One Of The Very First “Project Runway” Stars Has Died

The cause of death is still unknown.

Wendy Pepper, a fan favorite on the first season of Project Runway, has passed away at 53, Reality Blurred reports.

The Virginia fashion designer, whose real name was Anne Eustis Pepper Stewart, “died peacefully” November 12 in Washington, D.C., “surrounded by her loving family,” according to her obituary, but no cause of death was given.

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“She was an artist who proudly forged her own path in life,” the obituary reads, adding that she “was a chef, a writer, and a life-long entrepreneur. Her wit and humor were unmatched, as was her generosity of spirit.” She is survived by her parents, three brothers, sister, and daughter.

After placing in the top three on Project Runway’s inaugural season, which premiered in 2004 on Bravo, Pepper, who had been portrayed as a villainess, returned in 2012 to compete on the second season of Lifetime’s Project Runway All Stars.

Mychael Knight, a contestant on Project Runway season 3 and the third season of All Stars, died last month at the age of 39.

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