Who She Is: Mateene is a native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo who's lived and traveled across Africa, Europe, and the Americas. She studied business and economics at Blackburn College and fashion design at the Illinois Institute of Art.
Where You've Seen Her Work: Since 2009, Mateene has been working on her own line, Modahnik, which blends African prints with Western shapes. She's been featured in a number of publications, including WWD and the Chicago Sun-Times.
Why She Might Win: Mateene has a truly global worldview and is already running her own business. Plus, her clothing is interesting and wearable at the same time.