Janice Dickinson

Janice Dickinson


2/17/1954, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Birth Name

Janice Doreen Dickinson



Also Known As

Janice Dickenson
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Say what you like about Janice Dickinson because she doesn't care. From Paris to New York to Milan, Janice broke down barriers in the fashion industry all while living the high life at Studio 54. In the late 1970's Janice's career hit its peak, receiving campaigns with Revlon,…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Janice appeared in the music video "On The Verge Of Something Wonderful" alongside Darren Hayes.

    • In her autobiography, No Lifeguard on Duty, she claims that she was partly responsible for her father's death because she had discarded his heart medication pills, and he had a heart attack that night and died. The statute of limitation for prosecuting Dickinson for the death of her father was up by the time the book was published.

    • Janice is openly bisexual, and claims to have been in several lesbian relationships.

    • She famously clashed with Apprentice star Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth on the VH1 reality show The Surreal Life, with Janice playfully holding a carving knife over Omarosa's head, and later engaging in several arguments with her. Omarosa called Janice a "crackhead" and remarked that she felt bad for Janice's children.

    • During the first season of America's Next Top Model, she clashed with fellow judge Kimora Lee Simmons, due to her showing up late for filming frequently.

    • She once destroyed a vintage gown by jumping into a pool whilst wearing it. The moment was caught on camera and aired on her series The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency.

    • Janice defines the term "model" as one who excels in editorial, catalog, advertising, and runway work, and in being a spokesperson.

    • Janice believes that the girls who win America's Next Top Model are not of a high enough calibre to make it in the modelling business.

    • Janice's father's ethnic background is Belarusian; the family name was altered after emigration to America.

    • Janice is 5'10" tall.

    • Janice's post-Surreal Life ventures include starting her own Hollywood-themed restaurant known as "The Couture Cafeteria", it received a rating of 'one star' in the first review done on it in Zagrat.

    • Janice talked about the abuse she and her sister, Debbie, suffered at the hands of her late father, Ray Dickinson, when she was young.

    • Janice is upfront about her extensive plastic surgery.

    • Janice is famous for effortlessly repeating "I'm Janice Dickinson, I was the world's first supermodel!"

    • Janice has appeared in ads for Revlon, Max Factor, Clairol, and Orbit Melon Mint.

    • Janice has appeared on the covers of Vogue, ELLE, Harper's Bazaar Swimsuit Issue, Cosmopolitan and Playboy magazines.

    • Janice is the author of three books, including: No Lifeguard on Duty: The Accidental Life of the World's First Supermodel, Everything About Me Is Fake... And I'm Perfect and Check, Please! : Dating, Mating, and Extricating.

    • Janice has been divorced 3 times.

    • Janice is a former supermodel of Polish and Belarusian descent who started modeling at the age of 14.

    • Janice has appeared on 37 covers of Vogue magazine.

    • Janice is an accomplished photographer, she has shot such stars as Sylvester Stallone, Naomi Campbell, Sharon Stone, and Randy Quaid.

  • Quotes

    • Janice: I'm not a good person to have as an enemy, say nice things about me.

    • Janice: (the reason she left America's Next Top Model) I got the boot from the teeny tiny [executive producer] Ken Mok. He called me the day before [the item] ran in the papers that I was replaced. I went on every TV show and said, "It was a great experience; it taught me a lot. I wish Tyra well." But you know what? At her last wrap party, she thanked everyone but me. She has me on her talk show talking about incest, sex, drugs, rock and roll. So I go, "Why is it that you can't look at me and say, 'Let's go out for coffee?'" She was like, "I don't know what you're talking about," I said, "Why didn't you thank me? That really hurt." "Oh, I forgot." What is it? Jealously? I don't know.

    • Janice: (being the world's first supermodel) I'm the first one to coin the term. Back in 1979, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, there were categories. Lauren Hutton didn't do catalog; she did Revlon or runway. I became a cover girl and an editorial model, and then I became a runway model. It just didn't work that way. Then I started working for Revlon as a spokesperson. Then I did catalog. I was at the top of the food chain. I solely raised the rates. I just wished I was working now. Gisele Bundchen hops down the runway for one passage and makes $85,000.

    • Janice: (what made her stand out as a young model) Back in my day, everyone was this apple-pie, girl-next door type- blue eyes, blonde hair. I had sloppy ethnic features, skinny minis, no breast. I wasn't in vogue. If it weren't for the late great [makeup artist] Richard Avedon and Francesco Scavullo, I wouldn't be here. They saw something in me that the populace didn't. Gay men made me who I am.

    • Janice: (advice for aspiring models) To have something to fall back on after they become models. Let's face it, there's a short shelf life in this industry. Cindy Crawford was smart and became The Mole Inc., but most models are just vapid nothingness. They've been endorsed by their parents, teachers, boyfriends, peers. They became empty shells. You have to have it upstairs.

    • Janice: (on having her own modeling agency) I'm ready for anything because I've been there, done that. I can help these kids. I have credibility in the industry for over 32 years- over 3,000 covers in every magazine in every country in every language. I became a model because I love what I do. I love everything to do with the lighting, the fashion, the film, the photography, the clothes. It's the only thing I can give back to an industry that fed me like a Vampirella.

    • Janice: (about the cover of her book) Everything about the cover photo is retouched and digitally enhanced to make me look good. Hey, I fool the camera. I'm a liar, a magician. I'm 51 years old. Without the fake breasts and the face lift, there'd be a middle-aged gray-haired lady staring at you.

    • Janice: Back in the day I was doing runway, editorial, advertising, spokesmodeling, and public appearances. Those are five different categories. Your Twiggys and your Lauren Huttons weren't doing that. I was Versace's muse, I was Valentino's muse, I was Alaia's muse, Lancetti's muse, Calvin Klein's, Halston's. I could go on and on.

    • Janice: Get a grip. The idea of the extreme makeover is disturbing.

  • Its all about Janice.....

    I bloody love Janice Dickinson - everytime I watch her she cracks me up. I think its amazing the way she always speaks her mind. Come on who doesn't find her entertaining?? If I could have a fairy godmother I would wish for Janice. And imagine if your boyfriend f'ed you over - I'd want her fighting my corner ha ha. One of my top ten people I'd love to meet!! Lets hear it for the original super model Janice Dickinson. I think shes a f'in genius . . . . . . . . . . . . . .moreless
  • I can not stand Janice Dickinson.

    Wow, Janice Dickinson is definitely a trip. She is so immature, she does not know when to shut up, and she thinks she is the greatest thing ever to walk the planet. Okay, we get it, Janice, you claimed to be the very first supermodel ever. [And do not get me wrong, that is an amazing accomplishment.] But Janice abuses the power she has gained over becoming the very first supermodel She thinks ever one has to listen to her and care about her opinion. And when someone steps up and tells Janice off, she starts to cry about how horrible her life has been, how no one loves her, or cares about her. She starts on about all the terrible things she went threw as a child and blah…blah…blah. Well, Janice if you were not such a horrible, insecure, witch, then you would have people who would want to be your friend and care about you.moreless