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Top 10 Project Runway Models: 5-10

Hey, bitches! You're probably dying to know our picks for the Top 10 PR
models of all time, right? Allons-y!


#10 - Marcia Mitchell - Season 4

In a season where the models were terribly under-utilized due to too many "real world" and guest model challenges, Marcia stood out, projecting poise and professionalism.

#9 - Nazri Segaro - Season 3

Those of our minions who have been with us from the very beginning know of our girl crush on Nazri. She's a striking stunner with a truckload of attitude. The only reason she didn't rate higher was because she basically has one look. It's a great look nonetheless.

#8 - Martinique Mitchell - Season 1

She could go from cute girl to sultry siren at the drop of a hat and her walk was like oil oozing down the runway.

#7 - Karalyn West - Season 5

If we were less imaginative writers, we'd say she had a "girl next door" look, but since she's the first white girl on the list, that would be ridiculously short-sighted of us. Ditto "all-American." Still, she had a range where she could go from approachably pretty to ice-blonde goddess depending on what she was wearing. Plus, she was fun.

#6 - Melissa Haro - Season 1

Ah, Melissa. What we loved about her was that she had the soul of a seen-it-all 40-year-old in the body of a wide-eyed 16-year-old. A deadly combination, to be sure.

Stay tuned for part 2!

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107 comments:

I LOVE Melissa! She is FIERCE! Remember her dancing on the table for Richard Johnson, editor of "Page Six"?

I miss season 1 SO MUCH, bitches.


I can't believe Nazri rated so low! Sure, it was one look, but that one look was AMAZING. (Like Allison on ANTM right now - it doesn't matter if you just have one look if it gets you booked.)


Already warming up my Arsenio dog-pound whoop for Grace, Rebecca, Marilinda, and Camilla.


Melissa was just in the 2009 Sports Illustrated issue. She is stunning.


" JackieO said...

Melissa was just in the 2009 Sports Illustrated issue. She is stunning."


I know, I saw it. She looks amazing.

Love love love the post (how I miss this show)!

Nazri was fierce but her walk wasn't that great. Just my opinion : )


Don't laugh... But, you know who was really good?

Yes. Morganza.


bitchybitchybitchy

ToddNY
4/22/09 1:34 PM I LOVE Melissa! She is FIERCE! Remember her dancing on the table for Richard Johnson, editor of "Page Six"?

OMG - how could one forget that scene? Richard Johnson should have been wearing a bib or drool bucket!

She worked the hell out of that suit!


Nazri ranked lower than Karalyn????

WHAT ARE YOU, CRAZY?????


Mariana (The Unoriginal)

Love it! Nazri ROCKS! Funny that Marcia and Martinique have the same last name.


I'll save my comments for Eden and Grace...

Here's a list idea for you, Boys...

Top 10 PR contestants/models that got the boot too soon...


Nazri should rank higher. She rocked!


My Beliefs of who should be top 5:
Jenny Toth, Grace Kelsey, Camilla Barungi, Marie Salter, Shannone Holt (in no particular order. If you don't remember, Marie was Kit's model is Season 4).

My Beliefs of who should have Honorable Mention:
Julia Beynon (Jay McCarroll)
Tarah Rodgers (Nick Verreos)
Danyelle Vilmenay (Andrae Gonzalo)
Rebecca Holliday (Daniel Vosovic)
Heather Brown (Santino Rice)
Lisa Nargi (Christian Siriano)
Lea Rannells (Sweet P Vaughn)
Tia Shipman (Leanne)
Nicole Zaager (Jerell Scott)


Either Grace or Camilla for #1!


Who's Camilla?


I hope Shannone from S5 is on this list. She wasn't on the show for long, but she worked it while she was!


" Anonymous said...

Who's Camilla?"


You've got to be kidding me.


Love the list, Tlo!


like someone else said - I miss season one...

Martinique was awesome. You guys nailed it when you said she was like oil on the runway.

And Melissa...oh my goodness how fabulous!

