updated 11/13/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 11/13/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST
Some might call it a beguiling freshness; others would label it stage fright. "It's scary," said Gayheart, as a stylist spiffed up her hair. "I'm used to having a script to focus on. Here it's all in how you walk and wear the clothes."
"I am a wee bit nervous," said Hennessy. "My eyesight's not very good, and I fear being blinded by the flashbulbs and walking off the end of the runway. Hopefully I'll be able to go to a bar and sedate myself after the show."
Substance abuse proved unnecessary. Although the actresses didn't nail the I'm-bored-silly-and-I-can't-wait-to-take-the-Concorde-to-Paris swagger of the 18 professional models who were also in the show, they made up for it with a kiss-blowing pertness that brought cheers from the audience of 1,200. By evening's end a few of the newcomers were considering an encore. "I definitely want to do that again," gushed The Brothers McMullen's Maxine Bahns. Showgirls' Gina Gershon agreed. "Hey," she said. "If models can act, actresses can model."