Ari's clothes and aesthetic is mostly Asian inspired and also "warrior-woman". Ari is the youngest of 5 kids and was raised by a single mother who was an immigrant from Laos. Ari's family currently resides in Waianae, HI. Ari is friendly to and respects all contestants and is never mean or makes snarky remarks. When mentioning rumors, she respects people's privacy and does not tell who the source of the rumor is or where she heard it. She was especially sympathetic to Michael C when he was not making it to Fashion Week. In the final episode, Finale Part 2, she mentioned that she played the "quiet one" throughout the competition, hence she does not have many memorable quotes. She is easily stressed out and can be seen crawling under a table and hugging a wall in Episode 13, "Finale, Part 1". After Project Runway, she transitioned, and no longer use her name at birth, Andy, but is a transgender woman whose name is Ari.
Challenges Won EditPeach Carr volunteered to help in the making of her dress. The end result was a stunning, short, black dress that Ari said "looked as if it was made of real leather." In Episode 11, Heidi was the client of the contestants. They all had to make 3 outerwear looks for Heidi's line New Balance activewear. The prize would be that 1 of the winner's looks would be produced and sold on amazon.com. In the end, Ari made all of her looks so beautiful, Heidi chose to sell all looks on amazon.com instead of just 1.
Challenges Lost Edit
Ari was not eliminated in any challenges, and made it to Fashion Week, where she did not win. Ari placed in the bottom 3 in Episode 8, "A Rough Day on the Runway" and in Episode 10, "There's a Pattern Here."
- "Ooh, are you weaving that?" "Yes, girl," -Valerie speaking to Ari (Episode 3, Season 8)
- "I heard from a grapevine, that you said Ivy was the bitch of the show." -Ari speaking with Michael C (Episode 7, Season 8)