Heidi Klum Dishes On 'Project Runway' Season 16 Filming: Says Designers 'Not Happy' With Plus-Sized Twist

Georgia Makitalo

The16th season of Project Runway has been filming for over four weeks now, and in between judging the runway challenges, Heidi Klum has been promoting her new book of revealing photos, Heidi Klum by Rankin. The naked photos of her, taken by celebrity photographs Rankin over the past decade, include fantasy pics of Heidi clad only a smile, Heidi in the tub, and pregnant Heidi, with melted chocolate poured over her bare torso, has garnered her a lot of international press.

While dishing to the Daily Mail why she was considered "too curvy" for high fashion, she revealed that this season's Project Runway plus-sized twist is driving this season's designers crazy, and the former Victoria's Secret model reveals why she wished the Emmy-winning show had been the leader in the recent plus-sized fashion trend.

Although many call Heidi Klum "the body," the German-born supermodel explained that when she first started out as a model, she was "turned down" by Paris, Milan, London, and New York runway shows because she was "too big" for fashion.

According to a 2009 Bild article, German designer Wolfgang Joop claimed that Heidi was "too heavy" for high fashion.

"She is no runway model. Heidi Klum is simply too heavy and has too big a bust. And she always grins so stupidly. That is not avant-garde – that is commercial."

"Project Runway will feature models of all sizes this season, we will have that for the first time."

"My designers were not happy about it, I have to say, but I told them, if you want to be a good designer, you have to design for people of all sizes, of any shape."

In the plus-sized category alone, there are four different body shapes: triangle, inverted triangle, circle, and the figure eight. The designers who have dressed more "normal" women could have the advantage this season, yet, all designers will most likely have to spend more time adjusting proportions to make sure that the fit is right and that the design puts them at the top. Considering that they are only given a day for most challenges, this is going to be a tall order for the designers this season.

"One size does not fit all and you can't get away with just designing for what you think a 'model' body is."
"This is what we see in fashion now and this should have done this way earlier. I wish we would have been the pioneers of that [movement] instead of following it."

This year, New York Fashion Week begins on September 7 through September 15. The top Project Runway designers will be showcasing their collection during that time. It will be assumed that the designers will be required to have at least one plus-sized model on the runway.

Another Project Runway Season 16 spoiler could possibly be related to a new Heidi Klum clothing line. The supermodel recently announced that she has designed a collection for the German supermarket chain, Lidl, and it is assumed that this season's Heidi Klum challenge will be to design a piece for that collection. If there is going to be plus-sized models on the new season of Project Runway, does this also mean the collection will also have plus-sized garments?

Are you looking forward to the new season of Project Runway? What do you think of the season twist of plus-sized models being rotated in with normal models?

[Featured Image by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week]

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