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Hester Sunshine Family, Real Name, Net Worth, Project Runway

Hester Sunshine, who prefers they/them/their pronouns, has no idea what first made them fall in love with fashion. They just know that for as long as they can remember they have been in love with it. Now, as a competitor on Project Runway All-Star Season 20, they are going to be smitten by style and aesthetics even more. The Bravo competition series premiered on 15 June 2023 and Hester as it turns out is one of its contestants. So, in this writing, let us tell you more about them including her family background and net worth.

Hester Sunshine On Project Runway All-Star Season 20

Hester Sunshine is presented to Project Runway All-Star Season 20 viewers as someone with a quirky spirit and an incredible eye for fashion. After the show, Hester is said to have had a few career wins, including a collaboration with Meow Wolf.

As to what prompted them to first try out for Project Runway, they had wanted to be on the show since attending Parsons during the filming of season three. But the timing was not right. So, after the first year of running their own company, they knew they were ready. Hester has previously competed in Season 17th as well. So, the 2023 season counted as their second chance. They said it is an amazing opportunity for them to explore their creative abilities, and also an opportunity to share their new brand, HESTA, with the world. Of course, they were also anyway never turning down the chance to test herself against other top-tier artists.

Hester’s designs are infused with the otherness present in their own lives and in both their queer and Jewish identities.

They were six the first time they told people they are going to be a fashion designer.

Hester Sunshine Net Worth

Hester Sunshine reportedly had above $1.5 million net worth as of June 2023.

They are the founder and designers of the brands Hester by Hester (since September 2016) and Sunshine by Hester (since June 2019). The former is the limited edition seasonal designs for larger-than-life fashionistas and the latter according to them is a luxury RTW and custom couture apparel and accessories, made in USA and size-inclusive.

On LinkedIn, they describe themselves as a social media maven with a passion for fashion design, TV, and advertising. Also, they stressed that they are open to collaborations and new projects, both design and media based.

All their collections and their goodies can be viewed and bought from

Hester is a Parsons School of Design (BFA, Fashion Design) graduate. They also attended Eugene Lang (BA, Fashion History and Theory) and Central Saint Martins and acquired licenses for draping and pattern-making from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

How Old Is Hester Sunshine?

Hester Sunshine was reportedly born in 1984. If that is true, they should have turned 38 years old in 2022.

Hester Sunshine Family

Hester’s father Philip Sunshine is no more. He died on 24 August 2021 at age 81, after many health struggles. He passed of heart failure, at home in bed listening to his favorite composer, Sibelius. The patriarch was a high school history teacher for over 30 years.

Late Philip is also survived by his wife of 52 years, Jody (Judith Morris), and many pet dogs and cats.

Hester’s mother, Jody, reached age 83 in April 2023. Formerly, Jody was an art teacher at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School. Even before, she studied at New York University, Boston University, Parsons School of Design, and Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. As of now, she had been calling Santa Fe, New Mexico home.

What Is Hester Sunshine Real Name?

There is no other real name. Their real name is actually Hester Sunshine.

Hester Sunshine Wife

Hester Sunshine’s wife is Honey Tee, full name Honey A Tavassoli, who turned 39 in August 2022. They tied the knot at a courthouse on 13 January 2017. At the time, Hester had shared they are planning a big family and friend wedding in Santa Fe in 2018 for everyone.

One of the rare-est pictures of Hester and their wife together (PIC: Facebook)

On 2 April 2016, Hester took to Facebook to talk about their first meeting. “3 years ago I met you and it was the best birthday gift of my life! I love you @honeypoots”, they wrote next to a loved-up beautiful picture of them and Honey.

On many occasions, Hester has featured their wife on their social media posts. And each time Hester has been referred to as the love of their life.

Back in 2017, the beloved couple also started a vintage shop. So, like that, the pair have been inseparable. The reality star actually also created a go-fund-me fundraiser asking for money for Honey’s surgery bills back in December 2017.

Hester Sunshine Height

Hester Sunshine stands below 5’8” in height.

Related FAQs

  • When Is Hester Sunshine Birthday?

Hester Sunshine’s birthday is on April 2nd, making them an Aries.

  • Where Is Hester Sunshine From?

Hester Sunshine originally hails from Santa Fe, New Mexico. As of 2023 though, they had been residing in Brooklyn, New York.

Hester has always felt pride in her Jewish identity. Their father was born to East European Jewish immigrants.

  • Is Hester Sunshine On Instagram And Facebook?

Yes, Hester Sunshine, a self-proclaimed apparel innovator and queerdo cyber clown, can be found on Instagram and Facebook. As of 20 June 2023, their IG @besta_hesta included 1,236 posts and 83.6K followers.

Hester was also followed by 5,288 people on their ‘Hester Sunshine’ Facebook.

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