FLOTUS will appear in a video during the Dec. 10 episode of the show to let viewers know that the Lands’ End initiative will benefit Let Girls Learn, a government-wide initiative aimed at the 62 million girls around the world who are not currently in school. The effort, which includes a tie-in to the Peace Corps, strives to help teenage girls go to and stay in school.
Ranging in age from 14 to 17, “Project Runway Junior’s” 12 contestants will be vying for the chance to design an item that will be sold via Lands’ End’s Web site. This season’s winner will go home with a scholarship to the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles, a Brother-provided work studio, a Seventeen magazine feature and a $25,000 cash prize to help launch their collection.
The First Lady has traveled around the globe to promote Let Girls Learn as well as other initiatives that help groom motivated, well-educated and healthy children. In addition to her Let’s Move and Let’s Read initiatives, she helped host the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge earlier this year.
When the “Project Runway Junior” competition first airs Nov. 12, Tim Gunn, Hanna Davis, Kelly Osbourne, Christian Siriano and Cosmopolitan’s and Seventeen’s executive fashion editor Aya Kanai will judge the contestants. Actress Bella Thorne has signed on as a guest judge for the finale.
“Project Runway Junior” is being produced by The Weinstein Company, Sara Rea Productions and Full Picture.