'Project Runway': Heidi Klum bares all to promote Season 9

project-runway-s9.jpgThe new season of "Project Runway" will premiere in July with a tweak to the show's format, a new roster of guest judges and ...

Sorry, we're a little distracted by the promo image there. If your intention was to get us to notice the new season, Heidi Klum, then mission accomplished.

So, on to the particulars of Season 9: The show will begin with 20 contestants, the largest field it's ever had. Don't get too attached, though. During the premiere, all 20 designers have to make a case to Klum, judges Michael Kors and Nina Garcia and mentor Tim Gunn as to why they deserve a spot. Four of them will be sent packing right away, and the remaining 16 will begin "one of the toughest first challenges in the series' history" at dawn the next day.

Among this season's guest judges are Zoe Saldana, Malin Akerman, Kim Kardashian and Christina Ricci. Per usual, the competition culminates with the last remaining designers showcasing their work at New York Fashion Week.

"Project Runway" premieres at 9 p.m. ET Thursday, July 28 on Lifetime.
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