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Celebrity Then And Now
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Entertainment
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: RidiculouslyExtraordinary. Posted by Ryan Neal
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Janice Dickinson

Famous For:
America's Next Top Model, The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency
Networth:
$500,000
Currently Known For:
Modeling Management
Famous Years:
1980-Present
Birthdate:
February 16, 1955
Janice Dickinson



  Famous For:
America's Next Top Model, The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency

  Networth:
$500,000


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There could be hours upon hours of debate on who the first person to use the term “supermodel” was, but if you ask Janice Dickinson, she’ll certainly tell you that she was the first person in history to be considered a supermodel. It would be hard to doubt her, especially when she was one of the pioneers of the new modeling industry that came about during the 1970s and 1980s.


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Born on February 15, 1955 in Brooklyn, Dickinson and her family relocated to Florida when she was growing up, but said that childhood wasn’t easy. Dickinson said that her father was abusive, saying that her father said she’d never amount to anything, especially as a model, claiming that he repeatedly called Dickinson ugly.

Dickinson would ignore her father’s insults, and headed to New York City as a teenager with the hopes of becoming a superstar. She didn’t have to wait long to get her wish, as she won a nationwide competition that should have set her up for instant success. However, Dickinson was denied by legendary agent Eileen Ford who said that Dickinson was “too ethnic.”

With that, Dickinson decided to instead go to France on the advice from her first agent Wilhelmina Cooper who said that Dickinson’s look would work better in Europe. After achieving success overseas, Dickinson would come back to the United States where she became one of the highest paid models in the country. She even signed with Ford’s modeling agency and immediately planned a coup as a measure of revenge. Dickinson and more than a dozen models left the company to help establish Elite Model Management that was founded by John Casablanca.

When the 1980s rolled around, Dickinson had established herself as a household name that was appearing on magazine covers left and right. Looking back at this period of her career, Dickinson said that “I was the hottest b**ch in the world for a minute. I was the bee’s knees.” She added that “I would walk into a room and things would flat-out change. In those days, beauty worked for me. Beauty opened all the doors; it got me things I didn’t even know I wanted, and things I certainly didn’t deserve.”

It was around this time that Dickinson says that she invented the term “supermodel” and claims to be the first in this category, but that has been disputed many times with several outlets confirming that the term had been used many years prior. Regardless, Dickinson was still at the top of her game, and knew how to branch out.

Knowing that modeling couldn’t last forever, Dickinson found herself on the other side of the camera and was participating in business venture that included jewelry design and photography. After her modeling gigs waned during the 1990s, it wasn’t really until 2003 that Dickinson was back in front of the camera, this time as a judge on “America’s Next Top Model”. She instantly became a fan favorite because of her quick judgements and arguments with the other members of the show.

Since getting behind the camera, Dickinson says that her daily routine is “I wake up, I pray. I meditate. I do yoga. I stretch. That’s just before I even like basically wake - open my eyes. It’s just so ingrained in me to do this because here’s my motto: If I can dish it out to those models, I better be able to take it myself.”

That wouldn’t be the end of Dickinson’s career in the reality television circuit as she also starred in the Oxygen series “The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency”, “Celebrity Big Brother” and “I’m a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!”. Unfortunately, things weren’t always as they seemed backstage, as Dickinson had been dealing with addiction issues, causing her to land on “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew”.

During her time with Dr. Drew, Dickinson revealed that she might have been responsible for her father’s death, and talked at length about the situation. “When he was on his way to the hospital I tossed his medication out of the car window and didn’t tell the doctors,” she said. “Maybe I wanted to kill the abuser?” It was gut-wrenching for many to watch someone who had been so popular at the height of her career to experience such emotional pain, especially after finding out about her background.

Dickinson would be at the forefront of headlines in 2014 when she, along with several other women, alleged Bill Cosby of sexual assault during the 1980s. As a result, Cosby was sent to trial for aggravated indecent assault and was found guilty in 2018. It’s possible that the comedian and actor could spend the rest of his life in jail because of his acts.

These days, Dickinson is 63 years old and has been married to her fourth husband, Rocky Gerner, since 2016. She has two children (Nathan and Savannah) and has been more involved in social media and interviews these days rather than modeling or acting. Still, she makes the occasional television appearance and has plans for the future both inside and out of the modeling world ahead.

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