“They kind of went like this, ‘Ah?’ ” Klum, 44, tells Entertainment Tonight, while making a displeased face. “A lot of them actually weren’t too happy about it.”
The supermodel and host points out that the designers need to be realistic about who they’re dressing.
“This is the real world. Not everyone is, you know, runway figure or what the runway figure used to be,” she says. “You have to dress real people, and real people come in different sizes: short, tall, more voluptuous, skinny. There is many of us, and so a real designer needs to know how to do that. So get with it.”
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And Klum says she’s been wanting to include models of different sizes on the show.
“I believe we should have done [it] already years and years and years ago. So I’m happy though that now this season, we’re starting,” she says.
“This was the opportunity that I was given to showcase who I really am as a designer,” Tipton told PEOPLE at the time. “I had to show that this is what I design, and this is what I know.”
The 16th season of Project Runway premieres Aug. 17 on Lifetime.