At the runway, Heidi enters holding the lovely black velvet button bag. The designers are beaming at Heidi. Angela is wearing this weird shirt that she no doubt made that's all Bedazzled at the shoulders. Also, she's wearing her hair in a ratty ponytail and is sporting greenish cat-eye glasses. She's putting the "Ew" in "Ewhio."
The designers are going to be choosing their models this time. Keith chooses first because he won last week's challenge. He stays with Nazri, who has a bit of the snaggletooth working when she smiles after he chooses her. Then Heidi starts drawing buttons. A lot of the designers choose new models and, in the end, Katie's model from last week, Candace, is sent home. I don't blame them. She looked a little busted.
After Candace is banished, Heidi tells the designers that their challenge this week will be to design a dress for "an icon of American beauty." All of the designers smile, except for Vincent, who is staring off into the distance. It's scary in there.
The icon is Miss USA, Tara Conner. She is so pretty, I'm giggling. She's a religious woman who lives by the adage, "The higher the hair, the closer to God." I love her. The designers seem really pleased. Angela wants to prove that she's the most pleased by repeatedly screaming, "Oh my God!" Our Kayne of Many Colors looks like he has the vapors. For good reason, too -- this challenge could MAKE him.
Tara tells them that their challenge is to design a gown for her to wear in the Miss Universe pageant. That's some good ol' NBC synergy at work. Everyone seems excited about the challenge. Kayne of Many Colors confirms for us that he's thrilled, while Keith points out that the Miss Universe pageant is seen all over the world. I think you mean "the universe," Keith.
In the workroom, Tara has changed into shorts, a fitted t-shirt, and a short-sleeved blazer. Seriously, she's so cute. I can't stand it. Her eyebrows are perfect. Tim asks her to explain what she's looking for in a gown. She says that she's an alcoholic. Wait, she says she's the second shortest girl in the competition. Whatever. Same shame, different disease. She wants a gown that will elongate her and is in earth tones (no white!!). Nothing too booby-centric.