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12-year-old designs gown for Michelle Obama

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Grant Mower beat out high school and college fashion design students in a contest in his home state of Texas.

"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 said.

He's grown a lot from the first dress he made of newspaper.

Now he's designing a dress for First Lady Michelle Obama.

The inspiration came when he saw an orchid while visiting the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

It's been a painful road to get to this point.

His mother Moanna says bullies at school would tease him for wanting to be a fashion designer.

"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 said. "And out of desperation I would do things like, 'Do you want to watch a Versace fashion show?'"

"When it came to sixth grade, because there's new people, there's also new bullies, and they come," Grant said. "And I don't care. I really don't care what they tell me."

Grant left for Dallas Wednesday and will come to Utah for the chance to schedule a fitting with Mrs. Obama at next week's Utah fundraising event for the president.

"He's just so happy," Mower's aunt, Shannon Barton, said. "He's just so happy when he's designing. He's who he really is when he gets to do things like this."

Right now, Grant is an apprentice under a designer who has dressed former first ladies Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton.

Mower has kept those sketches under wraps until of course, as everyone is hoping Mrs. Obama will make the big reveal in a Grant Mower gown on July 26.

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