To quote the gay boys: "Underage model with a body built for sin acting like a whore! With 'grape juice!'"


Looooooooooooooove Melissa!!!


I see pictures of Karalyn every week on the wall of my daughter's dance studio where they feauture all their old students who have gone off and "made it" somewhere. So beautiful. Always makes me wish it wasn't so many months until the next installment of PR!


Camilla was Laura Bennett's model in season 3.


I always feel like I knew the Season 1 models the best (I can even name all of them), since they were a more integral part of the show. Martinique and Melissa were two of my favorites (along with Julia) not only because they were good models, but because they seemed to have fun with it! Granted, it's probably easier to have fun when your designer isn't dressing you like a fool, but still.


I couldn't agree more. I love these girls!

I'm calling it as Marilinda for the top spot.


Morganzaaaa!!!!


Nazri deserves to be way higher than #9. Girl was FIERCE with a capital F.


Please post the designer's name by the picture of the model. I cant remember who was maodeling for who.
Nazri is the only model so far that I think is Memorable. I look for her in photo shoots & wish she had been on ANTM or MMASM.


Don't forget Alex from season 5!!! Not only is she beautiful and graceful, she was a pleasure to work with and we have become good friends. Unfortunately for my fault, she didn't have too much time to shine...oops!
Jennifer


*gasp!*

Ninth? NINTH?!

*grumbling under my breath*


Camilla number 1 for sure.
Morgan a close 2.
GRACE THAT STUNNING CREATURE for 3
Rebecca (Daniel V's) for 4
Not sure for 5.

My prediction


Let's not forget Amanda from Season 3.


I hope Camilla is among the top3!!!

Nazri should be there too. She is stunning and the way she walks!!! My God, it's a pitty she is in #9. I disagree this time bitches!


Centaur1215 said...Please post the designer's name by the picture of the model. I cant remember who was maodeling for who. 4/22/09 3:07 PM

#10 - Marcia Mitchell - Season 4 - Chris March

#9 - Nazri Segaro - Season 3 - Mostly Michael Knight, started with Keith What's His Face and modeled for Uli in the finale.

#8 - Martinique Mitchell - Season 1 - Various, she walked for Austin Scarlett more than any other designer. I think she modeled for Austin's decoy collection at Bryant Park.

#7 - Karalyn West - Season 5 - Leanne Marshall, up until the point where she was eliminated. Modeled for Joe's decoy collection at Bryant Park.

#6 - Melissa Haro - Season 1 - Various, she walked for Wendy Pepper more than any other designer, including Wendy's finale collection at Bryant Park.


I really want to see Tia, Shannone, Grace, Camilla, and Marilinda to make up the top five. Any one could be number one, but they were all great walkers (Tia particularly, I swear she kept Suede out of the bottom two or three times and was the sole reason he won the green challenge), were beautiful, actually shaped like models (unlike many of the girls from later seasons), and most of them were nice personalities too.

Runners-up should be Rebecca, Eden, and Tarah.


Nazri-- Not in the top 5?????

TLo-- you got some 'splainin' to do!

Melissa !
I said this Season 1-- She's gonna either kill someone or rule the world by the time she's 25!

Can't wait to see Camilla's rating!


hmmm, if I were a betting gal, I'd say Amanda, Marilinda, Camille, Julia and Grace. Definitely Grace as #1. Not only is she a gorgeous, exotic creature, but she's got personality in spades!


:::sniff::::
I'm more than a bit disappointed that Nazri isn't ranked at least in the top five.
The most memorable of any of the models from any of the seasons, in my mind, are Nazri, Camilla, Grace and Amanda.


Who am I to argue with TLo, but for me...it's all about Nazri.


Love this, guys!

Melissa is amazing, so is Nazri!!!!


"StkrShock said...

:::sniff::::
I'm more than a bit disappointed that Nazri isn't ranked at least in the top five.
The most memorable of any of the models from any of the seasons, in my mind, are Nazri, Camilla, Grace and Amanda."


