Nina is not only a juror on ‘Project Runway’, this Colombian beauty is a woman of many talents
From cooking to crafting, there is no shortage of reality competition shows on our TV. One of these competitive shows is ‘Project Runway’, where a group of aspiring fashion designers compete to design and create the trendiest outfit in a limited time frame and resource. These budding designers are then judged by a jury made up of designers and top names in the fashion industry. One of these judges is none other than Nina Garcia.
Since ‘Project Runway’ first debuted on the small screen on Bravo in 2004, this brunette beauty has retained her position as a judge on the fashion reality show. With her insightful feedback and constructive criticism, Nina has become an integral part of the successful Bravo show. Not only is Nina a judge on Project Runway, this Colombian beauty is a woman of many talents which explains how she managed to amass an impressive $ 3 million fortune! But Nina’s way up wasn’t child’s play. Read on to find out all about Nina’s career and net worth.
Ninotschka “Nina” García was born in May 1965 in Barranquilla, Colombia. She was born into a wealthy family and moved to the United States when she was only 15. Although Nina has spent most of her life in the United States, she has not forgotten her roots and is very proud of her Colombian heritage. “I grew up in Barranquilla, Colombia, the country of Shakira and Sofia Vergara. We all come from the same city,” she shared in an interview with Glamor Fame.
Nina became interested in fashion from an early age. The outlet also shared how Nina named her mother Cecilia de García as an inspiration for a career in the fashion industry. “My mom piqued my interest in fashion and inspired me to work in the industry. She was always very careful about how she was composed. She wasn’t a size two or four, but rather a size 14. My mom really hugged her many curves. She knew how to dress her body and was very proud of it. “
Nina graduated from Boston University in 1987. Still inquisitive, Nina enrolled at the Ecole Superieure de la Mode in France and obtained a second BA at the Fashion Institute of Technology in 1992. She started her career with an internship in the public relations department of the fashion designers Perry Ellis and Marc Jacobs. After her internship, Nina turned her focus to fashion magazines.
She got her first job as a stylist and market editor for Mirabella before moving to Elle Magazine. In 2000, Nina was appointed Elle’s Fashion Director and held that position until 2008. During that time in 2004, she also became a judge on Project Runway. In April 2008, reports of Nina’s dismissal from her job at Elle began making rounds. Neither the magazine giant nor Nina have ever made a statement on this. From 2008 to 2012, Nina was Marie Claire’s Fashion Director. In 2012 she was promoted to Creative Director. In 2017 she returned to Elle as Editor-in-Chief.
Nina’s net worth was estimated at a cool $ 3 million by Celebrity Net Worth. In addition to her work at Project Runway and the magazine industry, Nina has several other sources of income. She is the author of four bestselling books – “The Little Black Book of Style” published in 2007, “The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own” in 2008, “The Style Strategy” in 2009 and “Lookbook” in 2010.
In addition to ‘Project Runway’, her other notable television appearances include hosting the red carpet for ABC’s Oscar television show and serving as a style expert on programs such as ‘Good Morning America’, ‘The View’, etc. Nina is married to David Lucas Conrod, CEO of the Focus Point Private Capital Group. The couple have two sons together.
“Project Runway” Season 19 will premiere on October 14, 2021 only on Bravo.