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Meet The Amazing Plus Size Designer Joining The Cast of This Season’s Project Runway

The upcoming season of Project Runway is the season Tim Gunn has been dreaming of.

Not only did his wish for more model size diversity on the show become true but this season may be a major step in showing the fashion industry that fashion shouldn’t stop at a size 4.

He told USA Today of the work we will see from designers this season while using models sizes 0-22:

“The work was the best it had ever been. They learned something that is so beneficial to their future, and that’s invaluable.”

What hasn’t really been talked about is that there’s another plus size fashion designer in the cast this season.

We met Kenya Freeman when I was personally sitting across from her during breakfast at the recent TCF Style Expo in Atlanta. I’ll admit that we didn’t talk much but the woman sitting next to her spoke volumes on Freeman’s talents by simply wearing a dress designed by her.

The woman wearing Freeman’s dress was Juanita Davis from General Motors, representing Chevrolet at the event, who was a stage sponsor. The dress had everyone swooning and wondering who was the designer of this stunning creation.

The dress was from Freeman’s Sylvia Mollie brand, based in Atlanta. I immediately wanted to know more and since I did not get to see her at the expo since it was very crowded, I stalked her Instagram and website. And I was not disappointed.

If you want to see stunning red-carpet ready fashion, you must check out her Instagram here. Freeman is no stranger to dressing celebrities and after looking at all the images, I was left wondering why I had not heard of her before? Better late than ever, right?

Freeman has over 15 years of designing/sewing experience and from what we have seen, she is not afraid to design for all sizes.

The 37-year-old designer told Atlanta Journal & Constitution that she loved the idea of using models sizes 0-22:

“I actually loved it! Of course, we were super shocked to have plus-size models. Me, I was excited. Being a woman of size, I said, ‘Bring it on!’”

She went full-time on her fashion designing dream in 2014 and now she’s on Project Runway, which she describes as a “magical experience”:

“It’s a magical experience thinking how many people would love to have been there. Overall, I’m grateful for the experience. It was very trying on my soul.”

The new season of Project Runway airs tomorrow night (8/17) on Lifetime. And we can’t wait to see Freeman and how well she does this season.

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