Sounds like you only watched Season 3 : )


Ooops...and S2 : )


I am glad you guys ranked Nazri #9. She's a good model and stood out in S3 but I think you hit the nail on the head. 1 look-1 fierce look but still only one. For me she had presence but I really couldn't understand why they were trying so hard to fight over her. Unlike Lea in S4 where the overall depth was subpar.

I think there are several choices for the upper 5. Certainly Grace has to be in there. She had the biggest runway creds going into S2. She really was doing them a favor by going on the show.

Also from season 2 Tarah and Rebecca are potential choices.

From S3 Amanda and Camilla. I dont think we can judge Amanda objectively though. She's a good model as proof by her 4th finale appearnce. But she's probably the model the fans are most personally contected to since she's given back so much to the PR community. Camilla's good too but honestly she's also got a narrow rep of looks and she seems to have only 1 walk. Again a fierce one that's a true signature walk (unlike Miss meangirl Jordan)

S1 to me has the greatest depth overall in models. You could add Jenny, Olga, Julia and even Morgan and a couple of the other girls. (She may have been a major drama queen but Morgan knew how to sell an outfit on the runway.) Unlike the later seasons the S1 designers juggled models pretty frequently. That said something about the overall caliber of those girls.

S4 and S5 really showed a drop in depth. Ergo why Lea and Shannone stand out. Lea is good, verstaile but not really that mindblowing. Shannone is fierce but not as versatile as I would like. Personally Tia left me indifferent

Frank


"Anonymous said...

To quote the gay boys: "Underage model with a body built for sin acting like a whore! With 'grape juice!'"



Oh, I forgot about that. What a hilarious post! WITH LIQUOR!!!!


OHMMYGOD! Why is Nazri just #9?

Guys, really?!

I don't know if she's on your list but one of my favorite models ever was Jenny (Kara Saun's). She had a lean body and just a natural vibe about her.

In my book, these models were also quite good:

Tarah
Grace
Camilla
Amanda
Lea
Shannone

Looking forward to Part 2!

And keep these Top 10 lists coming! Top 10 guest judges! Top 10 challenges! Top 10 quotes!


EspeciallyGay

Melissa looks HOT in that black and white photo.

Didn't Robert say something like "Melissa is 16 going on 30"?


They're all great, especially Melissa, Nazri and Karalyn.


YAY! Yes, Martinique is fabulous : )


Martinique should have been NUMBER ONE!


MORGANZA TOP 5 for sure!!!!


Melissa RULES!!!! And she's a wonderful friend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Don't forget to check her out in the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.


The tags are spoliers. *frown*

You are SO RIGHT about Melissa, but IA with Nazri's rating being low. I also cannot wait for Eden, Grace, and possibly Morganza.


GRACE FOR #1, BITCHES!


Nazri at #9?

I demand a recount!


Season 1:
The 3 Ms:
Martinique
Melissa!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Morgan!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Season 2:
Danyelle!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tarah

Grace - I personally don't get Grace, but so many people sing her praises, so there must be something I am missing.

Season 3:
Nazri!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Amanda - if you are counting Amanda's PR work after her season, she was particularly memorable in Korto's show. Also PR designers like Malan seem to like using her in their post-PR efforts.

Camilla - see comment about S2 Grace. On my end, I can't get Jubilee Jumbles off my mind.

Season 4:
Lea
Lisa

Season 5:
Tia

Shannone - despite having dropped out midway through.

Alex - I don't think she should be on the list, but it has been mentioned more than once that she was a great model. She looked great in some designs Stella did outside of PR.


Always been a big Melissa Haro! Cool list, TLO!


Morganza & Camille has to be on the top 5 list!

and whatshername, Jeffrey's model? She was fierce, I loved her!


Ah! I love this post! Can't wait for Part 2.


What about Marla's model? The one who wouldn't wear lingerie.


Anonymous 5:11 said:
"StkrShock said...

