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Posen praises reality TV's influence on fashion industry

New 'Project Runway' judge commends show's entrepreneurial spirit


"Project Runway" judge Zac Posen has commended fashion reality shows for inspiring designer hopefuls to become entrepreneurs.

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The designer will make his debut as a permanent judge on the panel, replacing veteran judge Michael Kors for the 11th season. And with many of the series' alum making their marks on the fashion industry, Posen tells TV Guide shows such as "Project Runway" are impacting much more than the world of reality television.

"They're in their own category, called 'fashion-tainment,' " he said. "I think that on a very large public scale, they promote creative people to be entrepreneurial. Not only does it create excitement for the industry, but it invigorates people to know that they can be an artist in the world, and take their passion and imagination to build a business ... It's just the beginning of how the fashion industry continues to expand. It's an exciting new frontier."

The first ever teams edition of "Project Runway" kicks off on Thursday.

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