Ashley Nell Tipton

The “Project Runway” Winner Designing for Body Inclusivity

You may know her as the winner of Project Runway Season 14, but Ashley Nell Tipton considers herself first and foremost a body-positive activist. As such, she’s used her victory as a launchpad to become a champion of plus-size women. Her namesake company is known for creating modern styles in inclusive sizing.

When did you realize what you wanted to do in your life?

“As soon as my grandmother put me behind a sewing machine, I knew right then that this would be how I would harness my creative energy and make a difference.”

What is your biggest accomplishment to date?

“Personally, achieving balance with my body and mind. Professionally, starting my own online apparel business and watching it grow.”

What’s something you’d like people to know about you or your job that they probably don’t?

“I approach my craft as an innovator/inventor. I am a DIY engineer, constantly rethinking fit, comfort and support in ways that are innovative and viable.”

What does being a woman mean to you today?

“Being a boss. Sticking to my beliefs and realizing I am not less than anyone.”

Snack food you can’t live without?

“Watermelon and Tajín Mexico.”

Whom do you admire more than anyone else?

“RuPaul and Frieda: the embodiment of self-expression and freedom.”

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