Maya Ramirez probably never has to worry about what to wear! The fourteen-year-old designer recently won the first ever Project Runway Junior. Project Runway Junior is a fashion design competitions show for kids, and Maya beat out eleven other kids to win the title. At just fourteen, she was also the youngest designer on the show.
Maya showed her skill all through the show. She won the red carpet challenge with Peytie, when they designed and sewed a gown for the red carpet in just five hours. Then she won the Outfit of the Day challenge. In that challenge, the competitors had to find someone on the street of New York City to be their muse (idea-maker). Maya wowed the judges with her take on office wear in this challenge. She made a cool tank top and vest, and a great leather skirt with grommets!
For the final runway challenge, Maya competed against Peytie (who she had tied with twice!), Samantha and Zachary. They all showed a collection at fashion week in New York. Maya’s theme for her collection was “warrior in a field of flowers,” and it won over the judges. Her blend of yellow, floral prints and black leather earned her first place, and she also won a full scholarship to the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in California, a complete home sewing and crafting studio, a feature in Seventeen Magazine and $25,000 in cash!
Maya says she taught herself to sew when she was in third grade. Neither of her parents sew, so she learned by watching You Tube videos. She also took Tim Gunn’s advice, and learned from him and the other competitors. In fact, Maya says one of the best things about being on Project Runway Junior was getting to be around designers, and that they all still keep in touch now. “It was beyond cool to be around other people who have the same passion as I do,” Maya says, “and I think that made us all have a really close bond.”