Kimberley Newport-Mimran — the President and Head Designer of Pink Tartan — takes femininity to new extremes, rocking the runway each season.

Growing up in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Newport-Mimran was, and still is, inspired by her grandmother for all of her collections. At the age of 14, Newport-Mimran took her first steps into the fashion scene. Working as a retail sales associate, she quickly became interested in the business of fashion. Wanting to make fashion her career, Newport-Mimran found herself moving to the city of Toronto, studying Fashion Merchandising and Manufacturing Management at George Brown College.

Initially, in any business, being aware of every aspect in your field of work is crucial. Newport- Mimran has a strong knowledge of buying, merchandising and designing. This triple threat has captured the hearts of many with her humble personality and flirty yet edgy style. Newport-Mimran is a woman of power, conquering all aspects of her career. Furthermore, she has a good head on her shoulders and is disciplined in her work.

For this Canadian fashion designer, less is more when it comes to the looks she shows on the runway. From polyester to wool, Newport-Mimran can turn any fabric into wearable yet modern pieces for women. Although her styles may be simplistic, her designs are always consistent and classy. One risk Newport-Mimran takes is mixing and matching fabrics. She embellishes unlikely fabric combinations such as lace and leather with bright feathers, bold metallics and bright accessories. She embellishes with feathers, bold metallics and bright accessories. The use of different materials creates definition in her clothing and captures the attention of other fashion designers worldwide.

Not only is Newport-Mimran a role model to many, she is also family-oriented and comes from humble beginnings. She is an inspiration to many young girls aspiring to work in the fashion industry. She proves that big dreams go a long way, and with hard work and a good attitude, dreams really do come true.

Kimberley Newport-Mimran is my favourite Canadian fashion designer. I admire her because, coming from a small town, she made it big in the world of fashion and has remained a down-to-earth, honest woman, even after all her success.

While others may use their wealth for personal uses, Newport- Mimran believes in giving back and helping others. She is a strong supporter of charities for children's welfare, AIDS and women's health. It is refreshing to see a fellow Canadian helping to make the world a better place. Fashion can often be stereotyped to only outer beauty, but Newport-Mimran's beauty is more than skin deep. Her beauty is reflected in her clothing, which is flattering to women's figures of all different shapes and sizes.

In Newport-Mimran's Spring/Summer 2012 collection, I particularly admired the blue floral- print pieces. Fresh and new pieces paired with bold colours, Newport-Mimran's collection was a hit. Continuing into her pre-fall 2012 collection, which features leopard prints, dark florals and just the right amount of fur, fall will no doubt be a success for this designer, as well as her many collections in the future.

Through gaining knowledge of Kimberly Newport-Mimran over the last few years, I have grown to appreciate her as a designer, a person and an inspiration to my future in the fashion business. She has taught me to fight for what I believe in and never give up on something I truly want. It may be hard work, but she proves that in the end it is worth it. I will continue to follow in Newport-Mimran's footsteps, living and learning day by day, doing my best to create the life I dream of and will someday live.