Lifetime announced the contestants for Project Runway's seventh season yesterday, and unfortunately there are no local designers to be found on the lineup. However, there is one local model who will be competing. Her name is Monique Darton, and here's what I've been able to find out about her: she's originally from Brainerd, where she graduated from high school in 2003 and signed with Minneapolis agency Vision Model Management. She now lives in New York and is signed with Wilhelmina Models.
I actually recognize her from Vision's website (which she is no longer on), and remember being struck by her gorgeous hair and beautiful face. Hopefully she gets picked up by a strong designer on PR. Here's some more images of her: