Michelle Obama's project will support her Let Girls Learn initiative

By Tierney McAfee
Updated September 10, 2015 02:05 PM
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The First Lady has a new project – Project Runway Junior!

Michelle Obama is set to appear on the teenage spinoff of Lifetime’s hit fashion designer competition show.

The new series features 12 fashionistas, ages 13 to 17, who will create designs based on weekly challenges as they compete for a full scholarship to California’s Fashion Institute of Design and Marketing, $25,000 to help launch their line, and other prizes, Variety reports.

The First Lady, a fashion icon in her own right, fits neatly into this equation as her project will support her Let Girls Learn initiative for the 62 million girls worldwide who are not in school.

Obama’s challenge, which she will present on the Dec. 10 episode, calls on contestants to create a design that will be used and sold on LandsEnd.com.

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Obama isn’t the only big name the show has scored. The star-studded judging panel includes Kelly Osbourne, Project Runway season 4 winner Christian Siriano and Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazine executive fashion editor Aya Kanai, as well as guest judge Bella Thorne, who will appear in the final challenge episode on Feb. 4. Project Runway vet Tim Gunn will act as a mentor and cohost of the show, alongside supermodel Hannah Davis.

Project Runway Junior premieres Nov. 12 on Lifetime.