‘Project Runway’ Crowns Season 14 Winner, Social Media Explodes

“Wow. I’ve never been this disappointed in #ProjectRunway,” one viewer writes

Last Updated: November 8, 2015 @ 8:42 AM

(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you haven’t watched Thursday’s episode of “Project Runway”)

Another aspiring designer became a member of fashion’s in-crowd Thursday night when “Project Runway” crowned its Season 14 winner.

It came down to contestants Kelly Dempsey, Edmond Newton, Candice Cuoco and Ashley Tipton creating a Fashion Week collection for a chance to win the top prize on the Lifetime reality show.

Ultimately, it was Tipton’s plus-size designs that ruled the catwalk and were deemed the best by judges Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia and Zac Posen along with mentor Tim Gunn. Country music star and “American Idol” winner Carrie Underwood appeared as guest judge.

“I would describe my style as having fun and being funky, showing your personality through your clothing and having fun with it,” 24-year-old Tipton from San Diego, California, told E! News before the finale aired.

While many people on social media commended the show for taking a stance against stereotypical stick-thin models by naming a winner who specializes in plus-size designs, some thought the judges crowned the wrong designer for the sake of choosing size over style.

“These judges tell the designers not to play it safe and explore, and when they do, the one who doesn’t try anything new wins,” one outraged Twitter user wrote.

“When #ProjectRunway is just trying to be politically correct, rather than basing the win off of talent. #bye,” wrote another.

That was just the start. See the tweets below.