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She doesn't seem to be terribly concerned, telling the Sun-Times that she didn't know who Richie is, but "loves her father's songs."
Look for Ping, who has done model work in the past, to shake things up on the premier by trying on her own designs instead of using a dummy, an approach she always uses in her work, the Sun-Times reported.
Ping, who left China at 17, studied design at a Milan, Italy school for a few months, but says she has less formal training than most designers.
If Ping wins the grand prize on the show, she'll walk away with $100,000 and $50,000 worth of technology equipment.
"Project Runway" airs Thursday nights at 9 p.m. on Lifetime.