Project Runway is one of the most popular reality show competitions on television. It has catapulted the careers of several designers including Christian Siriano and Ashley Nell Tipton, both of whom have released designer clothing lines for women of all shapes and sizes. Following the footsteps of their successful alumni, Project Runway Season 16 announced a major change to its casting this season: their models will now range from size 2 to 22.
‘Project Runway’ Season 16 Includes Women from Size 2 to 22
Project Runway has been around since 2004, with the show constantly changing its structure from time to time. The major change for the sixteenth season has created a huge impact on the competition itself, particularly the collection of models who are expected to come in a variety of sizes. As co-host and mentor Tim Gunn announced, the models will now range from size 2 to 22.
A majority of the challenges in Runway is to design outfits for women. But as many have pointed out over the years, there has been a noticeable lack of diversity regarding the type of models they choose. Sure, the show does include a few “special challenges,” which include the participation of non-models, but for the most part, it is always the model size 0 to 00 placed in the spotlight.
Runway is finally addressing the criticisms, starting with an announcement made on their official Twitter account:
— Project Runway (@ProjectRunway) August 17, 2017
With a show as popular as Project Runway addressing the issue of body positivity, there is no doubt that others will be inspired to follow suit. Naturally, the announcement has generated a generally positive response online with people praising producers for the long overdue move.
I’m so happy Project Runway is having various sized models this season! ☺️ FINALLY!!!!
— ♡Manda31409♡ (@Manda31409) August 5, 2017
Yasss to project runway for including so many different types of models and designers!! #ProjectRunway
— Berna Nevarez (@bernsnafula) August 18, 2017
i love project runway theyre incorporating models of all sizes throughout the whole season its so great wonderful
— big yoshi (@mapletreeways) August 18, 2017
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, host Heidi Klum had this to say about the news:
“I believe we should have done [it] already years and years and years ago,” the model said. “This is the real world. Not everyone is, you know, runway figure or what the runway figure used to be. You have to dress real people, and real people come in different sizes: short, tall, more voluptuous, skinny. There is many of us, and so a real designer needs to know how to do that. So get with it.”
With these changes, Project Runway allows viewers to relate to the designs even more. Now women can view themselves wearing edgy, high-fashion outfits, and at the same time, they can learn some reliable style tips as well.