Star of reality TV show Project Runway, Santino Rice

What is your current state of mind?
In great spirits, as this is the first time I’m in Singapore and I truly love the culture here.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Luckily, I’ve always known that I wanted to be a designer. I’m also inspired a lot by music as well, but no, I’ve never wanted to be a full-time musician.
What is your biggest achievement?
Being able to do what I want to do day to day. I’m the master of my own fate!
What inspires you?
God. Music. I feel like I’m a part of His creative subconscious…and have the psychic ability to know what’s going to happen to me next. You always want to outdo your last efforts. I want to be a conduit for a bigger message and achieve something from a higher place.
What personal trait do you appreciate the most in others?
Honesty. Loyalty.
Do you have a cause or do you support one?
If you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for anything. Which is why I believe in the freedom of speech, especially in relation to issues like war.
Which living person do you admire most and would like to invite for dinner?
A lot actually. But I really admire Oprah Winfrey. She’s really an affectionate person who’s created an enterprise for herself and does good things with her money.
What are you reading?
A lot of things, but I sleep with fashion magazines.
How do you spend your Sunday mornings?
Going over my to-do list. I like to reflect by the end of each week what I’ve done and achieve. I read The New York Times. I go over my long-term goals.
What is your idea of hell?
Not being able to transcend a situation, whether it’s physical or inflicted on you by other people.
What is your guilty pleasure?
I like expensive toiletries and nice candles, things that I don’t necessarily need.
How do you recharge?
Reflecting on my to-do list.
What’s playing in your iPod/MP3/CD player?
Regina Spektor, ELO, Spank Rock.
What do you collect?
Records. Collectible books.
Where would you like to live?
LA, where I am.
What is your favorite item of clothing?
Probably the pants that I made for myself.
What accessory sets you apart?
I’m a man of many hats.
What about you that scares others?
My size before they know me.
If you had to play a character in a movie, which movie and which character?
Jimmy Stewart’s character in It’s a Wonderful Life.
What did you believe at 18 that you wish you still believed now?
That people will treat me in the same way that I treat myself. It’s unfortunate that that doesn’t happen very often.