Project Runway: Junior Matt Sarafa thinks an eliminated contestant deserved to win

Dec 18, 2015 at 12:31 p.m. ET
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Matt Sarafa was the next contestant to get cut from Project Runway: Junior, and we had the chance to ask him a few questions about the show, including who he wants to win it all.

SheKnows: How did you find out about the show?

Matt Sarafa: I was previously on another show, Project Runway Threads, and when I heard they were casting for Junior, I was all up on it!

SK: What was the best experience about the show?

MS: The whole experience was so amazing, but I think getting to meet the other 11 incredibly talented designers my age was the best part. It's hard to find people my age who have the same interests as me, so we all bonded immediately and still all talk to this day!

SK: What was it like to meet Tim, Hannah, Kelly, Christian and Aya?

MS: Meeting Tim, Hannah, Kelly, Christian and Aya was so surreal. I had already met Christian on Threads, but I was so overwhelmed when I first saw Tim Gunn. He's been an inspiration to me ever since I saw Project Runway for the first time at age 7.

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SK: What was your favorite part about being on the show?

MS: The best part of being on Project Runway: Junior is getting to show the world what I love to do. I've worked so hard to get to where I am today, and I hope to inspire others.

SK: What was the biggest lesson you learned on the show?

MS: Time management. With a very limited amount of time for each challenge, I had to accept that every seam isn't going to be perfect. I'm used to spending days, sometimes even weeks perfecting my designs, so only having one day to complete each challenge was crazy.

SK: Which contestant do you think (or want!) will win and why?

MS: Even though he went home last week, I wanted Jesse to win. He is so talented, and his design and construction skills are beyond belief. From the contestants still in the competition, I'm rooting for my fellow blond Cali babe, Peytie. We met each other at the LA auditions, and I've loved her ever since! Even though our design styles couldn't be more different, I think the things she makes are absolutely beautiful.

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SK: Who is your favorite of the five judges and why?

MS: Ugh, this is a hard one. All of the judges are so cool in their own unique way. I really appreciate how Kelly always stuck up for me. She has such a super edgy sense of style, and I just think she's a really cool person in general. Hannah is breathtakingly beautiful and has such a big heart. Christian is so talented, and he understands the position we are all in since he went through it himself, and Aya is a major force to be reckoned with in the fashion game and works at two of my favorite magazines. Last, but certainly not least, Tim Gunn is Tim Gunn — so that's all I need to say about him.

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