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Project Runway is back — already! Sure, Season 6, the first season to air on Lifetime, just ended with strong ratings, but the network has announced the 16 designers who will compete on the show's seventh season.

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The designers range in age from 21 to 47 and are from all over the U.S. and from countries including China, the Philippines and the Dominican Republic. Interestingly, none of the contestants are from New York or Los Angeles, a Project Runway first.

The new season of Runway returns to New York City, where the designers will eat, sleep and breathe fashion in the Parsons workroom. Heidi Klum will host, Tim Gunn returns as the contestants' mentor, and Klum, Michael Kors and Nina Garcia will sit on the judging panel. The whole family back together again!

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Season 7 premieres Thursday, Jan. 14 at 10/9c, followed by the second-season premiere of Model of the Runway (11/10c).

Are you excited for the new season of Runway?