Editor's note: Catch up with Nicole Fox's journey to America's Next Top Model cycle thirteen victory by reading all our cycle thirteen recaps. Click to revisit episode two (with Lauren Conrad), episode three (when Nicole channels Gollum), episode four (the show Nicole barely survived), episode five (remember the "soulless fetus" reference?), episode six (with a Kim Karshasian sighting), episode seven (featuring the bizarre hapa challenge), episode eight (which was all about getting wet), episode nine (when Nicole landed in the finals), and last night's hard-fought triumph. Oh yeah: That stuff in our episode one recap below about Nicole having little chance to win? That's proven to be wrong. Really wrong.
Denver Pizza Company entrepreneur Mark Huebner was the last local to get major face time on a reality-TV hit -- in his case, The Bachelorette. But while Huebner didn't get all that close to the finish line, a.k.a. Jillian Harris' naughty parts, Louisville's Nicole Fox has a better shot to go deep into America's Next Top Model, whose thirteenth cycle debuted last night on the CW. After making the cut, Fox, who's 18-years-old and five-feet-seven-inches tall (the top height allowed this time around) came out of ATM's signature makeover with a wild mane of frizzy red hair that she worked well enough to finish second in the first judging session. Moreover, she's being portrayed as a moody, mysterious girl who doesn't know how to cavort and giggle with her rivals; she also talked about how she'd been picked on in high school. (She graduated from Monarch in 2008 and is currently enrolled at CU.) In other words, she's coming across like a stock character who has little chance to win, but will be kept around for as long as possible for drama-stirring purposes. Nicely played, Fox-y lady.
Watch Fox's audition video above.
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