Nicole Byer’s voice has been in my head for years. First on MTV’s Girl Code, where the comedian dished out hilarious, unfiltered advice about dating. Then on the based-on-her-real-life TV show Loosely, Exactly Nicole and podcast Why Won’t You Date Me? about perpetual singleness. Most recently, I've been loving her as the host of Netflix’s Nailed It!, a chaotic baking competition show that leans into making fun of people who are walking Pinterest fails. (Seasons 1 and 2 are streaming in full on Netflix now, with a holiday special to come in December.)
After all those years of listening to Nicole’s jokes, I felt like I knew her. We’re both plus-size women who love bold-printed clothes and are always trying to make people laugh. Recently, over kale-bacon salads at Ruby’s Café in SoHo, we talked about wearing her first bikini, her morning mirror pep talks, and how she took the power back from haters on the internet and in real life.
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