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Michael Kors is a fashion designer and judge on the television show, Project Runway. He designed the Michelle Obama's dress for her first official portrait.
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In 2004, Kors was asked to be a judge on a new reality television show called Project Runway. He almost turned it down. "Reality show? Fashion on television?" Kors recalled thinking. "I thought that only fashionista freaks, gays and men wanting to see Heidi Klum in a short dress would watch it." He was wrong. The show premiered December 1, 2004,
and became an immediate hit with fans and critics. Kors' quips and blunt criticisms were fan favorites, and he continued as a judge in subsequent seasons.
Kors lives in New York City with his boyfriend Lance La Pere, the vice president of Michael Kors Women's Design. Viewers of Project Runway often comment on his perennial tan, a source of pride for the beach-loving Kors. "Now that Valentino has retired, I believe someone must wave the too tanned flag," he has joked.
Countless celebrities wear his garments, and First Lady Michelle Obama posed in a Michael Kors dress for her first official portrait. With new lines constantly in production, and more customers drawn in by his Project Runway appearances, Kors' fashion empire continues to grow.
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