, exactly, would spandex and rhinestones and glittery (oh my!) constitute fashion? I'm not holding my breath that will have much in the way of copycat merchandise this time.

That said, as soon as I saw the gang march off to the House of Spandex, I succumbed to the tacky fun of it all. Here was Chris, hunting down green leopard print! Here was Sweet P, picking out fabric so shiny the residents of Pluto had to shield their eyes from the glare! By the time Christian pushed up his elitist sleeves and dug right in, nothing could dull my buzz — not even Jillian's egregious name-checking of ''Blockbuster Total Access.'' (Which I'm sure she was instructed to mention.) For all Christian's annoying self-aggrandizing, this week he proved he might not be such a snob after all. I ask you: Do snobs giddily try on chaps in front of their peers? I think not. The Heatherette dudes nailed it when they said his leather-and-lace getup was reminiscent of Prince and Vanity. Kristal loved it, and the judges loved it — just not enough to crown Christian the victor. Of course, when the rightful winner was announced, the Runway editors couldn't resist sneaking in a requisite look of crushing disappointment from Mr. Fierce. (Speaking of which, our total season ''fierce'' count is up to 18, not including Tim Gunn's multiple uses of the word last night.)

Jillian also pulled off a successful look in a sporty blue and white outfit that reminded me of the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders — porn-star edition. (Did you all see how much butt cheek her diva had hanging out?) Rami, on the other hand — well, we all should have known that the guy was in bad shape when he described the models as ''six athletic strong women.'' What, he's never heard of prom or female wrestlers? Somebody get this guy a cable subscription. Torrie Wilson might have claimed to like the fuchsia monstrosity that Rami whipped up for her, but all I could write on my notebook was ''ugh.'' It was as if Victoria's Secret had done a bedtime Barbie outfit for a late-night Skinemax special.



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