Meet 'Project Runway's' New Designers

"Project Runway" Season 9 designers

“Project Runway” returns for Season 9 with 20 designers hoping to “make it work,” praying they “don’t upset Nina” and dreaming that Heidi Klum crowns them most “in!”

This season, 20 designers will vie for the top prize, which includes $100,000 from L’Oreal Paris to start his/her own line, a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine, a $50,000 dollar technology suite from HP and Intel and the opportunity to design and sell an exclusive collection on Piperlime.com.

The Season 9 contestants are:

Amanda Perna, 25 - Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Resides in: New York, NY

Anthony Ryan Auld, 28 - Hometown: Linden, TX; Resides in: Baton Rouge, LA

Anya Ayoung-Chee, 29 - Hometown: Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago; Resides in: Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Becky Ross, 38 - Hometown: Calumet, MI; Resides in: Portland, OR

Bert Keeter, 57 - Hometown: Washington, D.C.; Resides in: Los Angeles, CA

Bryce Black, 26 - Hometown: Twin Falls, ID; Resides in: Portland, OR

Cecilia Motwani, 34 - Hometown: Cordoba, Argentina; Resides in: Woodside, NY

Danielle Everine, 26 - Hometown: Minneapolis, MN; Resides in: Minneapolis, MN

David Chum, 29 - Hometown: Merong, Battaan, Philippines; Resides in: Boston, MA

Fallene Wells, 29 - Hometown: Las Vegas, NV; Resides in: Denver, CO

Gunnar Deatherage, 21 - Hometown: La Grange, KY; Resides in: Louisville, KY

Joshua McKinley, 25 - Hometown: Cleveland, OH; Resides in: New York, NY

Joshua Christensen, 29 - Hometown: Snohomish, WA; Resides in: Los Angeles, CA

Julie Tierney, 35 - Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA; Resides in: Grand Junction, CO

Kimberly Goldson, 35- Hometown: Brooklyn, NY; Resides in: White Plains, MD

Laura Kathleen , 26 - Hometown: St. Louis, MO; Resides in: St. Louis, MO

Olivier Green, 22 - Hometown: International; Resides in: New York, NY

Rafael Cox, 27 – Hometown: Alamogordo, New Mexico; Resides in: Atlanta, GA

Serena da Conceicao, 31 – Hometown: Kingston, NY; Resides in: Brooklyn, NY

Viktor Luna, 30 – Hometown: Guadalajara, Mexico; Resides in: New York, NY

Host Heidi Klum, mentor Tim Gunn and judges Michael Kors and Nina Garcia – plus guest judge Christina Ricci – return for the season premiere on July 28 at 9 PM on Lifetime.

Other celebrity guest judges this season include Kim Kardashian, Zoe Saldana and Malin Akerman.

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