This Latina’s Abuelita Encouraged Her to Compete on ‘Project Runway’ and She Won

Say hello to Ashley Nell Tipton.

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The San Diego native is the season 14 winner of Project Runway.

Ashley is the first Project Runway winner to focus on creating plus-size clothing.

Get it, girl!

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Ashley’s greatest inspiration is her abuela, who taught her to sew when she was just 7 years old.


Just two days before her audition for Project Runway, Ashley’s abuela died.

Your abuelita would be so proud of you right now, Ashley.

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Don’t mind me. I think I have something in my eye. And now it’s in my other eye.

With the memory of her abuela and determination to change the idea of beauty on Project Runway, Ashley was off to compete.

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When the competition got tough, she remembered her abuela and how much she believed in her.

Ashley’s whole family played a role in supporting her through this journey.

And let’s face it, with an awesome Latino family like this, it’s hard to lose.

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