Kim Kardashian, Ivanka Trump, and More Controversial 'Project Runway' Judges

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FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2012 file photo Singer Kanye West and girlfriend Kim Kardashian attend Gabrielle's Angel Foundation 2012 Angel Ball cancer research benefit at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. Kanye West can pass down that leather skirt to his future child: He and Kim Kardashian are expecting a daughter. The big reveal of the baby's sex came Sunday night, June 2, 2013 on Kardashian's E! reality show, "Keeping Up With the Kardashians." (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
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FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2012 file photo Singer Kanye West and girlfriend Kim Kardashian attend Gabrielle's Angel Foundation 2012 Angel Ball cancer research benefit at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. Kanye West can pass down that leather skirt to his future child: He and Kim Kardashian are expecting a daughter. The big reveal of the baby's sex came Sunday night, June 2, 2013 on Kardashian's E! reality show, "Keeping Up With the Kardashians." (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Over the years, "Project Runway" has featured a diverse array of guest judges. Some have been praised by fans, while others (like Kim Kardashian and Ivanka Trump) have been panned. From actresses to icons, the following people are some of the most controversial guest judges in "Project Runway" history.

Kim Kardashian

The woman that nearly every woman in America loves to hate, Kim Kardarshian is a polarizing figure at the best of times. As a guest judge on "Project Runway" Season 9, Kim was truly controversial. She might be a well-dressed style icon, but many fans of the show felt that her fashion pedigree just wasn't solid enough to make her worthy of a spot in the judge's chair.

Moreover, it seemed like the challenge she was judging was a weird fit for her background. She would have been more at home judging a red-carpet challenge or a party-dress challenge, rather than the Battery Park stilt-walking challenge.

Even "Runway" icon Tim Gunn doesn't have much respect for Kardashian. In a recent interview, Gunn was asked who he would rather dress: Kate Middleton or Kim Kardashian.

"I won't take Kim Kardashian under any circumstances," he responded.

Ivanka Trump

Way back in Season 3, Ivanka Trump was the guest judge on the doggie-fashion challenge. The designers had $150 to create a look for their model, along with a matching look for a dog. It was a bit of a strange challenge for the fashionistas, and Ivanka Trump seemed like a weird arbiter of doggie fashion.

Lauren Graham

Actress Lauren Graham ruffled more than a few feathers when she was the guest judge for the Season 10 premiere. When Lauren tried to defend the looks put forth by designer Beatrice, Heidi snapped at her! Sorry, Lauren, but it's never a good idea to argue with Ms. Klum. On "Runway," Heidi is the boss.

Jessica Simpson

The Season 8 finale featured comments from guest judge Jessica Simpson. But not every "Runway" fan thought that Jessica was qualified to pass judgment on the designs of others, especially when the dress she wore to the runway show was a shapeless, sparkly frock that did little to flatter her figure. Prior to the "Runway" finale, Simpson had made headlines when she wore a particularly unflattering pair of "mom jeans" at a performance, further damaging her fashion cred.

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