Sundai will be Moroccan and Russian, which means she'll be riding a camel while donning a fur hat and drinking potato vodka. Brittany will be Native American and East Indian. And at this point I'd joke about her wearing a feather headdress and a bindi, but in fact this is exactly what happens. I shit you not, people. Jennifer will be Botswanan and Polynesian. I don't know much about the Botswanan and Polynesian cultures, but what I do know is that this means Jennifer will be black to the fucking face. Frankly, I think that Tyra just should have gone all out with the racial epithets on this challenge and said, "Laura, you will be oriental and dago!" Finally, Nicole will be Malagasi and Japanese. Nicole asks what Malagasi means, and Tyra says that Malagasi people are from Madagascar. Nicole this will wear pelts from all the animals in that cartoon movie and be inventing Toyota's new hybrid. The girls all seem very excited about this challenge, which they would be after seeing all the Amos 'N Andy reruns that showed on Fierce Airlines.
The girls head to hair and makeup. Vanessa Geldbach is the wardrobe stylist. Tyra explains to us that every outfit that the girls wear isn't necessarily what people who are of the cultures they'll be representing wear NOW. Nor is it exactly what people of that culture might have worn in the past. Rather, it's a "fashion interpretation" of it. Read: fat-ass stereotype. Laura, in case you forgot, is still sunburned to the point where her face feels like it's going to fall off. However, she's certain she can overcome this challenge. With blackface! The cure for whatever ails you. Sometimes, I get unsightly redness from rosacea. Thanks, Top Model, for giving me an option that will allow me to walk proud in today's society. Michael Kanyon is today's hair stylist, while Vincent Oquendo is the lucky guy who gets to paint the girls' faces and bodies in some array of dark to very dark makeup. Erin is the only model who seems to take objection to this process. Because it legitimizes the fashion world's tendency to darken white models instead of hiring actual women of color? Because it calls to mind the racist lampooning of blackface minstrel shows? Because it's just fucking wrong and weird? No. Erin is peeved because it's going to be a bitch to scrub off all that makeup later. Which, also a good point.