Dzmitry Sholakhau, a Belarus-born designer, became the champion of the 10th season of Project Runway, an American reality television series, hosted by German model Heidi Klum. The winner walked away with $100,000 from L’Oreal Paris to launch his own label, a fashion spread in Marie Claire and a 2013 Lexus.
In the course of each season the contestants compete with each other to create the best clothes and are restricted in time, materials and theme. Their designs are judged, and one or more designers are eliminated each week. The ultimate winner is selected by the judges, and receives $100,000 to start his or her own design line.
According to CBS site, American stars marked Sholakhau’s design very high. Heidi Klum took half of his final collection for herself; guest judge Jennifer Hudson told him: “It’s rich, honey!”
According to 33-year Sholakhau, he knew he would become a designer at the age of 10. “I have always known who I am and what I really want,” he confessed. When he was 18 he left his native town of Novopolotsk and a bit later moved to the USA. There Dzmitry worked for Calvin Clein, Jones New York, J. Mendel, etc.
Talents should not be buried
Some weeks ago it became known that Belarusian students Kiryl Chykeyuk and Artsiom Stavenka won ₤ 90.000 participating in BBC television show “Dragons’ Den”.
Zhenya Litvinkovich, a singer from Zhodzina, came through to the final of Ukrainian X-Factor. In addition, Mahiliou girls-band Beatris’ members who had to perform only in small agricultural settlements in Belarus have recently earned fame in the neighbouring country.
In 2011 Henadz Loska, a Belarus-born musician, won the first season of Polish X-factor.
For some reason or other all of them did not manage to realise their potential at home.