Sunday, December 21, 2014

Tim Gunn wants a season of 'Project Runway' with plus-size models

When it comes to fashion, plus size isn’t something that is on display that often, especially in fashion shows. On the catwalk, models are usually a size two, which leaves the majority of consumers wondering where they fit in the industry. Project Runway mentor Tim Gunn, 60, wants to change that.

“I would like to do a season of ‘Project Runway’ where every model is larger than a size 12,” Gunn told The Hollywood Reporter during a reality TV roundtable.

Some Project Runway viewers may remember season 10 when designer Ven Budhu criticized his non-model client for being plus size. That episode was hard to watch, but the designer did get a mouthful from the judges. The fact that Gunn would like to see a season devoted to plus-size models is refreshing and it gives a different spin on the reality-competition series.

The fashion guru has always been vocal about his desire to work with real women.

“To be perfectly honest, I love real women,” he told Parade.com in 2011. “I love women who are navigating the world outside of the red carpet and who just want to feel better about themselves. At the core, I’m an educator, and when I work with a woman to recalibrate her style, it’s a collaboration. I don’t believe in making women into my dress-up dolls, so we do it together. I much prefer real women and not celebrities.”

A season of Project Runway featuring plus size models is one we would love to see. We hope that if the show does happen, designers can make it work. What do you think? Tell us in the comments!

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Mabel Martinez
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