‘Project Runway’ 2017: Who will win season 16?

Project Runway” returned on Thursday (Aug. 16) with a twist: the designers must make clothes for a wide range of body types. The Emmy-winning hosts Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn are back to preside over the competition with Zac Posen and Nina Garcia once again sitting in judgement. For episode 1, they were joined by Olivia Munn who also weighed in on the fashion show.

Do you have a favorite yet among the would-be designers on season 16 of “Project Runway“? After reading our recap of the premiere, be sure to vote in our poll below as to which of the remaining 15 contestants is likeliest to win.

To help you narrow down your choices, here are brief bios of each of them.

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.

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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