Nicole Chiu graduated cum laude from the Universeity of California, Irvine and later received her juris doctorate from Loyola Law School. She is also famous for holding the title of “Miss Los Angeles” and as the 4th Runner Up at the Miss California USA 2008 Pageant. She worked as an attorney for a while, but quit her job when she felt she wasn't living up to her dreams.
In 2010, Nicole Chiu was chosen as a finalist for NBC's The Apprentice. She became the first candidate to be fired that season, but continued to stay positive throughout. She went on a college speaking tour at a number of colleges, hoping to share her experience to Asian American Studies and Women's Studies classes.