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Tell us about your upbringing in Brazil:

I grew up on the beach surfing – my dad is a surfer and my mom works in cinema so I was surrounded by video cameras, movies and lots of water. Young Nicole was a surfer on the weekends, a ballerina after school, and a Brazilian ‘funkeira’ by night. Just kidding! I would just listen and dance to a lot of Brazilian funk with my friends, which can be so inappropriate for kids but we all did it and we turned out fine.

Did you always want to be an artist?

I did, I just had to come to terms with the entitlement when I realized that it was the only option I had.

How did you get into modeling?

Photographer friends, and the rise of Instagram.

Does being creative make you feel empowered as a woman?

Definitely. My art means that I have my own voice and medium through which to share it. It's empowering to take full responsibility and control within a freedom that you created for yourself.

Who is your role model?

I don’t have a role model, but I've made a list of people that are occupying my mind lately; Edvard Munch, Marlene Dumas, Phoebe Waller Bridge, Anne Carson.

What causes are you passionate about?

Environmental, mental health, human rights, immigrants rights - there are so many causes to fight for. I'm hugley grateful for organizations like Malala Fund, Care, WPA, ACLU and Parley for the Oceans to name a few. They are the ones in the battleground doing all the work!!

What’s your take on philanthropic shopping?

It's the only way to do it!