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"We have our little gang with Tim Gunn, Michael Kors and Nina Garcia, and we have come to be a little Runway family after all these years," Heidi Klum says of the design competition's 10th season. "We are still having a lot of fun! Here's to another ten!" The new season begins July 19 (9 p.m. ET) on Lifetime – but the 16 designers you're about to meet will compete in their first elimination challenge live Friday in N.Y.C.'s Times Square.
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Hometown: Rogers City, Mich.
Why She Could Win: Claiming the Dada art movement as one of her inspirations, Fleis concentrates on designing "forward-thinking looks" that make women feel "strong" and "cutting edge." Her clear vision and willingness to take risks may take her to the finish line.
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Hometown: Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Why He Could Win: Costa's eclectic sense of style, which he describes as "postmodern" and "progressive," will help him adapt to Runway's many diverse challenges.
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Hometown: London and Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Why She Could Win: When Jashanmal launched her first clothing line in Dubai, India, she achieved enough success and celebrity to win several on-camera hosting stints. Her obvious charisma and talent may charm both judges and viewers.
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Hometown: Himeji-shi, Japan
Why He Could Win: Kosuke learned to sew at a very young age from his graphic-designer mother and has since developed a lively, colorful, avant-garde style that will give him an advantage in Runway's sometimes strange challenges.
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Hometown: Brandenburg, Ky.
Why She Could Win: With experience in New York and Los Angeles, she's an expert at sewing and already has her own line, Original Tomboy, which caters to girlie girls and not-so-girlie girls.
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Hometown: La Grange, Ky.
Why He Could Win: Although Deatherage was eliminated from the top 20 last season, his formidable sewing experience may help him go much further this time around. He's a former tailor and he runs his own custom-design business.
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Hometown: Sacramento, Calif.
Why She Could Win: Although Foster has unsuccessfully applied to Runway before, she says she's ready to "take out the other designers" now that she's made it onto the show. After all, she's been designing her own clothes since childhood. (She's always had trouble finding outfits that fit her skinny frame.)
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Hometown: Canoga Park, Calif., and Honduras
Why He Could Win: Osorio has already demonstrated a knack for pattern-making and sewing – the latter of which he learned from his grandmother, who is the founder of a sewing academy.
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Why She Could Win: Williams has a keen eye for the colors and textures around her, which she can later use for designs. Plus, her passion for working with leather might give her outfits the extra kick they need to make an impression.
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Hometown: Novopolotsk, Belarus
Why He Could Win: Sholokhov, who specializes in constructing modern, edgy looks for women, already has plenty of experience in the fashion world: He's worked for Jones New York, Anne Klein and Domenico Vacca.
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Hometown: Kiev, Ukraine
Why She Could Win: Citing Lady Gaga as her style icon, Slivnyak aims to design for "a whole different girl than what everyone usually designs for." This sense of individuality, combined with her perfectionism, may help her stand out from the pack.
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Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Why He Could Win: Palu's passion for designing handbags may give him a leg up on the other contestants when they're choosing carefully from the accessories wall to complete their runway looks.
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Hometown: Orange County, Calif.
Why She Could Win: Guapo already runs a fashion label, GG Collective, with her mother and sister. She also has an optimistic attitude that may resonate with judges and keep her out of workroom drama: According to Guapo, fashion should create "a positive emotional change."
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Hometown: Zanesville, Ohio
Why He Could Win: McDonald's experience as a sculptor gives him an eye for structure and aesthetics. He's also no stranger to designing for various body types, having already spearheaded a clothing line, Up Size, for plus-size women.
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Hometown: Oceanside, N.Y.
Why She Could Win: A self-proclaimed "radical feminist and anti-fashionista," Katz has the edge and unconventionality to make an indelible impression on the judges.
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Hometown: Berbice, Guyana
Why He Could Win: Budhu's ability to draw inspiration from different cultures and exotic locations may help his colorful outfits stand out on the runway.
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