The Real Housewives of Orange County newbie Nicole James looks unrecognizable in a throwback photo. The image made the rounds on social media. This come after Nicole mysteriously left the show. As TV Shows Ace previously reported, she left for unknown reasons.
The Wednesday, January 19, episode, was the last time that fans got to see Nicole. She was introduced at the start of RHOC Season 16. Nicole was reportedly “demoted” to “Friend of the Housewives” on the show. While she was candid about some of her plastic surgery procedures on the show, fans couldn’t help but notice how different she looked 20 years ago.
RHOC newbie compared to Pamela Anderson
When Nicole James first appeared on the show, some thought she looked like RHOBH alum Denise Richards. Others thought she looked like one of the glam models from the ’90s. In the throwback photo, Nicole James was completely unrecognizable. Some fans have noticed that she looked a lot like Pamela Anderson.
Last week, Reality Titbit found the photo of the Bravo star. The photo showed a blonde version of Nicole wearing a blue plaid halter top with dark bootcut jeans. The image in question is from 2003 and shows the 42-year-old with lighter colored hair and plump lips. One Reddit fan noticed the photo from a red carpet event and talked about her changing looks.
The thread is titled: “Nicole James (Before) really did look like Pamela Anderson. Shannon wasn’t lying.”
RHOC fans took to the comment section to share their thoughts. Most said they couldn’t recognize her. Others couldn’t help but notice her early 00s style. Some compared Nicole to Jenna Jameson, Tara Reid, and “Melissa Joan Hart in Jenny McCarthy drag.”
- “She looks so different. No wonder Shannon didn’t know it was her.”
- “Rock of Love Season 2 realness.”
- “She looks like a 90s Jenny Garth with bubbies.”
- “Oh my god this is peak 2000s fashion: plaid, halter, random number plastered on it.”
- “Gosh, I love the 2000s how iconic is this whole look.”
Was Nicole James fired from the Bravo show?
Meanwhile, fans want to know what happened to Nicole James. She’s not expected to appear on the remainder of The Real Housewives of Orange County. This came after she blurted that she sued Heather Dubrow’s husband Terry Dubrow for her botched boob job. The shocking news happened during the Season 16 premiere.
Nicole reportedly feuded with the Dubrow’s. She slammed Terry Dubrow’s plastic surgery skills, which started her feud with Heather. This also led to a feud between Heather and Shannon since Shannon spilled the beans.
“Nicole was brought on by Heather by only filmed for a few weeks,” a source told Radar Online. “A big storyline that will play out (but is also the reason why she’s no longer on the show full time) is that Nicole was unhappy with the breast augmentation Terry performed on her many years ago.”
Nicole James stopped filming with the cast several weeks before filming ended in October 2021. It’s unclear whether she chose to be demoted or if she was forced to. Rumors also swirled that she clashed with producers. Nicole refused to share details of her personal life in her confessional interviews.
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