Wendy Pepper, a woman who competed in the very first season of Project Runway, died earlier this week at age 53.
According to eonline, the reality tv star was also a Washington D.C. area-based artist whose real name was Anne Eustis Pepper Stewart. She passed away peacefully on Sunday surrounded by her family and friends, according to the Washington Post.
At this time, the cause of her death hasn't yet been revealed.
Eonline writes that Pepper is survived by her daughter Finley, her parents, three brothers, a sister, and some nieces and nephews. She competed in the first season of the reality show in 2004. During this first-ever season of the television show, she placed third. Soon thereafter, she appeared in the second season of Project Runway All Stars, which aired in 2012 and 2013.
According to the Washington Post, Pepper was raised in Washington and was a graduate of the Potomac School, the Madeira School, and then the University of Washington. She had a profound passion for art and forged her own path in life. She designed and hand-sewed beautiful clothes for both her children and for other adults.
Aside from artwork and appearing on reality TV, she was also a chef, a writer, and an entrepreneur. Legacy.com writes that she was a woman of wit and humor, which was unmatched by very many people. She also had a generous spirit that others admired.
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