Before there was Cindy, Naomi, Claudia, Christy, Eva, Helena, Niki, and Yasmin, there was only one name that dominated the modeling world, Janice. Janice Dickinson was the first supermodel, paving a way in the modeling world that created a sense of glamour and celebrity around the profession unlike anything it had ever experienced before, and she helped define an industry opening doors for the next wave of supermodels listed above. She was one of the most successful models throughout the 1970s and 1980s, she then expanded her profession to reality television in 2003 by judging for four cycles on America’s Next Top Model and then opened her own modeling agency in 2005, which was documented in the reality-television series The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency. thus re-creating herself as one of the most brutally honest and ultra outspoken and unique personalities on TV and creating a new level of unforeseen popularity with a new and younger generation who didn’t know her as the most beautiful woman in the world who had graced the covers of magazines including Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and Playboy, and worked with some of fashion’s best-known names, including Giorgio Armani, Gianni Versace, Valentino, Azzedine Alaïa, Pino Lancetti, Halston, and Calvin Klein, Infact, Janice has appeared on the cover of Vogue (both American and international editions) 37 times and she appeared on the cover of Elle seven times in a row and has been the face of ad campaigns for products including Revlon, Alberto VO5, Obao, and Orbit Gum. Let’s not also forget that Janice was a Bestselling author with her first book “No Lifeguard On Duty: The Accidental Life of the World’s First Supermodel” candidly revealing the inside story to her meteoric rise to the top of the modeling world, her painful and bumpy slide to the bottom, and the shocking, reckless, steamy, funny, outrageous and drug-filled moments in between and her next book “Everything About Me Is Fake And I’m Perfect” is based on her opinions on beauty, plastic surgery and the way American society perceives it. Sales for her first two books were so strong, that a third title – Check Please! Dating, Mating & Extricating was also released.
Here “The King Of Kamelot” sits down with the “First Supermodel” to talk to her about her storied career, how she is able to stay in the incredible shape that she has, watching her daughter grow up and go to college, her most memorable and embarrassing moments, her new boyfriend, and I even ask her to tell me what she thinks of my face since she became famous on ANTM of being the harsh judge that was likened to Simon Cowell on American Idol. It’s funny to see how a younger generation thinks of Janice because they know her as an outspoken and off the cuff Reality TV personality that generates ratings on whatever show she’s on, but for my generation she will always be one of the greatest models of all time who helped pave the way for future generations both as a marketing brand as well as a successful business entity. An enormous thank you to my friends Brad and Drew at Big Machine Media for having me at the ultra incredible 3 year anniversary for XL to interview these ladies.
I was also able able to interview NYC Transgender Icon, Model, and one of it’s most legendary names, Amanda Lepore, who has become one of the city’s most recognizable brands and iconic nightlife fixtures. She has appeared in advertising for numerous companies, including M.A.C. Cosmetics, Mego Jeans, The Blonds, Swatch, CAMP Cosmetics, and Heatherette, which has used her likeness on clothing as well as hiring her as a model. Lepore is also noted as a regular subject in photographer David LaChapelle‘s work, serving as his muse, as well as many other photographers including Marco Ovando and Terry Richardson. She participated in his Artists and Prostitutes 1985-2005 exhibit in New York, where she “lived” in a voyeuristic life-sized set. Amanda Lepore has also released several singles, many written by and/or recorded with Cazwell. In 2011 she released her full-length debut album “I…Amanda Lepore” on Peace Bisquit.