Picks and Pans Review: Models of the Runway

updated 09/14/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/14/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

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The latest edition of Tyra Banks' model search comes with a height restriction: All the girls are 5'7" or shorter. Hooray, Tyra. By elevating fashion's consciousness, you raise the world's consciousness! (In fact the contestants are unusually striking.) The first photo assignment isn't quite so lofty—the girls reinterpret their baby photos, which seems infantilizing—but the show's squealing silliness is also part of its appeal. Meanwhile, Lifetime, which has enjoyed good ratings with Project Runway, created a half-hour show about the designers' models. In the debut the models waited around to see who'd get dumped: a self-defeating mix of musical chairs and voguing.

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