The ninth episode of Mission Runway Season 16 began off with a bang when designer Claire Buitendorp was disqualified for dishonest. Although the stunning second was teased through the premiere in August, it performed out much more dramatic than we may have ever imagined!
The craziness started throughout a judging session when designer Michael Brambila walked off stage in a match of emotion after Heidi Klum introduced Claire because the winner of that week’s problem (and a $25,00zero prize!) “This has by no means occurred within the historical past of the present,” mentor and total saint Tim Gunn stated. Michael doubled down on his frustrations backstage, telling producers, “I got here to play honest and there is not any equity on this recreation.”
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Although Claire performed dumb on the runway, the opposite designers — specifically Michael and Margarita Alvarez — confronted her within the inexperienced room afterwards. There it was revealed that the contestants had seen the Michigan native and her twin sister Shawn (who was eradicated the problem earlier than) utilizing a measuring tape within the lodge room to measure their very own garments, which might then be used as a reference within the workroom.
When Tim requested Claire level clean whether or not she ever used a measuring tape behind closed doorways, the 27-year-old admitted that she had. Tim then introduced that her actions had been thought-about dishonest and disqualified her from the present. Her $25,00zero prize was additionally rescinded. There was no substitute winner, however designer Batani-Khalfani was spared elimination.
The twins have but to touch upon the scandal publicly, however loads of viewers voiced their opinions on the ladies’ joint Instagram account. “Cheater. Your indignant angle once you get referred to as out and busted is nauseating. You each suck, certainly,” one commenter wrote, whereas one other stated, “These women cheated from day one. They felt entitled as a result of they had been twins. Shawn was fully ineffective with out Claire and Claire was knocking off everybody’s outfits.” Mission Runway airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. EST on Lifetime.
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