Woah woah woah. I don't know you, but I don't think you are anyone to knock Ms.Banks.
She's pretty over the hill now, for a model, and if she's still booking jobs, good on her. She sings, she dances, she acts, she models, and for you to say she dosen't know anything about the industry is ludacris. Janice Dickinson is a bestselling author, due to her memoirs on her life of modelling. She's respected by a lot of top designers, and I believe she still does some novelty runway work. So boo! Although I've come to detest Nigel, he's still a noted fashion photographer, and it's good to have his input there as well. Not to mention they had the fashion editors of magazines as judges aswell. They don't just hire people for the job of fashion editor of a magazine for nothing... they obviously knew what they were doing when they got the job, so I belive their input is crucial.
Now that i've defended the judges lets look at the modeling aspects. SI is a joke compared to ANTM. NEXT model management certainly is a joke to the representation most of the Top Model allumni have received. The one million dollar contract is nice though, especially for only 5 photoshoots to judge a winner on. I think the SI representives are off their rockers honestly... If I was a casting director, i'd want to see 20, if not more flawless photographs... and 5? please. The runway show was sick... I'm a huge fan of runway, and I find men (like myself) who are into runway are gung ho about it, and notice every flaw a model makes. So I was very excited to see the runway show, especially after showing the girls do runway in the first episode (where they rocked it) I have to say, I was horribly dissappointed. They didn't even wear heels, and the whole runway idea was a horrible ripoff of the Manhunt runway episode (which was equally as mortifying), with the idea of putting a runway on water.
I like the show and everything, but it's so... It's such a game show, it really is. They take a bunch of girls who are basically all perfect model perportions and put them in pointless competitions (like beach vollyball and surfing) to see which ones will last the longest. the girl who's lucky enough to make it to the final episode and show enough clevage to reel in a good vote wins? pathetic. SI dosen't even compare to Top Model.
And with that said, I have to admit I do love both shows, and SI is a respected magazine.