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Season 9 Premieres July 28 at 9/8c With 20 Designers, Plus the Inside Scoop on Heidi's Poster Shoot

By CaitlinBergmann Thu., Jun. 23, 2011 ,11:18 am EDT

It's time to make it work! The Emmy® Award nominated series, "Project Runway," will kick off its ninth season with 20 talented designers – the most in series history – beginning Thursday, July 28 at 9 pm/8c on Lifetime Television. In the show’s 90-minute format, the new crop of designers will encounter host Heidi Klum, mentor Tim Gunn and judges Michael Kors and Nina Garcia and top-name guest designers and judges from the worlds of fashion, film and television, including Kim Kardashian, Christina Ricci, Zoe Saldana and Malin Akerman, as they face inventive challenges, unexpected eliminations and other surprises along the way.

In a "Project Runway" first, during the premiere episode, 20 designers must go in front of Heidi, Michael, Nina and Tim to make a case why they deserve one of the 16 coveted spots this season. Once they are chosen, the 16 designers barely have a chance to celebrate before being awoken at the crack of dawn with one of the toughest first challenges in the series’ history.

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Project Runway Season 9, Heidi Klum naked photo
Photo: Robert Erdmann

And about that photo, here's what Heidi herself had to say about the sensational photo shoot to myLifetime.com exclusively: "[Photographer] Robert Erdmann shot my Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover way back when, and he also shot this image. He's great at making women feel confident and sexy. I love how this poster turned out and I love how Lifetime is pushing the envelope."

Keep checking back here on the blog for more Season 9 updates and the big reveal of this season's 20 new designers.