Though not a contestant on the show, Church member Tristen Seal was one of eight Project Runway fans to win a makeover on the hit fashion design competition—and she became a powerful example of modesty in the process.
Seal was paired with designer Justin LeBlanc. When he asked her what she would like in an outfit, she immediately requested a knee-length dress with a modest neckline and sleeves, explaining, “I am [Latter-day Saint], so modesty is important to me.”
Many designers would have balked at such “limitations,” but LeBlanc respectfully obliged. And instead of criticizing the design for not being “sexy” or “modern,” the judges loved the dress. Zac Posen, a well-known designer who serves as a judge on the show, praised, “I applaud you. You made a personal, beautiful black dress, and Tristen is glowing.”