‘Project Runway’ Season 16 cast: Who is ‘bad at fitting’ and who can only ‘function fully at night’?

Lifetime’s long-running reality TV show “Project Runway” has been renewed for another three cycles, with Season 16 premiering Thursday, August 17 on the cable network. Emmy-winning hosts Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn are joined by judges Zac Posen and Nina Garcia for the season premiere. Click through our photo gallery above to see the 16 new “Project Runway” cast members for Season 16.

Who will join the “Project Runway” winners list by becoming this year’s “next great American designer”? Among the crop of contestants, one confesses they are “bad at fitting” while another admits they can only “function fully at night.” The oldest Season 16 designer is 46, while the youngest is only 23.

Here are the official Lifetime bios for each of the new “Project Runway” cast members:

Margarita Alvarez (30)
Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Design Strength: Patternmaking.
Design Weakness: Hand sewing and finishes.

Amy Bond (46)
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Design Strength: Versatility, experience and professionality.
Design Weakness: If I discover a weakness, it becomes an opportunity.

Michael Brambila (25)
Hometown: Oakland, CA
Design Strength: I have a very youthful eye but I bring an elevated luxury feeling to my clothing.
Design Weakness: I can sometimes overthink a design and stop before I even begin.

Claire Buitendorp (27)
Hometown: Grand Ledge, MI
Design Strength: Strong sewing, construction skills, color usage, and embellishment.
Design Weakness: I feel so strongly about my point of view, and occasionally, it is challenging for me to accept constructive criticism.

Shawn Buitendorp (27)
Hometown: Grand Ledge, MI
Design Strength: Concept development, unique fabric selection and detail work.
Design Weakness: I freely open up to the fact that [my sister] Claire sews better than I do.

ChaCha (24)
Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan
Design Strength: Fun, wacky and out-of-the-box designs.
Design Weakness: I’m bad at fitting!

Kenya Freeman (37)
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Design Strength: Tailored looks and women’s dresses.
Design Weakness: Knits.

Ayana Ife (27)
Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
Design Strength: I’m courageous, daring, risky, and confident.
Design Weakness: I’m a perfectionist.

Kentaro Kameyama (38)
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Design Strength: Being able to see “perfect balance” in potions and colors.
Design Weakness: I only can function fully at night.

Kudzanai Karidza (32)
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Design Strength: My resourcefulness.
Design Weakness: Doubt.

Brandon Kee (24)
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Design Strength: I believe that I am tasteful, thoughtful, meticulous, and conceptual.
Design Weakness: Timely order of operations.

Brandon Kee (24)
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Design Strength: I believe that I am tasteful, thoughtful, meticulous, and conceptual.
Design Weakness: Timely order of operations.

Sentell McDonald (33)
Hometown: New York, NY
Design Strength: My patternmaking skills and ability to use scrap fabrics.
Design Weakness: I am not a big sketcher.

Aaron Myers (23)
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Design Strength: I think my strengths lie in concept and design.
Design Weakness: I think one of my weaknesses is not working with too much womenswear since my mindset is wired differently.

Samantha Rei (36)
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Design Strength: I’m stupid fast, I love details and textures and 80 percent of my dresses have pockets.
Design Weakness: I feel like even though I can give good directions, sometimes it’s better if I do it myself, so I can come off as controlling.

Deyonté Weather (36)
Hometown: Lynnwood, WA
Design Strength: I work well under pressure and I can design for every shape.
Design Weakness: Sometimes I overthink things and can be too critical of myself.

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