'This is the biggest opportunity of my life,' said fashion designer Rinat Brodach. 'This is the biggest opportunity of my life,' said fashion designer Rinat Brodach. 'This is the biggest opportunity of my life,' said fashion designer Rinat Brodach. (Photo: Courtesy Amazon)

Israeli designer reflects on experience of a lifetime on Heidi Klum show

'The prizes I won have more value than winning a million dollars,' said Rinat Brodach. 'I'm just so grateful.'

It was a good news-bad news type of weekend for Rinat Brodach. The Israeli fashion designer was one of 12 contestants competing for the $1 million prize on the new competition show "Making the Cut" hosted by Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn. In the first of two episodes that aired this weekend on Amazon Prime, the designers were flown to Tokyo to come up with new designs for a streetwear look. She took a risk and stepped out of her comfort zone – trying new colors and styles. That bet paid off: She won the episode.

But then came the next episode, which didn't go as well. Brodach was eliminated from the show. She came in sixth place. "I'm leaving all this as a winner," she told From The Grapevine when we reached her by phone at her New York apartment. "I've evolved so much. The prizes I won have more value than winning a million dollars. I know that I'm going to make a million on my own. I'm just so grateful that I was chosen from 7,000 designers from all over the world to be a part of this and have a global stage. I feel great."

She said she's received hundreds of messages of support since being knocked off the show. "It's just so humbling."

Brodach, like most everyone else, is sheltered in place at home now. "I love my alone time," she told us. "But at the same time, I'm a very social person. I work with people all the time." She is using this time to create a new line for her eponymous fashion label, which she hopes to show the world once public life begins to reanimate.

'Making the Cut' took Brodach and her fellow contestants to three continents. 'Making the Cut' took Brodach and her fellow contestants to three continents. (Photo: Courtesy Amazon)

As the winner of an episode, Brodach's streetwear designs are available for purchase on Amazon. They sold out in a matter of days. She hopes they will restock the clothes soon and is fully aware that Amazon is so integral to people's daily lives while in quarantine. "I get my groceries from Amazon if I don't want to leave the house."

The past year has been a whirlwind for the native of the Israeli city of Beersheva. In 2019, she found out she was chosen to be on the show on her birthday, May 22. This year, when she turns 36, she's hoping for something a little more practical. "Hopefully, we'll be out of this lockdown because I don't want to spend my birthday by myself."

Asked what advice she would give to others hoping to follow in her footsteps, she's quick with a reply. "Never lose faith in yourself. Know who you are. Regardless if you get bad critiques, take the good and bad from it and make it your own, and move on. There's no time to lick wounds and feel sorry for yourself. It's all about moving on. I had a great experience. I learned so much from it."

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Israeli designer reflects on experience of a lifetime on Heidi Klum show
'The prizes I won have more value than winning a million dollars,' said Rinat Brodach. 'I'm just so grateful.'