Ashley Nell Tipton from "Project Runway 2015" is one of the contestants in Season 14 of the Lifetime reality fashion design competition series. She is a 23-year-old designer from San Diego, California.

Starting at the age of 7, Ashley Tipton fell in love with design. After receiving her Fashion Design and Technology Degree from Fashion Careers College, Ashley began her work as a designer and noticed a lack of style in what was being produced for plus-size girls. Hoping to uplift and inspire all of the bigger women out there, her flirty, menswear-inspired looks are both flattering and fashion-forward.

Why will she win? Ashley brings a point of view that "Project Runway" has never seen before. She refuses to be hemmed in by what the world thinks they ought to wear. Ashley is well versed in both the straight and plus-sized industries.

Ashley's favorite designers are Awake, Victor and Rolf, Marc Jacobs, Jeffery Scott, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, and Christian Doir, while her style icons are Kelly Osbourne, Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, Gsbi Feah, Azalea Banks, Lupita Nyong'o, Janelle Monae, and Beth Ditto. Ashely's favorite past "Project Runway" designer is Mondo Guerra.

Here is an interview with Ashley:

When did you realize you had designer potential?

When I debuted my first plus sized collection in college.

Have you won any awards for your designs?

I won Best Newcomer Designer of 2012 by blogger Marie Denee, Curvy Fashionista.

Strengths as a designer? 

Sewing construction, thinking outside of the box and problem solving.

Weaknesses as a designer?

Over-thinking ideas.

Biggest fear as a designer?

When my sewing machine starts acting up on me or stops working.

How did you end up auditioning for "Project Runway"? 

Two days after my grandmother passed away, I received an email from the casting of "Project Runway" informing me that auditions were open. I then felt after losing my grandmother, I had nothing else to lose. So, I took the chance and here I am!

Challenge you wish they'd bring back?

Unconventional challenges using candies and the Rainway.

Challenge you hope they don't?

Kids wear.

What's your take on team challenges?

I like team challenges because you can actually bounce ideas off of each other in hopes that the team equal each other out creative-wise.

Do you think you can win "Project Runway"?

Of course! Certainly! Absolutely! Unlike most designers, I'm well-rounded by being educated in both straight and plus sized industries. I have the talent, vision and passion and I can't see myself doing anything else. I want to be America's best plus-sized designer.

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Where does she live? Find out here.

Age: ∼25 years old
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Current Residence: San Diego, CA

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