Can someone please explain?

I’m an avid watcher of Project Runway… I think it’s a relevant and engaging reality competition – the focus is on clothes creation as much as it is on the interaction between contestants. During last night’s challenge, for example, the designers created a post-graduation makeover look for six recent college graduates, with their mothers (the graduates’ not the designers’) overseeing the process. The goal was to create a fresh, young professional outfit in which the girls felt sophisticated and age-appropriate while still being classic enough to garner the mothers’ approval.

But here’s an aspect of the show that I never understood: the models. Usually, although – ironically – not for last night’s challenge, the designers are paired with models who wear the outfits in a runway show that is the basis for each week’s judging. The “winning” model (the one who is paired with the winning contestant at the end of each season) is awarded a spread in Elle Magazine along with some other prizes that are escaping me at the moment.

What I can’t grasp is how it is a competition for the models as well – it seems more like a luck crapshoot.

The models can’t really do anything to affect their participation and are not at fault when their designer is voted “out” by Heidi and her crew of judges.

Maybe there’s something I’m missing, nut I think they should remove that aspect of the show…