05/16/2013 08:34 am ET Updated Jul 16, 2013

Meet 20-Year-Old Maddy Maxey, Fashion's First Thiel Fellow

Maddy Maxey is a regular 20-year-old who's too tired to be doing a 9 a.m. phone interview, until she starts talking about pattern-making software. A self-taught fashion designer, Maxey began interning at Tommy Hilfiger at just 16, and later did stints at Peter Som and Nylon magazine. After her sophomore year at Parsons, she left to start her own collection of blazers called Madison Maxey. Last week, she became the first fashion designer to ever received the $100,000 Thiel Fellowship.