Nicole had some great photos and made it the final six, but ultimately was eliminated for not being memorable enough. Fans found her plenty memorable, and here Nicole explains why she didn’t try to come off as someone she’s not to get attention, among many other things!
Hi Nicole! What was your motivation to apply for the show?
It was mostly the fact that I was very dissatisfied working in retail. I had always, always dreamed of being a star, whether it be in acting, singing, modelling – whatever. I saw Catie on season 2, and she and I had done a hair show together years ago. I think she was 13 and I was 16 at the time. I thought, “if she can do it, then I can do it too!”
Why did you feel that you had to hide your personality?
I don’t necessarily feel that I hid my personality, I just didn’t want to be something I’m not. It was more like the things I would have said, no one would have cared about anyway. I like intelligent conversation, I like to talk politics and world issues, and most of the other girls just weren’t into that stuff. I finally figured out that I could discuss those things with Yaya, but of course it wasn’t dramatic or interesting enough to be on the show.
I’m not a drama queen, so you didn’t see any dramatic moments out of me. I didn’t want to become someone I’m not.
The UPN website lists your occupation as “Former Punk Rocker”, and that label stuck with you throughout the show. Did that annoy you at all?
What does that even mean? It didn’t annoy me because it’s true, but it’s unclear. I don’t want to be part of a clichéd label anymore, but the ideologies and views I lived with as a youth, a disgruntled youth at that, I still believe in. I still keep those views.
I just don’t like the labels. I’m not a can of soup.
And certainly not a can of Campbell’s Selects soup, right?
No! The funny thing about that was that I don’t eat chicken, but I ate it in the soup for that commercial. But it didn’t count for anything! I should have demanded tomato soup or something.
There’s no nice way to say this – you were overlooked twice on this week’s show, both at judging time. Didn’t you just want to scream?
Yes! But I was thinking, “You don’t remember me now, but just you wait!” One day they’ll all be thinking, “Oh, I know her! I can’t believe I didn’t remember her!”
Besides that, it really doesn’t say much for their memories, does it? There were only six of us left! What do I need to do, dance around naked with a monkey on my head?
I have to ask – what was the first thing you pictured in your head during the acting training?
Ah, everyone has asked me this today! I’ll say what I said on TV; that it’s not appropriate. It’s not something that should be seen on TV. I also want to set an example for my younger sister – she’s eating everything up! Maybe if the show was on the Playboy channel, I’d share it.
Describe what Umeboshi tastes like.
Umeboshi; it’s like a pickle that has rotted for a while. It’s really slick and mushy, so as soon as you put it in your mouth you know it’s going to be a challenge. At least it wasn’t fish eyes though!
The funny thing was that I was the only one to take a bite out of it instead of popping the whole thing in my mouth. They even mentioned it to me afterwards, that the other girls ate the whole thing.
Will you continue on with the modelling, or do you have other plans at this point?
I would love to stick with modelling. I also really want to try acting. Until the day I die, I will be a struggling actor. I think I’d do better with acting than modelling, but if modelling jobs come up along the way I’d love to do that too. I think the modelling agents would eat me alive well before the acting world would though.
What do you think about the way you were edited? Do you think any of the others are being edited overly positively or negatively?
I really think that the only people who are being edited correctly out of the girls who are left are Norelle, Ann, and Eva. Yaya is not high and mighty, and Amanda’s not a bitch.
I think my editing was accurate to a point. They included some of my private camera time this week, and I actually had things to say. I’m not a quiet little wallflower. But I don’t dwell on the petty stuff, and most of the things that the others were getting upset about were petty. I was thinking, do you guys really care about brownies? It’s not like she killed your cat.
Out of the five remaining girls, who do you think will become America’s Next Top Model?
Oh, I don’t even want to guess! I don’t know what the judges are looking for, it changes so much. Each week I thought I knew who was going home, but I was always wrong. So I don’t even want to say a name now!
Which judges were the toughest to impress for you personally?
Tyra, alongside Janice, but they were also my favourites. I held them both in high esteem, so they were the hardest for me to impress.
Is there anything else you’d like to add? Anything that happened that you haven’t had the chance to talk about yet?
Well, another reason for my lack of airtime was that I was singing all the time. The network would have had to buy the rights to all the songs, so they didn’t use any of that. But Amanda constantly begged me to sing!
Another funny thing was with Kelle. She said, “I wanna be a punk rocker!” I was explaining some of the philosophy to her, that you have to be open and accepting of everything, and she was like, “You mean I can still wear my Gucci?” It was just really funny. Kelle was great.
Thanks for your time today Nicole! Best of luck to you!
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