As we return to the girls' hotel, Tyra voices over that since the competition was coming to a close, she wanted to have a one-on-one chat with each of the girls. Tyra appears to be wearing very little or no makeup in this sequence and it is kind of terrifying. She is in a room with dim red light, which also isn't doing her any favors. I'm sure you can guess how the chats go, but I'll share it with you anyway. Kahlen had many detractors who didn't think that she could be a top model, saying that she's not girly enough, not tall enough, and not unique. Tyra says that she had friends who thought she was crazy trying to be a model, too. Wow, I didn't know that she actually considers me a friend! Cool. Kahlen says that she's always wanted to model and that she's driven to do it, so she will continue on no matter what people tell her. Unless she's already too busy giving up when things don't come easily to her.
Naima enters with an exaggerated, "Hiiiii Tyyyyyyraaaaaa!" She seems extraordinarily happy, which is Clue #1. To what, I will not yet say. She says that she's learned so much about herself during the Top Model experience, and now feels comfort and acceptance for herself. She says that Tyra knows what Naima went through. And I still find it odd that we, the audience, do not. I love how Tiffany can tell us the specific brand of cat food that her grandmother eats ("'Po' Folks Vittles," naturally) but all we know about Naima's troubled past is that her parents divorced and she was angry. If those are the qualifications to be America's Next Top Model, I think that I personally know about 120 candidates for the position. Naima goes on to say that she hated her body, face, and self, but now she doesn't have the room to hate herself. At least not when Keenyah is standing nearby. Tyra says with a smile, "It's interesting that a competition that is so much about critique and insecurity is giving you self-esteem, because a lot of times the opposite happens in this competition." And I can vouch for that, because four seasons of watching and two seasons of recapping this show have totally made me feel fat. I may mock Tyra in jest, but lord knows I can't pass up a ten-piece bucket of the extra-crispy either.