Tyra cut right to the heart of the matter addressing Nicole at panel: “I don’t want you walking into agencies and they’re like, baby? Mama? Baby in person, mama in the pictures.” No, she definitely doesn’t want that, mostly because it would be totally creepy. For the second week in a row, the judges felt the camera was making Nicole look 15 years older, and her mystery aging issues were problematic enough to save the closed-eyed Dalya. Did they make the right call?
Yes, but let’s be fair here. This probably had more to do with the judges’ lack of excitement over Nicole in general than anything else. She had a grand total of two photos in her portfolio, one where her face was pretty much covered, and the other wearing black lipstick that would make almost anyone look older. When Tyra said, “Soften every bone in your face and you will look your age in your photos,” it didn’t seem like time — or science — was on her side.
We'll end on a positive note and remember Nicole’s parting words to her inner critic: “Modeling is my life right now, and I am good enough to do it. I don’t give a damn what you think of me!”