The modeling industry is already very youth-oriented, so coming in as an older model can be a challenge. But, what if you’re only 20-years-old and the camera adds several years? Well, in Nicole’s case, that meant she would not be “America’s Next Top Model.”
“I have never come across that problem before,” Nicole tells Zap2it. “I’ve been modeling since I was 15, so I’d like to think I know what I’m doing. I have a portfolio full of pictures and not once have I been given that critique.”
The Orlando student went home even after Ondrei had quit, which had to sting. But, the college student tells us that she’s finishing up school and has every intention of continuing her modeling career.
We asked Nicole 6 questions about her crazy time on “Top Model”:
1.) Do you use Tyra Banks’ food lessons still?
I’ve always been a healthy eater, so I have my own diet that I follow. I really love fruits and vegetables, so it really wasn’t anything I didn’t know. But, I thought it was nice that she was educating all of us.
2.) What was going on with the kitchen drama?
Yeah, I was kind of involved in that, but not really. To this day, I still don’t know whose chicken that was. Supposedly, it wasn’t Alexandria’s. But there was not tin foil over it if that’s why the whole thing started. It was just raw chicken sitting in a bowl in our refrigerator with bacteria just flying around. I think that it was very petty, the whole thing that happened, but we’re all stressed out and sleep-deprived. So, I guess it’s understandable.
3.) Is Monique as b***hy as she’s starting to come off?
She’s very blunt. She speaks her mind about everything and I personally find her really, really funny. I think she was edited into being a b***h. Her remarks are more funny than anything to me.
4.) How was the acting exercise for you?
I don’t enjoy crying, especially on national television. But, we were all crying for each other as well as for our challenge. Like I did say in the episode, I did find it kind of cathartic to argue against my inner critic. The acting coach seemed like the biggest b**** I’ve ever met in my life, but he was just trying to get us to our problems, I suppose. I wasn’t expecting everyone to cry and I don’t think Nigel [Barker] did either. That’s why we got earrings. It made it better.
5.) What was going through your mind when you learned that you had to pose with bees?
I was really scared and I thought it was kind or ridiculous after we just went through a runway challenge in a big ball and then we had the acting challenge and we’re all crying our eyes out and now bees. I was a little frustrated. For one, I had never been stung by a bee in my whole life, so I was a little scared. But, I ended up going almost last after everyone, so I saw that no one got stung by a bee and I went into the situation pretty calm.
6.) Who are your top three for the win?
Mikaela, Brittani and Molly. I think Mikaela’s bone structure and eyebrows are extremely high fashion. And Molly looks like Kate Moss. She also looks like a girl with IMG right now… And Brittani, I think she has something really special and I think she can do really well in the fashion industry.
“America’s Next Top Model” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.