Film and TV

Nice Nicole vs. the bitches on Top Model

Louisville's Nicole Fox, a contestant on cycle thirteen of America's Next Top Model, is in absolutely zero danger of being eliminated from the competition anytime soon. Last week, guest judge Lauren Conrad declared Nicole's photo to be her favorite, and this time around, she finished number two in the best-pic contest for the second time in three weeks. Moreover, she's playing a key part in one of the main storylines, which pits explosive Bianca against most of the other women in the house. Last night, Bianca showed her softer side, opening up to Nicole, who's pretty much the only person talking to her at this point, about an abusive relationship. Afterward, Ashley and Lulu went into Mean Girls mode, telling Nicole she was naive for being kind and listening. Nicole shrugged off their criticism, which will go from stereo to mono next week, since Lulu was shown the door at the episode's end. Early on, Nicole looked likely to stick around for quite a while this season but have no chance of winning. However, things change, especially on reality TV.
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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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