Taking a cue from the fashion industry, the show will have a diverse cast of different sized models.
The famous design show Project Runway is about to make it work for models of all different sizes for its 16th run. The show announced on Good Morning America that the upcoming season will include models of various sizes to display the designers' original creations.
The show has included different sized women before with their “real women” challenge and Season 14 winner Ashley Nell Tipton’s plus-size line, but this season will be different. Models ranging from sizes 0-22 will be featured on the television series throughout all episodes.
This new policy is a welcomed change for the show. Last September, Project Runway host Tim Gunn wrote an opinion piece for The Washington Post about his disappointment with the fashion industry’s refusal to accommodate plus-size women. “This is a design failure and not a customer issue,” Gunn wrote. “There is no reason larger women can’t look just as fabulous as all other women. The key is the harmonious balance of silhouette, proportion and fit, regardless of size or shape.”
But Gunn is also the first to admit that Project Runway hasn’t been a leader in this movement, citing the “real women” challenge as an issue. “Every season we have the ‘real women’ challenge (a title I hate), in which the designers create looks for non-models,” Gunn wrote. “The designers audibly groan, though I’m not sure why; in the real world, they won’t be dressing a seven-foot-tall glamazon.”
Fellow judge Nina Garcia is in agreement with Gunn about the change in beauty standards and excited about the size-inclusive initiative. “The perception of beauty really changes throughout the times,” Garcia told Good Morning America host George Stephanopoulos. “Now, happily, the industry is embracing body diversity and so are we. I’m very proud to be a part of a show that has full-figured women, real women, designers designing for real body types.”
The show will air on August 17th, and will feature guest judges like Demi Lovato, Kate Upton, Yolanda Hadid, and Maddie Ziegler.