The first rule of business is a pretty obvious one: don't insult your clients. And yet, there have been multiple "Project Runway" contestants over the years who have harped on clients during non-model challenges. In doing so, these contestants jeopardized their spot on the show and revealed their true natures. From Season 3 to Season 10, these "Runway" contestants earned the ire of their fans when they dissed their bigger-than-a-model clients.
Ven Budhu, Season 10In early episodes of Season 10, Ven appeared to be a consummate professional. Perhaps that early impression of businesslike decorum explains why so many fans were shocked by his behavior during the makeover challenge. Assigned randomly to work with a plus-sized woman, Ven was utterly, completely rude to his client. Some comments were subtly mean (like his repeated remarks about a black belt that was too short to fit around her waist) while others were outright cruel --"My client doesn't really have a shape. She doesn't have any sense of style whatsoever."
It's worth noting that his model was a size 14, which is on the cusp of plus size according to show mentor Tim Gunn. His model was beautiful, despite carrying some extra weight. Ven should have never made her cry. And Ven himself should be more sensitive to weight issues, given the fact he's not exactly a slim man himself.
Olivier Green, Season 9Olivier was a fairly recent fashion school grad when he appeared on "Runway," so perhaps he can be forgiven for not having much experience designing for women who weren't models. However, his attitude towards normal-sized women was unforgivable. In his "design for a real woman" challenge, he constantly complained about designing for a woman who had curves.
"I don't like a girl with boobs. I want her to be flat so it can work with the design. These boobs are really worrying me," he whined. His inability to sell realistic clothing and adapt to the challenge like a professional showcased his weakness, and he was out of the competition shortly after this challenge.
Michael D., Season 8In the sixth episode of Season 8, the designers had to design a fresh look for real world clients. The catch: they had to use an old bridesmaid's dress for the material. Michael D. got stuck with a plus-sized client wearing a garish pink dress.
"When you're designing for a woman who's a little bit more, um, vo-lump-tuous, it has a tendency to go really, really wrong," he whimpered in a catty confessional scene.
Given his poor attitude and disrespect for his client, it's not surprising that he was on the bottom for that challenge. His design actually made his client look larger than her regular clothes!
Jeffrey Sebelia, Season 3It's hard to tell whether Jeff's frustrations with the everyday woman challenge had more to do with his larger, older model, or if his issues stemmed from an ongoing feud with his model's daughter. Tasked with designing for Angela's mom, Jeff was frustrated at his inability to design to his normal rocker aesthetic. The final look wasn't flattering because Jeffrey wasn't as attentive or open-minded toward his client as he should have been.
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