Janice Dickinson

Janice DIckinsonJanice Dickinson reappeared in the eye of pop culture when she, and her cynical, overwhelming presence joined Tyra Banks on America’s Next Top Model  after also being on VH1’s “The Surreal Life”. Dickinson burst into the world of modeling at the tender age of 14, a completely new look at that time, and by 19 had conquered the world of modeling as she redefined exactly what it means to be a “diva”. As Dickinson constantly says on her show, The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency, and as she frequently told the models on ANTM, she had no easy time making it to the level of success that she did.

Priding herself on the claim that she is “the world’s FIRST supermodel”, Janice was never one to hold her tongue or show in restraint in her opinions towards the models on ANTM. Janice was known for being harsh and unrelenting, but its easy to say that her behavior and attitude towards the aspiring models was simply degrading and far from uplifting. Tyra Banks has had just a much of a challenge being a “big girl” in the modeling world, yet on the same show (ANTM) has a completely different personality and outlook. While she may share similar views towards some of the models, the way in which these are presented is done in a much kinder manner.

In VH1’s “The Surreal Life”, Janice Dickinson became most famous for an episode in which she stood behind Omarosa (from The Apprentice) holding a knife above her head. Despite the fact that Dickinson claims the incident was obviously a “joke”, the two had never gotten along and Janice’s general bitchy attitude escalated the incident.
Regardless, Janice is another example of a woman that struggles her way to the top, though instead of providing positive encouragement and support for others in her field, constantly puts them down. Janice epitomizes a “mean girl” as she knows that she is respected for the breakthroughs that she allowed in the modeling industry and is clearly looked up to by many, many models who would love to have serious careers, yet she continually takes the idea of constrictive criticism to a new level. She’s beautiful, she’s “popular”, yet above it all, she’ s mean.

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~ by kblack10 on May 18, 2007.

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