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NEW YORK (AP) -- Let the sew-off begin: After a massive delay, "Project Runway" is revealing its new batch of aspiring fashion designers.

Until now, they lurked in the shadows, prematurely sidelined by a legal battle over the popular design-challenge series, which began on Bravo but ended up in the hands of Lifetime.

As the female friendly network prepares for the Aug. 10 premiere, the 16 contestants' diverse faces and backgrounds are ready for launch. Three of them hail from Russia, Bosnia and the Republic of Georgia. One lists his favorite designer as "himself" and inspiration as "the farmers of rural China." Another claims the first garment she ever sewed was her very own wedding dress.

Season 6 takes place in Los Angeles. Heidi Klum returns as host.