Monique Araujo, featured in last week's edition of Moxie, placed third in the Cool vs. Cruel Fur-Free Fashion Design Competition sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States.

The Mount Pleasant resident will receive $400, and her design was set to be on display during an awards ceremony in New York on Wednesday.

The winners in the sixth annual contest, chosen by designers and magazine editors, were announced Monday. Valeria Krasavina of Miami International University of Art and Design was the grand-prize winner, and Cynthia Xie of The Art Institute of Vancouver placed second.

Cool vs. Cruel challenges Art Institutes students enrolled in fashion programs throughout the United States and Canada to creatively reinterpret and replace animal fur on runway looks by well-known designers. This year's winners were chosen from among more than 200 entries.

To view the national winners' designs, visit http://tinyurl.com/CoolvsCruel2010-Finalists.