Long Island's own Jillian Lewis, who grew up in Selden, is among the 15 contestants.
Newsday fashion writer, Anne Bratskeir, supplies some background info on the rising designer:
The fashion bug bit her hard in the late '90s, when big, wide-legged pants
were making a splash on the high fashion scene but not sold in stores on Long Island. She did what any hardcore fashionista would: She made them. "People were really responding to what I was wearing, so I stopped dancing and turned my attention to designing." She became so focused on her own small manufacturing business, making silk-screened warm-up pants for $35 a pair, that, she says, "My boyfriend broke up with me, my friends stopped calling. I underestimated the time it would take.
Read the full article on Jillian Lewis. And tune in Wednesday to root for your hometown girl.