“I was over-the-moon,” Tipton tells PEOPLE of her win. “Everything that I’ve gone through has gotten me here, and all my hard work has paid off.”
Since the show ended, the San Diego native has “given a facelift” to her brand with a redesigned logo and website, and is in the process of shopping her line to department stores, agencies and investors.
“We’ve been busy!” she says.
Ultimately, Tipton hopes to launch a global brand.
“I want it to be in reach for every plus-size woman out there,” she says. “Sky’s the limit. I don’t have a vision, because I want to do everything that I can.”
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Tipton plans on continuing to create ready-to-wear fashion, as well as the occasional one-of-a-kind piece.
“I love to create clothing for the everyday woman,” she says. “I get joy out of that because it’s something that we need in this industry.”
She hopes to one day expand her line to include plus-size bridal wear.
“Bridal wear has always been a passion of mine,” says Tipton. “I’m never going to limit myself.”
While Tipton works on officially launching her brand, she hopes she has already made an impact by bringing the need for more innovative plus-size fashion to a level of national awareness though Project Runway.
“I hope that we’re putting plus-size on the map,” she says. “It opens everybody’s eyes. This is something that we’ve always needed.”