ďI Didnít Give Up Ė Not Once!Ē Ė An Interview With Americaís Next Top Model 3ís Nicoleby Phil Kural -- 11/19/2004
With so many other strong personalities this season, it was hard for Nicole to really stand out. Besides her fiery red hair, there isnít much else to remember her for, except for the fact that the judges forgot her. In this interview, Nicole discusses what she could have done to stick out more, if she even wanted to stick out more, and if she thinks modeling is really what she wants to do. Find out the answers right here!
RealityNewsOnline: What happened, Nicole? It took nine episodes to finally get to know you, and then you are leaving! Where were you the whole time?
Nicole: I was staying out of the drama since it didnít appeal to me! We didnít have a lot of time for sleeping, so when we werenít at a shoot or a challenge, I was catching up on some sleep, and I guess they didnít find that very interesting.
RNO:Did Tyra really forget you at the elimination ceremony or was that just an act?
Nicole: Honestly, I just think she wasnít able to see me. I was in a really awkward place, and Yaya was blocking me. The camera had a really good shot of me, but from where Tyra was standing, she probably had some trouble seeing me, but in her mind, Iím thinking I was already gone.
RNO: You said you didn't want to put your personality on display to be "picked to pieces," do you see that as a mistake now? p>
Nicole: Yes and no. I say yes because it didnít serve me at all, but at the same time, if people really want to get to know me, Iím all for that. Iím very easy to talk to, and Iím not this enigma that canít be solved Ė Iím very personable!
RNO:I remember when I first read your profile and it listed your occupation as a ďformer punk rocker.Ē To this day, I have no idea what that is. Could you explain?
Nicole: What DOES that mean? Iím in the same boat as you! I grew up in the punk rock lifestyle, but as I grew up, I realized that being punk rock isnít something I have to show at all times, and can still dress how I want and look how I want yet still believe in what other punk rockers do. Iím more informed now, and when they say it was my occupation, I just think they mean I was a stereotype, but threw it off myself.
RNO: What do you think you could or should have done differently to stick out more?
Nicole: I should have brought my sarcastic sense of humor to the panel. I wouldnít be rude, but actually, I would say that I was too polite at times, overly polite! If I had something controversial to say, I wouldnít, simply for the fact that it was inappropriate. Oh well though!
RNO: What kind of critiques were you given by the judges before your elimination?
Nicole: Basically, I was told that it looked like I had given up and simply did the commercial because I had to do a commercial and was nothing extraordinary. The whole thing seemed scripted, but I donít think it was. I didnít give up Ė not once. I fought with the judges when they said I was giving up, but that wasnít shown. Donít ask me why.
RNO: What was your experience in Tokyo like? Would you ever want to live there?
Nicole: I loved Tokyo, but wouldnít want to live there simply for the fact that I have studied other cultures and would like to experience other places first. Tokyo is very beautiful and the culture is rich, and I would love to visit again. However, Iíd love to live in Italy, or even Jamaica, where we did our other shoot!
RNO: Do you think it was fair that you only had a half hour to learn to perfectly speak part of another language? It could take people years to perfectly speak another language!
Nicole: Yes, and especially since it was Japanese, which is one of the hardest languages to learn. I wanted to take it in high school, but I was a senior and a teacher of mine said it could take some five to ten years to speak it easily. I took three years of French in high school, and picked it up easily. Japanese was very extreme though, but still a lot of fun to get to learn something new.
RNO: Which photo in your portfolio are you the most proud of?
Nicole: Iíd say that the roller skating one and the first beauty shot are the two Iím the most proud of. I got great critiques on both of them, when I had worried that both werenít my best. I loved the spider one too, simply for the fact that it was so difficult for me to get the spider where I wanted it, and the shot came out great.
RNO:Which of the girls would you say you were the closest to and why?
Nicole: I would say Norelle. My nickname for her when I was there was Little Sister. We liked the same type of music and sheís so sweet. There is nothing negative in her at all. Sheís amazing and Iím glad I got to meet her, and excited to continue my friendship with her.
RNO: Did everyone hear Eva when she said she hoped Norelle did poorly, or was it just something that she said to Ann? What did you think when you finally did hear it?
Nicole: I thought it was really snotty for her to say that. Yes, it is a competition, but you have to remain positive. For her to say that Norelle is her friend, then to hope she does bad is just wrong. I never actually heard her say it Ė it had gotten back to me. Norelle would never say that about Eva or any of the other girls, and didnít deserve it. If Eva had said it about anyone else, it would have been okay Ė like me, Yaya, or Amanda. But Norelle is so innocent Ė it was out of line.
RNO: Before the most recent elimination, was there ever a time that you thought you were in danger of going home?
Nicole: No, there really wasnít. The only time I even contemplated that I was the one going home was this past week. Itís weird how you get the feeling itís you when you are standing there.
RNO: Was it obvious to you when Tyra forgot you that it was probably you going home, or did you think you would slip under the wire again?
Nicole:That was a big red flag that I was probably going home. And you know what? If I didnít go home at that elimination ceremony, I would have gone home the week after. There was something else going on, and the favorites were picked. I wasnít one of them, and itís the judgesí choice and I have to live with that. Iím over it now, but when I was eliminated, I was pretty upset.
RNO: What are you up to now? Do you still want to pursue modeling once the show is finished?
Nicole:I would like to do some modeling, but I want to do some acting even more. As for right now though, I have all the free time in the world, so I took up piano and Iím doing some singing since Iím a musician as well. Iím laying down some tracks and hopefully going to record a CD!
RNO: Is there anything you would like to say to fans of the show or maybe tell us something about Nicole that we didnít get to see on the show?
Nicole: Oh, I was constantly singing! Every spare second I had I was singing a song. Kelle and Amanda were my roommates and would always ask me to sing a song. You didnít get to see that because in order to show me singing, they would have to get an okay from the person whose song I was singing. If I made up weird songs like Amanda, they could have shown it, haha!
Phil Kural is a recent graduate from Temple University, with a degree in journalism. You can reach him at email@example.com with any feedback that you may have.
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