When Nichols was a young awkward teen in Maine, she had a bicycle accident. She crashed into a ditch and despite wearing a helmet, she got a huge cut between her eyebrows. The doctor told her and her father that he could sew her up in five stitches, but he was going to do it in ten "in case she wanted to become a model." Years later, she sent her doctor a modeling photo and a note that said, "Hi. You were right."