Stacy-Ann hits the green carpet first, in a very flattering pink and gold dress. Lara asks Stacy-Ann if Tyra intimidates her. Stacy-Ann says that she loves Tyra. She is so not intimidated by Tyra that she can't even say the word "intimidating." Next is Anya, also in a pink creation. She says she should be America's Next Top Model because she's an inspiration and has a positive attitude. She brings a good energy to people. Like a human Red Bull, is Anya. She does seem very poised as she says it, but when you listen closely she makes absolutely no sense. I know you're as surprised as I am about that. But inspired and energized nonetheless. We see but don't hear Fatima, get a brief moment with Katarzyna, who looks gorgeous, and then have a moment to focus on Dominique. Lara asks Dominique who she's wearing. Dominique's answer? "Jay Giorgio." Awesome. There is a gong, and they're not even IN China, so you know this is bad, if less racist than usual.
Lauren is next, and is forced to tell Lara Spencer that she cut her thumb off. Lara asks Lauren why she should be America's Next Top Model, and Lauren says she could kick the shit out of those girls anytime. So her secret stank is located somewhere other than her thumb tip! Good to know. Lara is scandalized. Next we have Whitney, who is wearing a shiny blue trash bag that's cut to the navel. It makes her look huge, and like her boobs are unevenly placed. Maybe that's what Jay Godfrey was going for with this particular look. Lara asks Whitney why she should be America's Next Top Model, and Whitney replies that the majority of women in America eat regularly, and it's important to represent the country that you're representing. I feel like that came directly from my George W. Bush quote-a-day countdown calendar. She is currently representing the Gorgs' Garden. Thank you for your wisdom, Madame Heap.
With the green carpet conquered, the girls must take on the party. They meet up with Jay Godfrey, who wants them to showcase how beautiful they look and make him proud. We glance for a moment on Cycle 8 winner Jaslene before cutting to Lauren talking to Ric Ocasek about punk music. She wants to prove that punk rock girls are beautiful, too. Just be yourself, she says. It helps when "yourself" is as gorgeous as she is. She looks fly. Anya talks to Ann Shoket and Jay Manuel about how much she loves New York, even though it was tough transitioning to the weather. She admits in an interview that she was nervous and tense, even though she's playing it cool. Whitney tells another party goer that she has a lot of family in Texas. They ask where, and Whitney doesn't know since she's never been there. You really wouldn't want to get too many specifics on Cousin Shelley, either. Whitney interviews that it's very important for a top model to be noticed. If you don't stand out, you get nowhere. When she leaves the Texan group Nigel asks, "What was that about?" Standing out at all costs.