Tyra tells the girls that they will be judged on their overall looks. She says that this is the modeling industry, so the focus is on the physical. She kind of throws her hands up at this. The girls will also be judged on their walks and personality. At the mention of the word "personality," Cassie kind of looks down puffily as if thinking, "I am so screwed." Tyra says, "Whoever gets the most praise gets...a rack of clothes from each designer that you see today." Which totally makes it sound like it's one rack from each designer, which would be five racks total. TyPaul (Tyra's alter drag queen ego) interviews that the girls are so lucky because she has set up go-sees with five of New York's top designers. And in this case, "top designer" is a bit analogous with "top model," so you don't have to be too impressed. The designers are Diane von Furstenberg, Nanette Lepore, Marc Bouwer, Cynthia Rowley, and Nicole Miller.
Ann says that in go-sees she knows that she has to give off the impression that she is someone with whom the designers would want to work. As opposed to the correct impression, which is that she is a psychotic closet case. Ann introduces herself to Nicole Miller, who compliments her on her shirt. Nicole says that they're looking for someone with a "young, peppy" look. They're going to outfit Ann and see how she walks. The other girls follow one by one. Nicole asks Yaya how she got her unusual name. Yaya says, "It's actually really common in West Africa." There's been lots of forum debate about whether Yaya is being a snooty asshat here, but I actually think that she's just answering the question. She does not, however, mention that her first name is actually Camara, so feel free to go back to hating her now. Toccara says that Nicole Miller's clothes are great, that they fit her, and that she feels "very wonderful" in them. Norelle interviews that she doesn't think she's the most beautiful girl there, and that she's still the "funny, retarded, dorky girl." She hopes that the designers see some sort of potential in her. At this, Nicole gives Norelle a big "No, no," and tells her to walk more assertively.
Amanda interviews that she wanted to slap herself (Do it! Do it!) when she realized that all the other girls had high heels with them and she had none. Eva says to her, "You of all people forget your shoes." Hee! Maybe they're in the drawer with her crystals. Norelle loaned Amanda her shoes but, Amanda says, they were 1.5 sizes too small, so she had a weird, uneven walk. And oh my god, I just paused on Amanda in her interview, and with her hair pulled back she totally looks like a latter-day Dee Snider of Twisted Sister (when he started rocking the weird mullet). She interviews that she needed to do something to increase her confidence. Ann interviews that Amanda needed to go buy herself some shoes, and that everyone else wanted to go, because who doesn't love shoe shopping? Eva, Ann, Toccara, and Cassie all go with her. Which, if it was just a Saturday afternoon, fine. But they're kind of in the middle of working. I cut them no slack. Cassie interviews that they had fifteen minutes before their next go-see. I'm sorry, but they are so dumb.