‘Project Runway’ Season 16 Celebrates Body Diversity

It feels like ages since Project Runway Season 15 aired. The long-running designing competition returns for its Sweet Season 16 on Thursday, August 17. Lifetime just revealed the designers competing for the title and grand prize which includes $100,000 to launch their line, a capsule collection for JCPenney, 2018 Lexus NX, all-expense paid luxury trip to Japan and much more.

For the first time in the show’s history, Project Runway breaks out of the conventional modeling mold and celebrates body diversity by incorporating size inclusive models on the catwalk. As a true reflection of all women across the country, models range from 0 to 22, and this season’s designers must show off their skills and ability to make stunning creations, for any size. Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn once again return to helm the show with Zac Posen and Nina Garcia sitting alongside Klum on the judging panel.

Guest judges making their way to the runway this season include Demi Lovato, Katie Holmes, Olivia Munn, Yolanda Hadid, Kate Upton, Maggie Q, Kelsea Ballerini, Dove Cameron, China Anne McClain, Asia Kate Dillon, Carly Chaikin, Maddie Ziegler, Sophia Stallone, Georgina Chapman, Rachel Brosnahan and Anne Fulenwider.

Check out the list of contestants below, which includes a pair of twins. Can’t wait for the network to share the trailer.

Project Runway Season 16 Designers

Aaron Myers (23) Brooklyn, NY
Amy Bond (46) Los Angeles, CA
Ayana Ife (27) Salt Lake City, UT
Batani-Khalfani (32) Inglewood, CA
Brandon Kee (24) San Francisco, CA
Claire Buitendorp (27) Grand Ledge, MI
ChaCha (24) Taipei, Taiwan
Deyonté Weather (36) Lynwood, WA
Kentaro Kameyama (38) Los Angeles, CA
Kenya Freeman (37) Atlanta, GA
Kudzanai Karidza (32) Atlanta, GA
Margarita Alvarez (30) San Juan, PR
Michael Brambila (25) Oakland, CA
Samantha Rei (36) Minneapolis, MA
Sentell McDonald (33) New York, NY
Shawn Buitendorp (27) Grand Ledge, MI