I can tell you unequivocally that Nikki Finke is not the subject of The Daily photo she has been trying to stop them from publishing. I’ve known Finke for years, and she doesn’t coif her hair like that, or wear heavy jewelry and makeup. She’s more down-to-earth, as she told Gawker–which once offered $1000 for a photo of her. I can also report that when some folks tried to get hold of the rest of the photo shoot that yielded the one official Finke portrait (compare and contrast below, along with her Wellesley class photo), Finke bought out the rest of the session.
Finke’s one-time friend, The Wrap editrix Sharon Waxman, also denies that the photo is Finke. But I doubt that it matters much to The Daily. It’s about the traffic, stupid.