Anyone who likes reality shows should see the show “Make the cut“, presented by hosts Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn from 2020. For the first time, the project brought, in its third season, when it cast a Brazilian designer: Rafael Chaouiche, from Curitiba, who came in second, lost the award to Yannik Zamboni.
Born on a farm in Paraná, Rafael convinced his family to support his business in this way: “My mother always supported me in my business and my father was surprised”, the stylist remembers to FFW . Rafael, 28, moved to Curitiba to study fashion and work as a fashion designer. With knowledge, he got a place in the reality show of Rede Globo “Como Manda o Figurino” where he came in second place. The knowledge of the TV opened up new opportunities for the designer, who created his eponymous brand and since then from his colors and water he has created images such as Grazi Massafera, Thai de Melo and Silvia Braz.
Image: Honor (Chaouiche)
The invitation to participate in the Making the Cut in 2019 “said an international observer that the work of the project found my page and they really like my work. He told me to apply by booking a place video and I do it.” But the illness prevented Rafael from going to the United States to record the project and his name ended stand by. “I went from November 2019 to September 2021 without any news, and it left me empty because I felt that I had lost the biggest moment of my life,” he said.
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When he gave up hope of one day joining the program, he received an email from work resuming the invitation, a month before he left for Los Angeles. Speaking no English, she had to take two months of communication courses to prepare to face the host duo and star judges Nicole Richie and Jeremy Scott.
Rafael and Tim Gunn / Image: Publicity (Amazon Prime)
Relationships with judges are described as confusing. Tim Gunn, for Rafael, is like a father. “He would come to my table and when he came I was euphoric. He is a symbol, being with him is a privilege. “Rafael also told us that the person who published the project loved the designer, the study and the calmness of Rafael’s English. According to Chaouiche, Heidi and Nicole to him. He believes that this correction came about because they respect the water signature of the artist and see with his water silhouette. Jeremy Scott, Rafael said that his friends said that the problem designer (who is the executive of the show) by the will of the witnesses. “At some point I began to see as if he criticized me more than others,” he said.
Rafael with his back to the crowd / Image: Publicity (Amazon Prime)
However, this did not deter him from continuing the project. Rafael sees his participation as an inspiration and a role model for other Brazilians who want to try an opportunity to participate in international programs with the same experience. “Being the first Brazilian to participate in an American championship is a strength for all those who want to try something, but feel less because of being Brazilian”. He explained that he received a lot of love not only from Brazil, which fills the posts shown on Instagram of the program. Other people from countries such as Mexico, the United States and London show their support to him through social media, in the difficult situations in which he stars in reality. With the difficulty of using the sewing machine, in one of the parts, he injured his finger and ended up going to the hospital and he became disabled and lost his chance to ate in the end.
However, for those who followed the truth from the first seasons, I expected to have the Brazilian champion, and we are close to getting there, even though it is the second place of the tournament. The father, who at the beginning of Rafael’s business had his doubts about investing in his son’s dream, now follows the project and loves him. However, his mother could not help her stylist son. Hospitalized for lung cancer, he died a month before the show aired. “He wanted to live and wondered if he could hold on to see me until the beginning. I was very shocked,” he remembers. When he arrived at the program for the first recordings, his condition worsened and he went to the ICU. “But I know that he died at the height of his pride, because I was able to see that I finished and fulfilled my dream, which was always supported,” he said. When asked about the plans behind the show, Rafael only wants to take a break before returning to work and reaping the laurels of international recognition.