A Minnesota teen's unique clothing designs got her on the new season of Project Runway Junior.
Hawwaa Ibrahim decided to be a fashion designer when she became bored of everyone's clothes in her hometown of Mankato, admitting in a teaser video (watch it below): "Minnesota is OK, but it's boring."
Her passion brought her to the second season of Project Runway Junior (a spinoff of Project Runway), where she'll be competing against 11 other contestants – ages 13 to 17 – for a $25,000 grand prize, a sewing and design studio, as well as a scholarship to a fashion and design school and a feature in Seventeen Magazine.
Ibrahim, who is a senior at Mankato West High School, told the Mankato Free Press that her mother bought her a sewing machine at age 12 and was also the one to sign her up for the competition – knowing she loved the show.
"I think fashion means you can be whoever you want to be, no matter what anyone says," Ibrahim said in the teaser for the show. "And I'm ready to show the world who I am."
She'll also be representing her Muslim faith, which she says "people get confused by," namely, her headscarf.
Season two of Project Runway Junior filmed in New York City last summer, and will air on the Lifetime Channel starting Thursday at 9 p.m. You can follow Ibrahim Twitter and her blog as she competes on the show.
For more on Ibrahim, check out the YouTube video below. She talks about the friends she's met on the show.