'Project Runway' fans slam judges' for crowning Shantall winner: 'Prajje was robbed'
'So, they gave the win to the person whose design incorporates the fewest flowers?? Makes no sense to me. #ProjectRunway,' wrote a fan
With $250,000 prize money at stake, the designers on 'Project Runway' have to really prove to the judges that they are worthy of winning the coveted prize money. Each week the designers are tasked with various interesting yet exciting challenges that tests their designing and execution skills. While the winner of the challenge gets immunity for the next challenge, the losing designers' journey on the show comes to an end. It's week four on 'Project Runway' Season 19 and the challenges are increasingly getting difficult.
The designers were tasked with the challenge of designing a floral print to create a high-end runway look. They had two days to not only design the fabric but also put together a runway-worthy look. The designers wasted no time in finding inspiration for their fabric and working with a graphic designer to bring their inspiration to life. From deconstructed poppy flower to bold patterned floral designs, the designers left no stone unturned while conjuring ideas for their floral designs on the fabric. in the end, the designers presented their final looks to the judges- Nina Garcia, Brandon Maxwell, Elaine Welteroth, and guest judge Gigi Hadid.
Unlike her fellow designers who made bold floral prints the central focus of their outfit, designer Shantall Lacayo downplayed it with her minimalist take on the theme. The Nicaraguan designer was inspired by her childhood memory of small floral prints in square patterns for her design. She used a navy blue and lilac checkered pattern with a small yellow floral design in the squares as the design of her fabric and created a three-piece suit. The judges had to pay really close attention to find the floral print but were pretty impressed by the tailoring and her unique take on the theme.
On the other hand, her fellow designer- Prajje Oscar Jean-Baptiste went all out with floral print on his fabric and designed a stunning gown that was deemed as one of the best designs of the evening. When it was finally for the judges to pick a winner, the judges were divided between Shantall's minimalist take and Prajje's bold look. They eventually picked Shantall's design as the winner as it was unique and fresh.
Fans however were unhappy with the judges' decision as they felt that Shantall's design didn't incorporate the floral design much while the theme was florals. A fan tweeted, "So the one that had barely any floral on a challenge for floral print wins? #ProjectRunway." Another fan wrote, "How the hell did Shontel just win a floral challenge when her design had no floral?!?! #ProjectRunway #PrajjeWasRobbed." "So, they gave the win to the person whose design incorporates the fewest flowers?? Makes no sense to me. #ProjectRunway," added a fan.
So, they gave the win to the person whose design incorporates the fewest flowers?? Makes no sense to me. #ProjectRunway— TypsyGypsyDance (@TypsyGypsyDance) November 5, 2021
Many fans felt that Prajje should have been named as the winner of the challenge. A fan expressed, "They stole that win from Prajjee! just because Shantale got a kid with a birthday and a sad ass story. Prajjee took the challenge and ran with it. I'm almost calling discrimination! Hell they kept a dude on that had Bones do an outfit for him and BOTH looks won #ProjectRunway." "Definitely think Prajjé should have won but ok. #ProjectRunway," echoed a fan. Another fan expressed similar thoughts with, "Prajje was robbed. Plain and simple on this FLORAL challenge #ProjectRunway."
They stole that win from Prajjee! just because Shantale got a kid with a birthday and a sad ass story. Prajjee took the challenge and ran with it. I'm almost calling discrimination! Hell they kept a dude on that had Bones do an outfit for him and BOTH looks won #ProjectRunway— Tracey (@TeeBaby4eva) November 5, 2021
Prajje was robbed. Plain and simple on this FLORAL challenge #ProjectRunway— ᴘᴏᴛᴘᴏᴜʀʀɪ ᴍᴇʟᴏᴅɪᴇꜱ☘ (@PotpourriTalks) November 5, 2021
'Project Runway' Season 19 airs every Thursday at 9/8c on Bravo.