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Plus Size Models Liris Crosse and Monique Robinson Among Diverse Models on Project Runway Season 16


Plus Size Models Monique Robinson and Liris Crosse. Photo Credit Stanley Desbas and Tommy Chung

Plus size models Liris Crosse and Monique Robinson are two of the plus size models participating on Project Runway this season. If you are a fashion lover than Project Runway is one of those shows that you just have to watch. The show has been promoting more diversity in fashion in the past few seasons and it is all thanks to the designer’s mentor Tim Gunn.

Gunn, has been very vocal about designers not making clothes for plus size people. With the average American woman being a size 16/18 now and with over 60{f4f104417c9ad41c3090c48ffbf3737280584246b1c861fa3168a3f2cbe08147} of the people in the USA being plus size (Size 14 or higher), this surely is an untapped market for many designers. As part of the plus size community, I am happy to see representation on the show, my only gripe is that it took so long, 16 seasons to be exact for this to happen but hey, it’s here now and I am here for all of it.

Project Runway Season 16 is going to be the more diverse yet when it comes to models. The models will range from a size 0 to 22. I think that this should be a great challenge for the designers on the show and I look forward to seeing what they come up with.

I can’t wait to see Liris Crosse rocking the runway! The “Naomi Campbell of Plus” as she is known because of her amazing runway walk, she is having a great year, having just won “Model of the Year” at Full Figured Fashion Week 2017. Her model boot camps are a sellout wherever she goes and she recently wrote her first book.


Plus size Model Liris Crosse. Photo by Mirza Babic

Monique Robinson’s beauty and smile will surely light up the screen. This tall beauty has been the face of many fashion campaigns for retailers such as Ashley Stewart, Monif C., Macy’s, Torrid, and Target, just to name a few.


Plus Size Model Monique Robinson

The show continues to be hosted by Supermodel Heidi Klum, the designer’s mentor will be Tim Gunn and the judges will continue to be Nina Garcia and Zac Posen (No changes here). They will be joined this year by special guest judges including: Singer Demi Lovato, Actress Katie Holmes, Actress Olivia Munn, Yolanda Hadid (Models Bella & Giggi Hadid’s Mom),Model Kate Upton, Maggie Q, Kelsea Ballerini, Dove Cameron, China Anne McClain, Asia Kate Dillon, Carly Chaikin, Maddie Ziegler, Sophia Stallone, Georgina Chapman, Rachel Brosnahan and Anne Fulenwider.

The winner of Project Runway Season 16 will receive $100,000 to launch their line, and the opportunity to collaborate with JCPenney on a limited edition capsule collection as part of the “Project Runway” line sold at select JCPenney stores and online at

In addition to that, the winner will receive a selection of Brother sewing and embroidery machines, a lifetime supply of pens from the Pilot FriXion Erasable Pen and an all-expense paid luxury trip to Japan. The prize package also includes the new 2018 Lexus NX and the winning designer and model will receive a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine.

“Project Runway” Season 16 premieres August 17 at 8 PM ET on the Lifetime Channel. Will you be tuning in? I wouldn’t miss it for the world!.

By Farrah Estrella

Farrah Estrella is an award winning Latina, plus size, fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger. A native of the Dominican Republic, she was a previous writer for and has been the editor of the Estrella Fashion Report since 2012. Follow her on twitter at @FarrahEstrella and @EstrellaFReport

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