The girls get their first Tyra Mail, which is cause for great excitement. It says, "Your rise to the top begins in Hollywood. Love, Tyra." The girls scurry off to the Hollywood and Highland Center, home of the Academy Awards. The Jays meet them there. Miss J. sports a Louise Brooks bob and tells the girl that this cycle the stakes are raised extremely high. Jay Manuel explains that they'll be walking in a Diane von Furstenberg runway show. Ah, wrap dress of my soul! But, the Jays explain, the stakes are extremely high in a literal way. They point up to a runway suspended four stories above the ground. It's clear, which is the second scariest part. The third scariest part is that the girls will have to do their own hair and makeup. I guess no one's really going to be able to see them anyway, so it doesn't make that much difference.
The girls head upstairs to get ready, and there's a total product placement for some sort of curling iron slash straightening device slash brush in one. I don't know that this is the most effective product placement, however, since we don't actually get the product brand. They should take some tips from The Biggest Loser. Although if Jennie-O turkey shows up on Top Model, I'm retiring from recapping for good. The girls get harnessed, which is a disappointment. Sara's with me, saying that she thought the deal was that if you fall, you die. It would save the trouble of an elimination ceremony, and wouldn't even be that much mess to clean given how skinny these girls are. Maybe we could start a petition for next season.
With everyone in full hair, makeup, and wardrobe, Jay tells the girls that it's all about confidence. The Jays give a quick introduction to the crowd that's gathered below (who are primed for some serious upskirt views) and it's time for the show to begin! Ann is first to go, and tells us that she's afraid of heights, which is ironic since she's so tall. Her fear is completely apparent on the runway, as is her utter inability to walk in heels. She manages not to plummet to her death, though, so I guess that's a victory. Jay tells us that she was nervous-looking and awkward the whole time. Lexie is next, and tells us that the runway is actually really unstable and kind of sways from side to side as they walk. You can actually see it bounce if you really look. As she walked, Lexie as wondering what would happen if she fell. Tears. Of laughter. And frankly, I think the producers of this show missed a golden opportunity to combine this with last season's swinging pendulum runway challenge.