I agree about the candids comment from tinderbox. But the judges are always making inane comments based on criteria of their own choosing so..
I read that Emma Watson was giving up her clothing line as it didn't sell. Sophie did model for it. She and Emma are childhood friends and they were even roommates in London when the season of BNTM that Sophie was on was airing.
I never saw BNTM so this was my first exposure to Sophie. I do think Laura's pictures were overall better but Sophie was more of the complete package. I think Cover Girl plays a big role in the final voting and I think Sophie was clearly better than Laura in the commercial and in the print ad.
I actually liked the final runway so I guess I'm in the minority there.