Next there's Bianca, who tells us that she has presence, confidence, and an aura about her. She was in an abusive relationship, and one day, after waking up with marks all over her face from a beating, she decided to shave her head completely. That may sound trivial, but anyone who's undergone a major change in look -- particularly regarding hair -- at the time of a transformative or traumatic life event knows what she's talking about. Bianca gets teary as she talks about getting herself back.
And then there's math major Brittany, who apparently has loved math since she was three. She tells Tyra and the Jays that she's very analytical about her own face, and knows all of her planes and curves and coordinates. Tyra is skeptical, and reminds Brittany that fashion is also about the arts, and there's a romantic side to it. Brittany interviews that she lives in the basement of the library and studies for 10 hours a day. I think the combination of mold and lack of sunlight has led her to this moment. Adding a Top Model victory to her academic accomplishments would be a great source of pride for Brittany, because she's in the early stages of a Beautiful Mind-style nervous breakdown.
And then there's Sundai, who squeals and screams her way into the room. Tyra first has Sundai pull back her hair, which I'm guessing is so that we'll be able to see the tears more clearly. Tyra asks Sundai about her childhood, and Sundai explains that it was all pretty hard. Her dad left when she and her sister were very young, and though her mom and sister are great now, both of them were evil before. Sundai's mom used to beat her and her sister, and once it was so bad that they ended up in foster care. Eventually, they were adopted. Her voice quavers as she says that being in the orphanage was the worst part. Instead of treated, she got tricked. Instead of kisses, she got kicks. But somehow, she managed to become a good person instead of a bad one. She reminds us that she always dreamed of modeling to fill the emptiness inside, but being so short it's almost impossible. Until Tyra Warbanks came along! Commercials.