In Project Runway‘s sweet 16 season, the show is getting a much-needed change — and it’s all for the best.
According to Refinery29, the popular Lifetime series will feature models ranging in size from 2 to 22, marking a major shift toward body inclusivity. Announced in last week’s season premiere as hosts Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum paired designers with models, Klum told Entertainment Tonight that she thought the change was long overdue.
“I believe we should have done [it] already years and years and years ago,” she said. “So I’m happy though that now this season, we’re starting.”
Klum continued to drop truth bombs about the newly-inclusive show, says Refinery29, saying that it’s time that Project Runway get with the times and dress the variety of body shapes that exist in the world.
“This is the real world,” Klum explained. “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.”
Ready to support body inclusivity? Tune into Project Runway every Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime.