Next we see Savanna, 19 from Michigan State University, and Brittany, 18 from Chandler-Gilbert College. Boy, there are a lot of colleges in the world, aren't there? Brittany tells us that she may look sweet, but underneath it all she's a fierce competitor. Wow, a completely new archetype! I am stunned at the originality. Then there's Jasmine, 22 from Elan Makeup Studios, and Deedra, 23 from Oregon State University. Jasmine's thing is that she meows, which is never going to trump being homeless. Maybe she'll get a scratching post as a consolation prize when she doesn't make the final 13. Next we meet Amber, 23 from Texas Tech University, and Destiny, 18 from the Aveda Institute. Destiny grew up in Ashtabula, Ohio, a town dear to me for being name-checked in my favorite Bob Dylan song. She says that she grew up very lower-class, lived in a group home for a while, and has been the kind of person who wakes up in the morning angry at everyone. More about her later, but I peg her for the top three easy. Next we have Rhode Islander Leila, and Kaci, 19, from Kent State University. Leila stands out to Johnny for her runway walk and distinctive look, aka her jacked-up teeth. I'd put her in the top three too, though.
With the motherfucking walk-off over, and the people at the party texting what they think about all the girls even though they are right there and ostensibly could actually talk to someone about it, it's time for the models' photo shoot! Johnny tells Leila that she looks like Kristin Stewart, which is something that she gets a lot. Kelly Cutrone already hates Harvard Maria, but Johnny sees a little bit of potential. Brittany has crazy Ramona Singer eyes and body movements, but thinks she did a good job. Nastasia is impressive for both her posing and her hair, and I continue my love affair with Destiny, who just might be this cycle's Angelea, but either less or more stank. It's hard to tell at this early stage!
With the photo shoot over, the models head to the "social media room." This is a room with some laptops and a wireless connection. That's VERY high-tech! The photos of the top 30 are posted online, where fans and haters get to comment on them. I am actually starting to feel that this concept is rather cruel and unusual. As someone who has worked in this medium for many a year, and is also just a citizen of the world, I can state with certainty that the level of discourse that you find on The Internets can be, well, problematic. I include myself in this -- I mean, I spent like seven cycles just talking about how many ribs Tyra eats. I hope these ladies have thicker skins than usual. Leila tells us about how the girls get to tell their friends and families to give them positive votes in real time, and it's so groundbreaking. Did anyone out there even know this was happening at the time? If any of you did, I feel like you would have alerted me. No one even knew that this premiere was happening! I'm only here because my editors alerted me!