Project Runway has announced an inclusion of models in a variety of body types for it’s latest season.
The fashion design series premiered this week for it’s 16th season with a new group of models, ranging in body types from size 2 to 22.
This will be the first time the programme has featured plus size models in it’s thirteen years on air.
Host Heidi Klum embraced the change, and told Entertainment Tonight that she wanted different body types on the programme for years.
“I believe we should have done [it] already years and years and years ago,” Klum said ahead of the premiere.
“So I’m happy though that now this season, we’re starting.”
She added, “This is the real world. Not everyone is, you know, runway figure or what the runway figure used to be.”
“You have to dress real people, and real people come in different sizes: short, tall, more voluptuous, skinny.”
“There is many of us, and so a real designer needs to know how to do that. So get with it.”
Fans of the show took to Twitter with an overwhelmingly amount of support, praising the show for embracing a wider view of the fashion industry and embracing all body types.
20 years ago, I was called fat at 5'9 115 lbs. it's really great to see how far the industry has come. ??
— Dana Williams (@thedanaw) August 18, 2017
I'm so happy Project Runway is having various sized models this season! ☺️ FINALLY!!!! ?
— ♡Manda31409♡ (@Manda31409) August 5, 2017
"Age and size are only numbers. It's the attitude you bring to clothes that make the difference" Donna Karan CC: @ProjectRunway
— Nina Garcia (@ninagarcia) August 18, 2017