Boy, 12, Wins Fashion Contest, Hopes to Dress Michelle Obama

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First lady Michelle Obama isn't afraid to wear designs by relatively unknown, young designers. But a gown by a 12-year-old boy? Now, that would be a first.

NBC reports Texas tween Grant Mower bested design students in college and high school in his home state to win a contest that could lead to Obama wearing his design during a Utah fund-raising event. He'll travel to Utah for the chance to schedule a fitting with the first lady, the network adds.

"First, I was just drawing little girls stuff, then I came up to where I am now watching Chanel shows and you know sort of a growth in fashion and maturity," Grant, who made his first dress out of newspaper, tells NBC.

Grant's mom, Moanna Mower, tells the network her son has faced bullying for designing clothes.

"He would look for validation, and not get it, so he'd come home from school and it would take him three hours for me to just get him back," Moanna Mower tells NBC. "And out of desperation I would do things like, 'Do you want to watch a Versace fashion show?' "

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.