And then out of nowhere Demi Lovato visits the girls to talk about how people called her a fat whore when she was twelve. And so she's affiliated somehow with an organization called the Pacer Center that has a website called teensagainstbullying.org. I still don't understand who the fuck Demi Lovato is, because I'm old. But if she continues to wear that hideous jacket, she deserves all the bullying she gets. As Terra worries about her future in peril, we head to commercials.
Before we get to panel, there's a little film of the backstage pre-panel scene, which involves Tyra air-kissing a sequin-cloaked Andre Leon Talley and Nigel Barker, and welcoming fabulous guest judge Diane von Furstenberg. I do enjoy her, and am a little surprised that she's suffering these fools. Tyra introduces the judges to the girls when they enter, and mentions that, in addition to being a legendary designer, Diane is the president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). She goes over the exciting prizes again, too, and the girls drool and smile crazily.
Tyra explains the bullying theme of the photo shoot, and says that they're paying homage to every young person who's ever been bullied. That's everyone. I guess universally relatable themes are important. Lexie is up first for critique and proudly shows off her elf ears, which are totally covered in her picture. Her eyes look amazing, according to Nigel, and Diane likes the attitude inside that's showing up. Tyra says that's exactly what the exercise was, and Diane's totally like, "Well then let's call it a night and go have a nice rum punch." ALT says that Lexie looks great in the bikini, and Diane's right that the attitude she projects is killer.
Kacey is next, and explains to everyone what "oreo" means. Diane tells Kacey that she does, in fact, look like a Nubian queen, and that she's showing both strength and vulnerability. Tyra doesn't think she looks like a model, though, but could pass for a gorgeous athlete. FYI, Kacey still hasn't gotten contacts. Jane and her big square head are next. ALT says that her body is very, very gauche in her photo, but it's exciting to see her face. Jane has a lot of natural potential, according to Tyra, but needs to take it to the next level. Then there's Kayla, who talks about how freaking hard it was to be the gay girl in Rockford, Illinois. Her voice squeaks and squeaks as she says that it wasn't easy to look at the word "queer" on her body, but smiles when she tells the judges that her power word was "free." ALT thinks that her photo is beautiful. Diane says, "Free is the most beautiful word you could choose, because nothing is more important than freedom. And if you look for the freedom, then you will fly. And you look a little bit like you're just about to fly." How could they not play George Michael right now? But seriously, Diane's on to something -- Kayla does look like she's just about to fly. Also, Diane totally wants to give her a hug. So does ALT. Tyra tells Kayla that she photographs absolutely beautifully, and is only going to get better because she's out and proud and honest. She sends her back to the lineup with an enthusiastic, "Now go on back and be happy!" Top three for sure.