"Project Runway" is a wildly successful reality TV series. In addition to 10 regular seasons, the show has also spawned a spin-off series ("Project Accessory"), an All Star season, and many "Runway"-inspired shows in over a dozen countries around the world.
Part of what makes "Runway" work is host and judge Heidi Klum. Her bubbly personality and critical eye combine to make her a uniquely appealing reality TV personality. If you need proof of how the "Runway" format falls apart without Klum at the helm, take a look at the All Star season where Klum stepped aside and let Angela Lindvall take over as host. Granted, the judges and mentors also changed during the All Star season, but Lindvall stuck out as somewhat awkward host.
Just because Lindvall doesn't work out, though, doesn't mean that "Runway" couldn't go on for decades, even if Klum backed out of the series. Here are some of the models who could inject fresh life into the "Runway" format if Klum ever left the show. Each one has the star power to attract millions of viewers.
Adrianne CurryVivacious, fun-loving, and with a ton of TV experience under her belt from multiple VH1 projects, Curry was the very first winner of "America's Next Top Model." She mirrors Klum in terms of kindness, as well as her critical eye and willingness to give frank opinions.
Tyra BanksThere's probably no model better known than Tyra, at least in the U.S. She's busy with a ton of her own TV properties, but she'd be a logical choice to take over "Runway" simply because of how well-known she is. As seen on "America's Next Top Model," Banks excels at both supportive critiques and laying the smackdown when needed.
Gisele BundchenShe's blonde, she's beautiful, she's famous, and she's got a cute accent. In a lot of ways, that makes her like a younger Heidi Klum. Perhaps she could preside over another "design for a football player" challenge.
Elle MacPhersonNot many women look as good as Elle when they're about to hit the big 5-0. She was the host of NBC's "Fashion Star," so she has the chops to be a charming on-camera personality. Prior to that, she hosted "Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model."
Tyson BeckfordWhy couldn't the host of "Project Runway" be a man? Male model and actor Tyson Beckford actually has prior TV experience: He was the host of both seasons of the Bravo program "Make Me a Supermodel." Given the large gay audience that tunes in to "Runway" every week, some male eye candy actually makes a lot of sense and brings some much-needed testosterone to what is often a catty environment. Plus, there really needs to be a "Zoolander"-inspired challenge.
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