:::sniff::::
I'm more than a bit disappointed that Nazri isn't ranked at least in the top five.
The most memorable of any of the models from any of the seasons, in my mind, are Nazri, Camilla, Grace and Amanda."


Sounds like you only watched Season 3 : )

Nope, I watched all the seasons several times! (Love the marathons!). These just happen to be my favorites of all the seasons.
None of the others have really stuck in my mind! BTW, Grace was Chloe's model in Season 2.
Just saw your "oops" about Grace.
Another reason these gals stick in my mind is probably because of the designs they modeled.


This is a really great top ten list. Karalyn West is gorgeous, I can't wait to see Part 2 if you think there are prettier models. One you're finished, you can post this to our site http://www.toptentopten.com/ and then link back to your site. The coolest feature is you can let other people vote on the rankings of your list.


They are all so beautiful.. how can one choose?


LOVE. THEM. Can't wait for part 2!


Liking all the picks thus far. Glad to see Karalyn on there, but somehow surprised that Marcia came in at #10


Daniel V's Rebecca. So gorgeous. Fingers crossed!

Now how about a 10 WORST models? :) Would that be mean?


Nazri is only number 9
since when?
i'm glad Karolyn made the list, she was my favoritttttte
-indigo


Don't laugh... But, you know who was really good?

Yes. Morganza.
Yes! Crazier than a bag of nuts, but girl was good.


Captain Waring's Assistant

I also vote for Camilla from Season 3. She was elegance in action. I have no idea why you left her out.


My favorite is Grace. I like Lisa, PPS's model as well.. Martinique was the best model from season 1, but Melissa was great too.


Hooray, I love these top ten posts.

I pleased and surprised to see Karalyn made it. I always thought she was fabulous, but I felt like a voice in the wilderness.

And Martinique! And Melissa! and Marcia!

I agree that Morganza has to be there. As tragic as she was, she pwned Shannone during Kenley's finale show. The girl can walk.

And Grace has to be on the list as well. The way she worked Chloe and Emmett's reversible jacket was masterful.


They really should go back to the season 1 method of picking models. That makes the most sense, and that's the way to make it a competition for the models as well.


Melissa was definitely one of the best models of Season 1. Too bad she got paired up with Wendy and her tacky designs.

Great list, guys, I can't wait to see Part 2.

"And Grace has to be on the list as well. The way she worked Chloe and Emmett's reversible jacket was masterful."


Yup, I still remember that.


"Captain Waring's Assistant said...

I also vote for Camilla from Season 3. She was elegance in action. I have no idea why you left her out."


They're not done yet. You know, when they say "Stay tuned for part 2" they mean there's going to be more models.


Nazri would be my number one. Love her. She did frequently look like she could use a nap though.


#7 - Karalyn West - Season 5

She stared out with Judy Noodles so what happened to her as the season progressed?

Did she win the photo spread in Elle? I thought the winning model was African-American?

TampaBay


"a said...

Centaur1215 said...Please post the designer's name by the picture of the model. I cant remember who was maodeling for who. 4/22/09 3:07 PM

#10 - Marcia Mitchell - Season 4 - Chris March..."



Thank you, a : )


Martinique walked for Wendy Pepper. You can see pics (scroll all the way down) here.


Actually, Martinique walked for Austin Scarlett for most of the season.


"emilyecm said...

Actually, Martinique walked for Austin Scarlett for most of the season."


We meant for Bryant Park.


Sara said...

Now how about a 10 WORST models? :) Would that be mean?
*************************

Maybe I'm just a bleeding heart, but I would say it would be, um, unnecessary. It's an ego-crushing profession, even success usually has a short shelf life, and most of the models are too young to be fully emotionally mature. Calling out a ten worst seems gratuitous to me.


TampaBay said...
#7 - Karalyn West - Season 5

She stared out with Judy Noodles so what happened to her as the season progressed?

Did she win the photo spread in Elle? I thought the winning model was African-American?

