After the break, Tyra talks to the girls backstage. She asks Krista what makes her extra special, and why she should win. Krista says that she has a great walk, and brought her personality to it. She didn't go crazy, because she didn't want to be fake. Tyra then asks Krista if she felt pretty growing up. Krista gets a little teary as she says that she didn't always feel like she was pretty, but in high school she discovered who she was. If she wins the competition, she wants to go out and talk to dark skinny girls who don't think they're pretty. Krista says that she's as imperfect as anyone else, but she loves herself. She wants other people to see that in her, so they know that they can do the same thing. It's really easy once you find who you are, she says. Tyra tells Krista that her calling is bigger than herself. She's showing girls who look like her that they're beautiful. Krista says that she knows how hard it is to be a dark, skinny girl, and so wants to go out and be an inspiration to all the supermodels-in-training who currently suffer from low self-esteem.
Tyra then asks Raina how she thinks she did. Raina thinks she did well, and says that it was one of the first times that she really let loose and had fun. Tyra asks how it feels to get so far in the competition. Raina says that even two years ago, she could have never walked on a runway. She feels like she's transformed into a model. Tyra clearly isn't getting what she wants, so asks Raina to talk about when she felt the lowest. Raina says that she was picked on a lot as a tall, gangly, big-lipped and big-eyebrowed girl. Tyra jumps all over this, saying that it's the different and odd things that make us beautiful. Unless you're talking, like, a third arm. Though imagine the wonders you could do with a jacket then! Raina used to be insecure, but now she's become a super-confident model. Pretty people loving themselves! Victory.
And then we're at panel! From the waist up, Tyra looks amazing. She's wearing a violet strapless contraption that goes severely straight across her collarbone. She says that Krista and Raina look absolutely stunning, and today all the dreck is gone. Wait until we pan down on Tyra. The dreck remains in the form of an oddly puffy crotch. Now we can all have nightmares of murderous jumpsuits throughout the summer. But back to our finalists. Both girls have come so far -- from Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and Minnetonka, Minnesota, respectively. There are prizes -- a contract with Wilhelmina Models, a six-page spread and cover of Seventeen, and a $100,000 contract with Cover Girl. There are judges -- Nigel Barker, Andre Leon Talley, and Miss J. Alexander in a very feathery hat.