Designer Wins $20,000 in Chicago Reality Show

Tonya Pierce crowned winner of 'So You Wanna be a Designer!'

By Marcus Riley
|  Friday, May 13, 2011  |  Updated 5:15 PM CDT
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A Chicago designer has a nice little nest egg to help get her career going.

Tonya Pierce won the "So You Wanna be a Designer" Thursday night at the Kenmore Live Studio.

Over a period of eight weeks, six contestants battled against each other in a series of challenges such as repurposing t-shirts into dresses to creating unconventional wedding dresses.

Pierce, a graduate of the International Academy of Design & Technology, was crowned the winner by a rotating cast of judges connected to the design industry.

Her winning design was a black leather and sheer pant suit made for the runway.

The show was hosted weekly at the live River North studio and streamed live on Facebook.

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