Linkletter appeared in Cycle 5 of the show after auditioning for the show at the Mall of America. In the final judging, the judges selected Linkletter over the runner-up Nik Pace.
Tyra said of Linkletter, "...she has the model 'thing' more than any of our other winners"?the body type, the face type and the attitude"?. She reminds me of the girls I modeled with when I was in Europe when I was 17 years old." Fellow judges Twiggy and Nigel Barker likened Linkletter's look to that of an "English rose". Although she had some of the best photos of the whole competition, she often did not receive as much recognition as some of the other contestants because of her seemingly "sour" facade and not breaking from pretty to beautiful in her photos.
Linkletter graduated from Grand Forks Red River High School in 2003, and attended the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks and St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota as a marketing major; she is currently attending California State University Northridge.
Linkletter is currently signed with Nous Model Management (L.A.); Diva Models (Singapore); Dream Models (Hong Kong); Agence Presse (Tokyo; signed by ModelScouts); L.A. Models runway division; Paragon Model Management (Mexico); M and P Model Management (London) and SMG Models.
Linkletter has appeared in editorials for American and Singaporean Elle, V, American and Malaysian Marie Claire, Nylon Mexico, Elle Girl, Cleo, Women's Health and Fitness Magazine, and Vanidades.
She has appeared in advertising campaigns for Burberry, Bebe, Christian Audigier, MAC, Forever 21, Volcom, Covergirl, Secret, Ford Fusion, and Vigoss jeans. In May 2009, she was featured in a spread for Elle Singapore. She appeared on the cover of CLEO Malaysia with two male models for May 2009 Issue. She was also featured in a spread for CLEO Malaysia for June 2009 Issue and a cover and spread in Country and Townhouse Magazine December 2009 in the UK. She has also had a cover and fashion spread for Nylon in Mexico.
Linkletter has walked for Gharani Strok Fashion show, Alice and Olivia (Fall 2006), Fashion for Life Benefit Show 2006, The Society of Young Philanthropists Gala/Fashion Show 2006, Bebe (Spring 2007), Rozae Nichols Spring 07, Juan Carlos Obando Spring 07,
Linkletter was a guest on the internet talk show Covergirl's Talk Model, she did "My Life as a Covergirl" segments. She has also hosted a series of segments for VH1, in which she reported on Fashion Week. Linkletter has also modeled for the E! Pre-Oscar show and has appeared on E! news modeling summer shorts from Alice & Olivia. She starred in a commercial for PlayStation Portable. She has been featured in the Top Models in Action segments on America's Next Top Model, Cycle 11 and America's Next Top Model, Cycle 13.
Linkletter was a finals judge at the Miss USA 2006 pageant. Her television credits include appearances on The Tyra Banks Show.
Linkletter is married to Adam Nathanson. They have a son, Theo, born in 2016.