TampaBay

4/23/09 9:39 AM

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Leanne's winning model was Tia Shipman, who is African American. Tia modeled for Suede most of the season, but Leanne took her before the RocknRunway challenge.


MORGANZA FOR #1!!!

...actually, my top 3 would have been Martinique, Melissa, and Grace, but Morgan has always been my guilty pleasure model.

I would love to see Amanda in the Top 5, but only based on how well she's done after her stint as a model on the show. To be honest, she was a HUGE pain (remember how she "got sick" every time her designer was in the bottom?) while she was on the show, and I didn't think she walked all that great. Of course, post-show, she has proven herself to be not only one of the best models to have ever been on PR, but also the most popular with PR designers, of any season.

And last, but not least, GOOD GOD Melissa is FIERCE in that black and white photo!


I may have loved Nazri more than you, but these are all fair choices. Can't wait to see where Morganza rates.


Grace, Morgan, Camilla : )


I disagree that Nazri only had one look. Her look for Uli was quite different than her look for Michael. I think she should have been higher. She is memorable.

I know everyone else loved Camilla, but I'd vote for Grace for 1 and Rebecca or Camilla for 2/3. I also really liked Tarah. Morgan and Amanda were fun, but maybe not as good of models.

I would never have thought that I'd remember so many of these models by name. Yikes. I need to watch less TV.


atelierboz@msn.com

Does anyone know if Martinique is still modeling and what agency she's signed to?


t.goodfellow said...


And Grace has to be on the list as well. The way she worked Chloe and Emmett's reversible jacket was masterful.
That and the pose she took at the end of the runway when wearing Chloe's ice skating costume. That was Un-Be-Lievable! I thought that TLo photoshopped it (for real).


I don't get the rabid Nazri fascination. She was good but I thought of many models before her. #9 sounds about right.

I think the top 5 need to include Camilla, Shannone (I STILL think of it as 'Sha-NO-nay' lol), Grace, Amanda, and Morgan. Not sure about the order, but I'd probably put Morgan at number. Sigh, I know, I know...


*I'd probably put Morgan at number 1, is what I meant. Oops.


potty mouth princess

Morganza was totally unprofessional. She had her moments on the catwalk, but late, or total no-shows are a liability in that business. Time is $$$$$.

OUT.

Knowing TLo, I think it's pretty obvious Camilla will be #1, but I LOVE GRACE. Her pre and post work is absolutely stunning. Girl is a total chameleon.


" Bailey said...

I don't get the rabid Nazri fascination. She was good but I thought of many models before her. #9 sounds about right."



Me neither. Fierce face, bad walker.


Having been here in a while, loving all the posts, Tlo!!


Sorry, I meant....I HAVEN'T been here...


Melissa is gorgeous! I'm so glad she's still modeling.


CAMILLA! CAMILLA! CAMILLA! CAMILLA!


I agree with whomever it was that said of Nazri, "So what if it's one look, if it's a look that books you gigs!"

I'm sure that's what Gabriel of MMASM is saying right about now.

Considering how much you guys used to salivate over her....I'm shocked you would put NAZRI at number NINE. There must be a hanging chad somewhere!

Also, I think it's cool and all for you guys to be sensitive about not calling the 1st white girl on the list "all-american" or "girl next door"...BUT...when your bottom 3 are all African-American and when one was the clear stand out from Season 3 (hence the Uli strategic swipe) and whom you frequently wrote about adoringly at length...well...let's just say there's a little disconnect...since it really just calls attention to what you didn't want to call attention to in the 1st place. I say this with warmth not scorn...but really. Anyways I figure it's Morganza for your #1.

Staying tuned!


"Also, I think it's cool and all for you guys to be sensitive about not calling the 1st white girl on the list "all-american" or "girl next door"...BUT...when your bottom 3 are all African-American and when one was the clear stand out from Season 3 (hence the Uli strategic swipe) and whom you frequently wrote about adoringly at length...well...let's just say there's a little disconnect...since it really just calls attention to what you didn't want to call attention to in the 1st place."

