When “Project Runway” returned to Bravo for its 17th season in 2019, besides replacing Heidi Klum as host and Tim Gunn as mentor with model Karlie Kloss and Season 4 winner Christian Siriano, it also embraced a more enlightened commitment to diversity among the designers who are competing. That extended to the models, who represent all shapes, sizes and ethnicities. Season 17 featured the show’s first transgender model, and Season 18 featured a non-binary model for the first time.
The show has also gone out of its way to employ eco-friendly challenges, salutes to public workers and promotion of society-benefiting causes. As a result, the workroom features fewer conniving villain types and dirty tricksters. That’s not to say the show has lacked large personalities, including designers with some anti-social and smug tendencies.
Let’s go back to the good old days of sabotage, cheating and lying on “Project Runway.” Here are some of the greatest “Project Runway” villains (or worst, depending on how you look at it) from seasons past whose bad behavior, nasty remarks and dastardly schemes helped make this Emmy-winning reality show what it is today.