Of the 16 cast members, nine are in their 20s, four are between 30 and 32, two are in their 40s, and one is 50. Seven are from New York. The AP runs down the cast, noting that “[t]hree of them — Nicolas Putvinksi, Gordana Gehlhausen and Irina Shabeyeva — hail originally from Russia, Bosnia and the Republic of Georgia, respectively.”
Heidi Klum told the AP that the women are contenders and the source of drama. “Look out for the girls. The girls are very strong on season six. There’s a lot of crying, there’s fighting going on, there’s a lot of drama going on — but especially with the girls,” she told the AP. Here are names, ages, and hometowns of the women and men:
Shirin Askari, 25, of Garland, Texas.
Louise Black, 32, of Dallas.
Ra’Mon-Lawrence Coleman, 31, of Milwaukee.
Rodney Epperson, 50, of New York.
Ari Fish, 26, of Kansas City, Mo.
Qristyl Frazier, 42, of New York.
Gordana Gehlhausen, 45, of San Diego.
Mitchell Hall, 26, of Savannah, Ga.
Althea Harper, 25, of New York.
Logan Neitzel, 25, of Seattle.
Nicolas Putvinksi, 27, of New York.
Johnny Sakalis, 30, of Los Angeles.
Irina Shabeyeva, 27, of New York.
Christopher Straub, 30, of Shakopee, Minn.
Malvin Vein, 24, of New York.
Carol Hannah Whitfield, 24, of New York.
Today at 9 a.m. ET, Lifetime is unveiling the show’s new web site to go along with one of the worst promotional ads ever. I guess that ad is designed to draw in Lifetime’s viewers, but it tries so hard to be cool and comes off as so lame.
Meanwhile, before the Project Runway, world even gets a chance to judge what the network and Bunim-Murray has done to save or screw up everyone’s favorite show, the seventh season is currently being filmed. They started production on June 16, according to New York Magazine, which reported that they’re once again staying at Atlas. A few days later, the contestants were awakened at 6:30 a.m. for some kind of trip, but the magazine hasn’t reported on them since.
Perhaps the contestants were kidnapped and hidden in the BravoTV.com server room, or got lost trying to find the show on Lifetime?
Project Runway Contestants Arrive, Begin Filming in NYC and Project Runway Contestants Up and At ‘Em by 6:30 [New York Magazine]