Jesus Christ. Talk about overthinking things.


Also, I think it's cool and all for you guys to be sensitive about not calling the 1st white girl on the list "all-american" or "girl next door"...BUT...when your bottom 3 are all African-American and when one was the clear stand out from Season 3 (hence the Uli strategic swipe) and whom you frequently wrote about adoringly at length...well...let's just say there's a little disconnect...since it really just calls attention to what you didn't want to call attention to in the 1st place. I say this with warmth not scorn...but really. Anyways I figure it's Morganza for your #1.

Staying tuned!

4/23/09 6:12 PM

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Before the resident racist arrives (and believe me, she will). Let me just say that I really don't think that race had anything to do with the rankings. They are not set in stone.

TLo are one of the most fair-minded, considerate bloggers on the net, and their measure of fabulousness transcends beyond things like race, color, religion, and definitely sexual preference.
:0)


...but I will add this:

Nazri was ranked TOO LOW!


Nazri is 9th? You must have done the math on this poll on 4/20 in a smoke-filled haze.

She's easily Top 3. It's just a fact. I just don't get it.


"Anonymous said...

Also, I think it's cool and all for you guys to be sensitive about not calling the 1st white girl on the list "all-american" or "girl next door"...BUT...when your bottom 3 are all African-American and when one was the clear stand out from Season 3 (hence the Uli strategic swipe) and whom you frequently wrote about adoringly at length...well...let's just say there's a little disconnect...since it really just calls attention to what you didn't want to call attention to in the 1st place. I say this with warmth not scorn...but really. Anyways I figure it's Morganza for your #1.

Staying tuned!"


a) TLo has proved many times that they do not see color when it comes to models or designers. Gosh, they even had a post celebrating all the Project Runway black models.

b) What do you mean bottom three? They haven't even announced their top 5. What if their top 5 are all black models? Don't you think you're overreacting here? Have you stop to think that THE MAJORITY picked so far are black? Of course not.

c) Just because they didn't rank YOUR favorite higher than #9 doesn't make them racist.


" CroqueMonsieur said...

"Anonymous said...

To quote the gay boys: "Underage model with a body built for sin acting like a whore! With 'grape juice!'"



Oh, I forgot about that. What a hilarious post! WITH LIQUOR!!!!"




I wish the designers would go out and get drunk again : )


"Bailey said...

I think the top 5 need to include Camilla, Shannone (I STILL think of it as 'Sha-NO-nay' lol), Grace, Amanda, and Morgan."


I agree 100%


"Jesus Christ. Talk about overthinking things."


YUP!


" Daniel said...

And last, but not least, GOOD GOD Melissa is FIERCE in that black and white photo!"



I am gay and my pants moved for her.


I CAN'T WAIT FOR PART 2, BITCHES!!!!


#8 - Martinique Mitchell - Season 1

Who did she model for?

Did she not model for two designer? If so how did this happen?

TampaBay


"TampaBay said...

#8 - Martinique Mitchell - Season 1

Who did she model for?

Did she not model for two designer? If so how did this happen?

TampaBay"



Martinique modeled for Austin until he was auf'd, then she was chosen by Wendy Pepper to model at Bryant Park.


why is nazri ranked so low and why the hell is karalyn west even on this list? bfrom what i remeber her walk was pretty akward. man that was a shocker


Did you queens just say "Allons-y"? I think I've fallen in love with you two more.


Love your site guys and thanks for making me #6 in the top 10 PR Models. Thanks to everyone else for the kind words about me. By the way I wasn't on the table lol and was dancing for my mom who was standing just left of the camera. Thanks again to all! xoxo

Best,
Melissa Haro

PS I'm not a little girl anymore ;)


Fave models:
Melissa (From season 1)
Julia (From season 1)
Rebecca (From season 2)
Nazri (From season 3)
Camilla (from season 3)
Martinique (from season 1)
Marilinda (from season 3)
Tarah (season 2)
Tia (season 5)





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