DtarAs the editor-in-chief of “Elle” magazine, Nina Garcia is one of the most powerful women in the fashion world. She is also the longest-running judge on Bravo’s TV competition series “Project Runway.”
This year, the Colombian-American fashion journalist will add another season to her record on the Emmy Award-winning show, as she will return as a judge for the show’s 19th season, to be produced this spring in New York City.
Garcia has been judging on the show since it launched in 2004. She also served as a consulting producer two years ago.
Born in Barranquilla, Colombia, Garcia moved to the United States at age 15. She studied at Boston University, Paris’s École Supérieure de la Mode and New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, earning a bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising from the latter in 1992.
Her entry into the fashion industry was in the first half of the 1980s, working in public relations for Perry Ellis and its then-designer Marc Jacobs. She later joined the publishing world, working for magazines “Mirabella” and “Marie Claire.” Garcia has been at the helm of “Elle” since 2017, where she held other editorial positions in the 2000s.
Her fashion credentials have led Garcia to be a style expert on TV shows like “Today,” “Good Morning America,” “The View” and on CNN, as well as a celebrity red carpet correspondent for ABC’s Oscar telecast. In addition, she has been featured in other shows like Lisa Kudrow’s “Web Therapy” and “Ugly Betty.”
Throughout her career, Garcia has been the recipient of various prizes, including the Fashion Group International’s Oracle Award, the Hispanic Federation’s Individual Achievement Award, the Oliver Scholars’ Program Champion of Educational Excellence Award and “The Daily’s” Magazine of the Year Award.
Brandon Maxwell, Elaine Welteroth and Christian Siriano are Garcia’s fellow judges in “Project Runway,” with the latter also serving as executive producer. Supermodel Karlie Kloss will make guest appearances.
Alfred Street Industries and Spyglass Media Group produce “Project Runway.” Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz, Nan Strait, Dan Volpe and Meri Haitkin serve as executive producers for Alfred Street Industries. Fremantle distributes the show worldwide.
Ana Garcia Gets Another Season on ‘Project Runway’ first appeared on LatinHeat Entertainment.
(Edited by Gabriela Alejandra Olmos and Kristen Butler)