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.
Keenyah -- who is a jerk and fat and we GET IT -- tells Tyra that they are in a competition and that she doesn't want to do anything to put one of the other girls ahead of her. Tyra asks Keenyah about the competition in terms of body image, food, and pressure, and wonders if she eats from stress. Keenyah answers that she thinks she has an oral fixation, which I guess is why she sucks so much. She says that she engages in a lot of comfort eating. Tyra says that, for herself, she realized that she couldn't follow the starvation rules of the modeling industry and had to re-route her career from high-fashion to more mainstream modeling à la Victoria's Secret. Well, that plus the fact that Naomi Campbell kept threatening to cut her. And again, I know I joke a lot about Tyra's weight, but I think that she's kind of a genius in terms of molding her career so that she is a hundred times more famous than the anorexic fourteen-year-olds and aging supermodel has-beens that she no longer has to compete with while at the same time enjoying some delicious fried foods every now and then. She says that she could do this because she was already a high-fashion supermodel, but that Keenyah doesn't have that luxury and needs to eat healthy, which is important whether you're a model or not. Tyra tells Keenyah to focus on being healthy, and gives her a big hug.