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The bokeh issue is a matter of taste.
The lighting differs in these two shots.
#1 gets nice light in the eyes the hair, forehead and even the teeth.
#2 has a different angle to the light, so the forehead is in shadow from the hat and the teeth are in shadow from the lips.
It's interesting how great a change occurs from a small change in the angle of the light. I doubt the light source changed, but your model moved around.
All that said, I still like both shots.
Another minor nit - the pupils are quite large, indicating it was perhaps a bit dark when you shot. More ambient light - like a modeling light - will close the pupils for you.