Wendy Pepper, who was a contestant on the primary season of “Project Runway,” died on Sunday.
She was 53.
The designer, whose actual identify was Anne Eustis Pepper Stewart, got here in third place on the style actuality sequence again in 2004 and debuted her personal line in 2006.
The Dayton, Ohio, native appeared on “Project Runway All Stars,” which aired in 2012 and 2013, as nicely on two different actuality TV exhibits on Bravo, together with “Celebrity Poker Showdown” and “Battle of the Network Reality Stars.”
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In addition to working as a designer, Pepper was additionally a chef, author and “life-long entrepreneur,” her obituary in The Washington Post learn.
It is unclear how Pepper handed away. Her obituary within the Washington Post mentioned she is survived by her daughter, dad and mom, sister and two brothers.
Countless “Runway” followers took to Twitter to mourn the lack of Pepper, who they famous was a part of the influential season that put the present on the map for a number of seasons to come back.
“‘If you really want to succeed, you’ve gotta be willing to throw yourself into the arena,'” one social media consumer wrote, showing to cite the fact present alum. “#wendypepper you will be remembered for being a talented designer and a witty and humorous lady and mother.”
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Pepper’s loss of life comes only one month after fellow “Project Runway” alum Mychael Knight died at 39. Knight, who competed on the third season of the sequence, died after being checked right into a Georgia hospital with intestinal points.
“Project Runway” simply aired the season finale of its 16th season on Thursday evening.
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