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For the first time in Project Runway history, season 16 breaks out of the conventional modeling mold and celebrates body diversity by incorporating various sizes of models on the catwalk. Sizes will range from 0 to 22, so this season's designers must show off their skills and ability to make stunning creations for any size. It premieres at 7 p.m. Thursday on Lifetime.

Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Marie Claire's creative director Nina Garcia and designer Zac Posen return this year. Guest judges this season include Kate Upton, Olivia Munn, Katie Holmes, Demi Lovato, Maggie Q, Georgina Chapman and Sophia Stallone.

Contestants, which include a set of twins, come from states that include New York, California, Georgia, Michigan, Washington and Maine, as well as Puerto Rico and Taipei, Taiwan.

The winner receives $100,000 to launch his or her line, the opportunity to collaborate with J.C. Penney, a 2018 Lexus NX, sewing and embroidery machines and an all-expense-paid trip to Japan.

-- Rosemary Boggs

Style on 08/13/2017

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