Tim Gunn has a dream: A shakeup at Project Runway. While discussing reality TV with other industry heavyweights during a Hollywood Reporter roundtable, Gunn said he wants to change up the long-running reality series.
"I would like to do a season of Project Runway where every model is larger than a size 12," Gunn said. The Voice's Carson Daly chimed in, "That's a great idea." Pawn Stars producer Brent Montgomery, The Real World co-creator Jonathan Murray, Survivor host Jeff Probst and Duck Dynasty producer Deirdre Gurney also participated in the discussion.
Gunn has been outspoken about models on the show vs. real-life women.
"When I'm working in the real world with real women and we're shopping, we find that fashion seems to end when you get any larger than a size 12," Gunn told The Huffington Post in 2013. "How ridiculous is that?" He continued, "Go to Lord & Taylor on Fifth Avenue, I think it's the eighth floor, and it's just a department called 'Woman.' It's rather devastating. You've never seen such hideous clothes in your entire life. I mean, it's simply appalling. Thank God there are no windows on that floor, because if I were a size 18, I'd throw myself right out the window [after seeing those clothes]. It's insulting what these designers do to these women."
The average dress size in America is size 14, according to Women's Wear Daily.
Gunn has been with Project Runway since 2004 and also hosts Lifetime's Under the Gunn. He took home an Emmy along with Heidi Klum for hosting Project Runway in 2013.