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Ashley Nell Tipton Is The First "Project Runway" Winner To Win With A Plus-Size Collection

The 24-year-old proves that fashion designers can make great clothes for women size 14 and up.

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In last night's finale, the 24-year-old (that's right, 24-year-old) won Season 14. Which isn't a surprise, if you saw the designs that were suspected to be hers during New York Fashion Week.

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Tipton beat out fellow contestants Edmond Newton, Candice Cuoco, and Kelly Dempsey.

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Growing up, Tipton couldn't find clothing she liked in her size — so she started designing and making clothes with the help of her grandmother, who taught her how to sew. She applied to be on Project Runway after her grandmother's death.

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"[My grandma] always asked me why I've never applied for the show," Tipton said in her Project Runway audition tape. "I want to make her proud, no matter where she's at now."

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But she had a notoriously rocky time on the show, most notably during a group challenge when, despite having won multiple previous challenges, she was picked last to collaborate with fellow designers.

But last night, her romantic designs inspired by 1950s-era Mexico City proved that the show should probably consider casting more talent that designs for women size 14 and up.

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