“Project Runway Junior” premieres this November on Lifetime, and the reality series is already lining up a slew of A-listers to guest-judge creations made by 12 young, aspiring fashion designers. The new series, which is a spin-off of Lifetime’s “Project Runway,” will feature designers from ages 13 to 17 creating new outfits each week based on different challenges assigned to them.
According to Variety, one person who will be dishing out one of the weekly challenges is Michelle Obama. The site reports that the fashionable First Lady will ask the contestants on the Dec. 10 episode to create a look that supports her Let Girls Learn education initiative. Each of the contestants will be asked to create a look that will be used and sold on LandsEnds.com.
Another guest star lined up for “Project Runway Junior” is Bella Thorne, who will also judge on the Sept. 10 episode of “Project Runway” when the adult contestants are asked to create lingerie for Heidi Klum’s line. Thorne’s episode of “Project Runway Junior” is slated to air Feb. 4.
The judges’ panel for the spinoff show includes former “Fashion Police” co-host Kelly Osbourne, fashion editor Aya Kanai, and Christian Siriano, winner of “Project Runway" Season 4. Tim Gunn, a mentor on the original “Project Runway,” will also mentor the new series along with model Hannah Davis. Osbourne, who quit “Fashion Police” in February, announced her involvement with the Lifetime show in July, sharing a photo of her on set with her fellow judges. “I’m so excited to finally announce that I’ve joined the incredible #ProjectRunwayJunior family. We just had the best day ever,” she wrote.
According to Lifetime, the designer that wins “Project Runway Junior” will get $25,000 to help launch his or her own line, a feature in Seventeen magazine, a full scholarship to Fashion Institute of Design and Marketing in California, and a home sewing and crafting studio. The new series premieres on Lifetime on Nov. 12.