A designer and the founder of her namesake brand, Delaware County’s Jeanette Limas is one of 10 talented contestants on the new season of Making the Cut, a Prime Video reality series hosted by supermodel Heidi Klum and fashion mentor Tim Gunn. The winner takes home $1 million, a mentorship with Amazon Fashion, and the opportunity to create an exclusive co-brand to launch in its store. Born in the Dominican Republic, Limas won a scholarship to the prestigious Parsons School of Design in New York and is known for her pattern making and distinctive draping.
MLT: How did you wind up on Making the Cut?
JL: I first got an email from one of the producers on the show—I think she found me on Instagram. I didn’t believe the email was real, so I didn’t pay attention to it. Three days later, I went back to the email and found out that it was legit. By then, I had just seven hours to put together all the documents they needed from me. My husband and I clicked on the submit button five minutes before the deadline.
MLT: What was it like working with Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn?
JL: Heidi and Tim are the true dream team. Heidi is smart and knows exactly what she wants. Tim is so helpful. He was always there to respond to all my questions in front of and behind the cameras. I’ll be forever thankful.
MLT: What’s it like working creatively with cameras and crew everywhere?
JL: They’re so professional that you forget they’re there. I miss them all so much. Working and seeing each other every day for long hours brought us closer. It got to a point where we all became friends.
MLT: Just how competitive is it?
JL: It is very competitive. The best thing you can do to stay focused is to stay true to yourself and give your best.
MLT: How has this experience changed your career as a designer?
JL: I had the great opportunity to receive criticism from people I admire and look up to. I learned so much from them all, and everything good influences my work.
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