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Military veteran, Milwaukee resident to be contestant on Project Runway

Published On: Jul 09 2013 05:36:19 PM CDT

Miranda Levy

MILWAUKEE, Wis. -

A Milwaukee designer and military veteran will be a contestant on Season 12 of "Project Runway," according to a release.

Miranda Kay Levy will compete against 15 other designers, including another Milwaukee designer Timothy Westbrook, for a prize package worth more than a half million dollars, according to the release.

Levy’s designs have been showcased on the cover of M Magazine and Info Magazine, according to the release. Levy has held positions as a curator for Tenth Street Gallery, adjunct professor at The Art Institute of Milwaukee and color specialist for Kohl’s Department Stores.

Levy spent eight years in the U.S. Army as an equipment mechanic, a path she chose due to their reluctance to hire a woman for the position, according to the release.

Levy returned to Wisconsin after active duty to attend the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography and fibers, according to the release.

The death of Levy’s youngest brother pushed her to focus on her dream of being a fashion designer and ultimately showing in New York City, according to the release.

Through her opportunity of "Project Runway," Levy wants to present an inspiring message to women in the military and other aspiring fashion designers by sharing her unique story and exciting path to success, according to the release.

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