Fans agree this fashion reality show towers above the rest

When “Project Runway” was first broadcast in 2004, Heidi Klum single-handedly managed to brush up on her German for fashionistas and reality show fans from all over the world. With a simple double air kiss, she eliminated the losers of each challenge, sending them off with a good-bye in a blithe manner only she could pull off. Though she most likely saw great fashion, good fashion, and maybe even questionable fashion, both Klum and her “Project Runway” co-host Tim Gunn decided to leave in 2020 and join Amazon’s “Making the Cut.” Speaking about her decision to leave Runway behind, Klum told Variety, “We wanted to make a show that was not just for the audience to watch, but also for the shop and have and immerse yourself in the real world.”

Reality shows about fashion have certainly evolved over the years; Klum himself admitted to Variety that it’s no longer just about fashion, it’s also about building a brand. However, there seems to be one reality fashion show that stands above the rest in fans’ minds, according to a new poll by Nicki Swift.

America’s next top model is ahead of the game

According to a poll conducted by Nicki Swift, over 29% of 582 readers believe “America’s Next Top Model” was the best fashion reality show of all time. The Heidi Klum-led “Project Runway” took second place with 28% (165), while “Rupaul’s Drag Race” took third place with 21% (125) of the vote. Making The Cut came in second with 12% (74), while Next in Fashion rounded out the top 5 fashion reality shows, with 7% (45) of voters believing the show topped the rest .

And while much has been said about how Banks was reportedly behind the scenes on America’s Next Top Model, the show’s former host says there was a time when she walked away from almost everything. Banks told Entertainment Weekly in 2017, “Many years ago I was stressed about starting new businesses… I went to [my lawyer] and I was like, you know what, I’m ready to bring someone else.”

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Luckily, Banks didn’t leave the show and hosted the show until its 24th and final season. As she even told the New York Times in 2008, “You always want to end with a big ending. That’s a way they’ll always remember you.” Judging by how many fans miss the show, there’s no denying that Banks ended things big.