It turned out that Claire was unfairly recreating designs, according to fellow contestant Margarita Alvarez. After the situation was explained to Heidi, judges Zac Posen and Nina Garcia as well as guest judges and Sophia Stallone, Heidi stood by the initial result and announced that contestant Batani-Khalfani was out.
In the waiting room, Michael tried to explain to Claire that he’s just overly passionate about design and wanted everyone to play fair, before Claire unexpectedly outed herself. She admitted she measured a tank top for the Good and Evil challenge, much to her own downfall. Tim Gunn, who entered the room shortly after, caught Claire red handed.
Tim confronted Claire over the cheating scandal by asking her, “Is it true that you’ve had a measuring tape in your room?” and “Is it true that you’ve been measuring garments in your room?” to which Claire answered yes to both questions. “All right, Claire, we must rescind your win and send you home,” Tim said.
And just like that, Claire was eliminated. Batani returned to the competition and Brandon was named the winner of the challenge.
“I’m very regretful that I even considered holding onto something I shouldn’t have had,” Claire said of her being booted. ” ‘Project Runway’ has been something I wanted to be a part of since I watched it when I was in my early teens. These are the worst possible circumstances to leave this competition. But that’s how my story’s going to end.”
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