Amanda is first. Her kimono is gorgeous. She whips out a fan at the end of her walk, which Tyra likes. Janice tells Amanda that she is delicate like the bonsai butterfly. Is that a real thing? Whether or not such a creature exists, you know Amanda's all over it and will, in fact, probably give her next child that moniker. Oh, little Sai Fly. Your mother is a loon. In any case, Amanda actually does look pretty good. She has her hair pulled back and is wearing a flattering shade of red lipstick (which I'm sure smells like cupcakes). Tyra introduces Amanda's photo and reiterates that the concept of the shoot was "modern meets traditional." The judges love Amanda's photo, and it is in fact quite good. I know, I know. I'm softening on Amanda. She got big points this week for staying out of Ann and Eva's business. Tyra says that the shoot's photographer said that Amanda seemed timid and needed to gain personality. Nigel concurs, and tells Amanda that she needs the sparkle that makes a photographer interested and inspired.
Next is Ann, who kind of struts, as much as one can strut in a kimono. She so wants to beat Eva. Kyoko says that Ann's walk is powerful, which is fine for jeans but not for a kimono. Ann's photo comes up on the big screen, and Janice criticizes her pose. She says that the Statue of Liberty looks better. And Janice knows of what she speaks, mostly because of her own familiarity with wretched refuse. She lifts her lamp beside the golden door, if you know what I mean. The judges say that Ann's headshot is good, but that a photograph must be judged on the whole package.
Next is Yaya, who does what appears to be the motions for "I'm a little teapot short and stout" at the end of the runway. Nigel says that Yaya will be one of Kyoko's favorites because of how well she shuffles. Let Kyoko speak for herself, you bully. Nigel's only criticism is that he saw very little Yaya. Well, from what we've seen of Yaya, I think we should be thankful for that. Tyra says she didn't like that Yaya put her hair up, and Janice tells her to take it out and let her fro shine through. Once she does this, the judges rave. Nolé says that Yaya's photo looks like a bonsai tree. Not a bonsai butterfly, which is good, but a bonsai tree, which is bad. Tyra criticizes Yaya's flat foot, which takes away from her already meager height.
Next, Norelle. Nolé says that Norelle looks sick, and like she's going to pass out. Nigel tells her that when she hits a catwalk, her look has to be perfection. Kyoko -- who, we might remember, is actually Japanese and in fact designed the kimono -- says that Norelle looks very natural and comfortable in a kimono. She likes it. The judges rave about Norelle's photo, which will become irrelevant in a few minutes. Janice says that Norelle's photo was fabulous, but that her walk was horrible.