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Marie Claire’s fashion director Nina Garcia established herself as a fashion expert by serving as a judge on the television show Project Runway for all seven seasons.
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"I never wanted to be famous," Garcia says. However, when Elle publisher Carol Smith devised the idea for a reality TV show to boost the magazine's popularity, Garcia was thrust into the national spotlight. In 2004, she was tapped to serve as a judge on Bravo's Project Runway, a show that pits aspiring fashion designers against each other in a competition for $100,000 to start a fashion line. The show became a sleeper hit,
garnering popular and critical acclaim and receiving an Emmy nomination for outstanding competitive reality series. Garcia became a staple of Project Runway, serving as a judge on all seven seasons. The show, in turn, established Garcia as a fashion authority, and the editor soon began making appearances on The View and the Today show as a fashion expert.
In addition to her work in journalism and television, Garcia has authored three books on fashion. Her first book, The Little Black Book of Style, received critical acclaim from the fashion industry and appeared on the New York Times bestseller list in 2007. She has since written The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own (2008) and The Style Strategy: A Less-Is-More Approach to Staying Chic and Shopping Smart (2009). Her fourth book, Nina Garcia's Look Book: What to Wear for Every Occasion, will be released in August 2010.
Garcia left Elle in 2008 to take up the post of fashion director at Marie Claire magazine. She oversees all fashion coverage for the magazine and covers the designer fashion markets in New York, Paris, and Milan. She is married to David Conrad and gave birth to a son, Lucas Alexander Conrad, on March 24, 2007.
Garcia says that her job as a fashion writer is to transform women's style, and by transforming their style, to give women the confidence to transform their lives. Her goal, Garcia writes, "is to inspire you and make style fun. And if it changes your life along the way, well, don't say I never did anything for you."
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