Laura - or any other girl - can't help how the producers edit the footage. I don't care whose parents make a lot of money and whose don't. While that may make for an interesting show, it doesn't have anything to do with who's a better model.
Like several judges said during final panel, Laura could make a ton of money as a commercial model. While it's not as glamorous as high fashion, it often pays better. I can see Laura going Guess and several other large retailers and I can definitely see her in the SI swimsuit edition.
Comparing any other season to this one isn't fair because this is the only time the viewers have gotten a vote. Laura won because she got higher scores from the fans AND the judges. Leila was eliminated by the judges and got put back in the competition by the fans. This scoring system, I think, left less wiggle room as to the eliminations. The judges had to give the girls scores on each "event," so they couldn't just give it to a girl they liked, as they did with Ann. All they could do is add up the numbers. Tyra told Leila that if she had done better at the runway show, it's possible she would have won.
I like this scoring system, actually. It gives a much clearer picture of why girls got eliminated and why they didn't.