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Project Runway contestant Ashley Tipton wants to see a major change in the plus-size fashion industry.

 "I feel like there's not enough clothing out there to show our personality, and just to be comfortable and to be fashion-forward and to be a trendsetter," the designer, 24, tells PEOPLE. "There are a lot of clothes out there for the straight-size woman to be able to show that, but in the plus-size industry, I don't feel like it's there just yet."

 Tipton – who is the first designer to appear on the show that specializes in plus-size apparel – was actually inspired to pursue her dreams by all the bullies who told her she'd never succeed at anything.

Read more about Ashley Tipton in her interview with PEOPLE.

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