Meet the Season 16 Cast!

It’s “Project Runway’s” super sweet 16th season! For the first time in Runway history, models ranging from size 0 to 22 will grace the catwalk to celebrate body diversity, and to help prove that the new batch of designers can make it work for any body type.

The new season premieres on August 17 at 8/7c and the designers competing this year are:

Aaron Myers, 23, Ridgewood, 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
ChaCha, 24, Taipei, Taiwan
Claire Buitendorp, 27, Grand Ledge, MI
Deyonté Weather, 36, Lynnwood, WA
Kentaro Kameyama, 38, Los Angeles, CA
Kenya Freeman, 37, Atlanta, GA
Kudzanai Karidza, 32, Altanta, GA
Margarita Alvarez, 30, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Michael Brambila, 25, Oakland, CA
Samantha Rei, 36, Minneapolia, MN
Sentell McDonald, 33, New York, NY
Shawn Buitendorp, 27, Grand Ledge, MI

Tour their closets here.

Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, Zac Posen, and mentor Tim Gunn are all returning, and top names in entertainment are sitting in the guest judge chair this season, including 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.

The winner will receive $100,000 to launch their line, and the opportunity to collaborate with JCPenney on a limited edition capsule collection as part of the “Project Runway” line sold at select JCPenney stores and online at In addition, the winner will receive a selection of Brother sewing and embroidery machines, a lifetime supply of pens from the Pilot FriXion Erasable Pen and an all-expense paid luxury trip to Japan. The prize package also includes the new 2018 Lexus NX and the winning designer and model will receive a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine.

While you’re waiting for the new season, get your Runway fix by watching full episodes from Seasons 6 – 15 on or in the Lifetime app.

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