Either you’re in or you’re out and Ayna Ayoung-Chee was in as she took the top prize as the winner of season 9 Project Runway.
The 29-year-old Trinidad and Tobago native/beauty queen beat out fellow designers Victor Luna, Josh McKinley and Kimberly Goldson.
For the finale, fashion designer L’Wren Scott joined Heidi Klum, Michael Kors and Nina Garcia on the judging panel at Lincoln Center as the finalists showed their ten piece collections as part of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City. Anya’s collection (‘Tobago Love) was inspired by her life in Trinidad with her parents and dedicated to her brother Pilau, who passed away and who encouraged her to pursue her dreams to be a designer.
“What an absolute dream come true!” she said following her win. “It’s a turning point in my life and I will never, ever be able to forget this moment!”
Her winnings consist of $100,000 from L’Oréal Paris, an editorial feature in Marie Claire magazine, a $50,000 technology suite and the opportunity to sell her line on Piperlime.com.
She came a long way from only knowing how to sew four months prior to casting, I bet Josh is pissssssssed! Congrats Anya!!!!