Nicole Linkletter Nathanson (born February 27, 1985) was a contestant on ANTM Cycle 5 in 2005. She was declared the winner of the cycle.

Early life

Linkletter graduated from Grand Forks Red River High School in 2003, and attended the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks and St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota as a marketing major. She had previously worked at Victoria's Secret and Target stores. [1]


Linkletter appeared in cycle 5 after auditioning for the show at the Mall of America. She became close to fellow contestants Ebony, Kyle and Kim.

She was most known for her rivalry with Bre in episode 11. Bre thought Nicole stole and ate her granola bars, so Bre poured Nicole's Red Bull into the sink. Kim saw this and told Nicole, and the two got into an argument. Nicole stated she never took the bars. In that same episode, she was infamous for her meltdown in the challenge. The girls had to pose as statues in a park, and the pigeons triggered Nicole's ornithophobia.

During the finale fashion runway show for Gharani Strok, Linkletter's strong runway walk demonstrated how much she had improved throughout the competition. In the final judging, the judges selected Nicole over Nik. This drew criticm from fans, because they thought Nik had the better track record. Tyra defended the choice at the reunion, and stated Nicole won due to having more high fashion appeal.

She was featured as a "Top Model In Action" bumper during cycle 11.[2]


In August 2006, Linkletter left FORD models, and signed with Elite Model Management. She also signed with the international model scouting company ModelScouts who then signed Nicole to Diva Models in Singapore, Dream Models in Hong Kong and Agence Presse in Tokyo. She also signed to LA Models.

She has appeared in ELLE Magazine (April 2006) for a couture spread shot in Paris. This spread was ELLE's spring 2006 couture spread for which Linkletter was selected by photographer Gilles Bensimon. In addition to this, she has appeared on the covers of ELLEgirl (February 2006), Women's Health and Fitness (Mar 2006), Lemonade (April 2006), LeMonDe (Apr 2006), Vanidades (July 2006), People, Jewel, V, US Weekly, Zink, Girlfriend, Celebrity Living, Golf For Women, Cosmopolitan, Grand Forks Herald, and In Touch Weekly.

In addition to her CoverGirl cosmetics prize, she also modeled for their eyewear. She also modeled for Ford Fusion, Secret Deodorant, Vigoss jeans, Yank Clothing, Sele Clothing, Milk Boutique, Trovata, Stella McCartney, Adidas, Sketchers and Forever 21. Her runway shows include Gharani Strok Fashion show, Alice and Olivia (Fall 2006), Fashion for Life Benefit Show 2006, The Society of Young Philanthropists Gala/Fashion Show 2006, Bebe (Spring 2007), Rozae Nichols Spring 07, Juan Carlos Obando Spring 07, and Italian Trade Commission Spring 2007 for Grimaldi Giardina Spring 2007.


Linkletter was a finals judge at the Miss USA 2006 pageant. She also had numerous appearances on The Tyra Banks Show, including the reunion. Linkletter was a guest on the internet talk show Covergirl's Talk Model and had weekly "My Life as a Covergirl" segments which ran during cycle 6. She has also hosted a series of segments for VH1, in which she reported on Fashion Week. Linkletter has also modeled for the E! Pre-Oscar show and has appeared on E! news modeling summer shorts from Alice & Olivia. She has starred in a commercial for Play Station Portable.

Personal Life

Nicole is now married to Adam Nathanson. They have a son named Theo and a daughter named Olive.[3]


  • Nicole is one of six winners to only have one first call-out in the show. The other five are Adrianne, Yoanna, Danielle, Whitney and Brittani.
  • Nicole also has the latest first first-call-out of all the winners, in episode 12.
  • She is the first winner to not win any challenge.
  • She is the only winner to not appear on a future season.[4]
  • She is the second winner to be in the bottom two at the top six. The first being Yoanna.
  • She was the first contestant from North Dakota, as well as being the first winner from North Dakota.


  • (About Lisa wearing an adult diaper) "Then Lisa walks in with a diaper on and it's like, she has to outshine everyone!"

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