For the first time in “Project Runway” history — including both “All Stars” and the original series — the final five designers are all men: Edmond Newton, Fabio Costa, Anthony Williams, Stanley Hudson and Ken Laurence. That was a statistically improbable outcome given that women outnumbered men nine-to-seven at the start of the season. The only men eliminated were Carlos Casanova and Joshua McKinley. So we asked our readers what they thought of the lopsided victory for the male designers. Did the judges get it right, or did the women deserve better? Scroll down for our complete poll results at the bottom of this post.
Our respondents actually thought the judges did a good job picking the final five. A slight majority (53%) said the remaining designers really are the best of the best. That’s a little surprising given how passionately our readers have disagreed with some eliminations, including Amanda Valentine and Helen Castillo. Of course, it’s impossible to know what the early eliminated designers could have produced if they had stuck around. Ari South and Kimberly Goldson in particular had promising results early on, but both were sent home on their very first low scores.
But was it sexism that befell the female designers? A hefty 47% of readers thought the women deserved better marks from the judges, but only 13% believe their shortfall was discriminatory. The other 34% thought the women were underappreciated, but not because of sexism on the part of the judges. Do you agree with our poll results? And who do you think has the edge to win as the season nears the home stretch?
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