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Models of the Runway

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Models of the Runway
Created byEli Holzman
StarringHeidi Klum
Tim Gunn
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes28
Running time30 minutes (including commercials)
Production company(s)Bunim/Murray Productions
Heidi Klum Productions
Full Picture Entertainment
Miramax Television
The Weinstein Company Television
Original networkLifetime
Original releaseAugust 20, 2009 (2009-08-20) –
April 22, 2010 (2010-04-22)
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Models of the Runway was a television series on the Lifetime network. It was an offshoot of Project Runway appearing each week during seasons when Project Runway aired, generally immediately following the broadcast of the latest episode, and following the experiences of the fashion models on Project Runway, focusing on their social interactions and weekly eliminations. It ran for two seasons and like Project Runway it was hosted by Heidi Klum.


The models are housed together throughout each season. Consequently, many friendships, some conflicts, and occasional animosities can be observed. Also, because fashion modeling is a competitive occupation, Models of the Runway examines rivalries among the models, relationships with the fashion designers, cosmetic techniques, and individual personalities, as well as career histories and aspirations.

Near the end of each show, a selection process occurs, during which Project Runway fashion designers choose which model they wish to work with for the week. All of the models stand in a runway lineup with Heidi Klum in the center, while the designers sit on the ground floor facing them. The models appear by wearing the same outfit (barefoot and a short black shift dress). The sequence by which designers select models is based upon how high they scored during the preceding episode's design competition as well as random pick from a bag: The winning designer has first pick, the runner-up selects second, the lowest-scoring designer picks last, etc. Because there is one more model than the number of designers at the beginning of the selection process, one model remains unpicked at the end, and will be sent home. Thus, the surviving designer with the lowest score during the previous week plays the most important role in determining which model will be eliminated.

The scene when the just-eliminated fashion designer meets with the models is often poignant, since the model associated with that designer has a strong likelihood of leaving soon. The closing sequences of each program also tend to be tear-evoking, as the surviving models gather around the eliminated model and bid her farewell. Tim Gunn also appears during the final scenes, typically complimenting the model and reminding her that she must promptly pack up and head home. It was announced that Models of the Runway will not return for a third season. Instead, Austin Scarlett and Santino Rice are starring in their own show "On the Road with Austin and Santino".


Season 1 models (Season 6 of Project Runway)

Name Age From Place finished
Yosuzi Sylvester 21 Venezuela 16th
Erika Macke Las Vegas, Nevada WITHDREW
Erica Milde 23 Chicago, Illinois 14th
Valerie Roy 27 New York, New York 13th
Erica Wiltz 29 12th
Fatma Dabo 25 Gambia 11th
Vanessa Fitzgerald 20 New York, New York 10th
Tara Egan 21 Chicago, Illinois 9th
Ebony Jointer 19 Hacienda Heights, California 8th
Celine Chua 28 Singapore 7th
Kojii Helnwein 25 Ireland 6th
Katie Sticksel 22 Los Angeles, California 5th
Matar Cohen 24 Shoham, Israel[1] 4th
Lisa Blades Los Angeles, California 3rd
Tanisha Harper Phoenix, Arizona 2nd
Kalyn Hemphill 19 New York, New York 1st

Season 2 models (Season 7 of Project Runway)

Name Age From Place finished
Kelly Gervais 19 Livingston, New Jersey 16th
Elizaveta Melnitchenko Austria 15th
Sophia Lee 26 Taiwan 14th
Sarah Bell 22 Cincinnati, Ohio 13th
Kasey Ashcraft 24 Salisbury, Maryland 12th
Megan Davis 19 Des Moines, Iowa 11th
Alexis Broker 25 Denver, Colorado 10th
Alison Gingerich 23 Cincinnati, Ohio 9th
Holly Ridings 24 Roscoe, Illinois 8th
Valeria Leonova 23 Russia WITHDREW
Cerri McQuillan Ireland 6th
Monique Darton 24 Brainerd, Minnesota 5th
Brittany Oldehoff 20 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 4th
Brandise Danesewich 32 Canada 3rd
Lorena Angjeli 20 Albania 2nd
Kristina Sajko 29 Croatia 1st

See also


Boston Herald; One Herald Square; Boston, MA 02118 "Heidi Klum struts into eighth season with 90-minute ‘Project’" By Amy Amatangelo, Thursday, July 29, 2010 Excerpt: "She did concede that Lifetime’s decision to give “Runway” another half-hour might have something to do with the cancellation of “Models of the Runway,” the 30-minute show that followed the catwalkers who wore the contestants’ designs"

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