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Janice Dickinson | Biography

Many people recognize Janice Dickinson as the first supermodel of the world, the famous model has also proclaimed it herself. Dickinson rose to fame in the 1970s as one of the thriving models in the United States and has continued to remain a distinguished television personality in the following decades. Born on February 15, 1955, the American celebrity has been on the covers of Playboy, Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Marie Claire, Photo and has been linked to several high profile brand names like Gianni Versace, Oscar de la Renta, Christian Dior and Calvin Klein to name a few. She is also known for her appearance as a host of America’s Next Top Model and for her own reality series, The Janie Dickinson Modeling Agency.

Dickinson is a native of Hollywood, Florida but was born in New York. She is one of three sisters and her sister Debbie Dickinson is also a model. She has revealed that she had a tremulous relationship with her father, who subjected her to physical and emotional abuse. Dickinson has tied the knot thrice. After her divorce from Ron Levy, she married Simon Fields in 1987. They remained married for six years. In 1995, Dickinson wedded Albert B. Gerston but the marriage didn’t last long. They divorced a year later. She gave birth to a son on May 5, 1987. The father of her son is her second husband, Fields. She also has a daughter from a previous relationship. In 2012, she got engaged to Dr. Robert Gerner.

Dickinson’s modeling days started from New York City where she had settled down after being crowned Miss High Fashion Model. After initial rejection, she found her foothold in the industry after being recruited by Jacques Silberstein. She shortly signed with Wilhelmina Models and flew to Paris to begin her career. After dabbling in the European modeling world, she came back to the United States in 1978 and started working under Ford Models. Within a few years, she became a sought after model in the country and was earning significantly more money than her counterparts. She graced the covers of several magazines including seven consecutive ones for Elle and was featured on publications like Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Playboy, Marie Claire and Photo. She has worked for fashion designers such as Versace, Oscar de la Renta, Balmain, Dior, Valentino and many more. In 2003, she appeared on the panel of judges for America’s Next Top Model. She appeared on the reality series The Surreal Life in 2005. That year, she founded a modeling agency named The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency which led to the premier of her reality series of the same name on Oxygen. The series lasted for four seasons. She also starred alongside Abigail Clancy in her reality series titled Abbey & Janice: Beauty & The Best. In 2007, she participated in the celebrity reality series, I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! and also appeared for its second season in 2009. She has also guest starred in Charmed and 90210. In 2010, she was featured in Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew and the British reality series Come Dine with Me.

Dickinson has also found success as a published author. Her memoir, No Lifeguard on Duty: The Accidental Life of the World’s First Supermodel, was published in 2002. She followed up with Everything About Me is Fake..And I’m Perfect in 2004. Two years later, she released Check Please! Dating, Mating and Extricating. As of 2014, her net worth is estimated to be around five hundred thousand dollars.

Standing at 5’10”, Janice Dickinson is one of the most renowned fashion models of her time. Now 60, she looks years younger than her age. The retired fashion model has had her share of fame and success in the American modeling agency for over two decades and is an admired reality television personality. 

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