Janice Dickinson is a model but she is definitely not the everyday model you know or have imagined her to be. When you talk of supermodels today, everyone thinks of Naomi Campbell but no, Campbell stood no match to Dickinson in her glory days.
The supermodel is also a talent agent, a fashion photographer, and an author even though she began as a model. She claims to be the first model to be referred to as a “supermodel” and even though the claim can be argued, it still holds a lot of weight. Born in New York and raised in Florida, she suffered rejections by modeling agencies before she turned out to become one of the most successful models in the 70s’ and 80’s.
Her affairs and relationship with men and women alike is a long chain. Already intrigued? Read on to find out who the father of her daughter is, how she subdued the US modeling industry after being thought unworthy, her transition to television and how she fared.
Janice Dickinson’s Bio
Janice Dickinson’s journey on mother earth began on February 16, 1955, when she was born in Brooklyn, New York. She is the second daughter of a mother with Polish descent, Jennie Marie Pietrzykowski and father, Ray Dickinson of Irish and Scottish descent as well. The New Yorker has two siblings – an older sister, Alexis and a younger sister, Debbie – and they grew up and were raised in Hollywood, Florida. Alexis Dickinson is a realtor while Debbie Dickinson followed Janice’s path and is also a model.
There is very scanty information as regarding her education history. Dickinson is known to have attended South Broward High School in the Royal Poinciana neighborhood of Hollywood, Florida but her college history is not known and it is possible she skipped college to pursue a career in modeling.
Janice Dickinson’s modeling career began in the 1970s when she left Florida and moved to her home state, New York. Riding on the back of the national pageant she just won – “Miss High Fashion Model” – Dickinson fancied her chances in the modeling industry. Her first hurdle came in form of the trend at the time. New York City at that time had a thing for blue-eyed models and coming as an American with brown eyes didn’t seem to fit into the modeling culture. This led to her been rejected by numerous agencies, with some of them telling her categorically that she would never be hired.
It took a stroke of luck for her to land her first modeling gig. She got her first agent – Wilhelmina Cooper – after she was approached by Jacques Silberstein, a fashion photographer whose girlfriend’s comments on Dickinson’s figure was enough for him to make the approach. Spurred by her contact with Silberstein, she decided to shake things up a little and move to Europe, in the hope that the modeling industry there did not just care about “blue eyes.”
The show titled The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency, which ran for four seasons, was aired on the Oxygen cable-television channel. Her next TV appearance would be on Beauty & The Best with the British model, Abigail Clancy. She was also on the reality series I’m a Celebrity…Get Me out of Here! (the British and American version in 2007 and 2009 respectively).
Janice Dickinson was on the Finnish version of the Top Model franchise as a guest judge in 2009. The next year, she was on the celebrity edition of British dinner-party contest titled Come Dine With Me. In 2015, she also participated in Britain’s Celebrity Big Brother show (season 16) and was evicted just two days to the finale.melda crumbliss
As the son of celebrity movie director Stephen Gyllenhaal and his wife Naomi Foner – a famed writer cum producer, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Jake Gyllenhaal has been active in the entertainment sphere since childhood. Jake was featured as a child actor on the set of a Dangerous Woman and City Slickers before his appearance in the 2001 Donnie Darko which saw his transition from a child actor to a full-blown adult male movie sensation.
Once listed by People Magazine as one of the “50 Most Beautiful People” Jake Gyllenhaal has worked very hard to avoid being cast in the stereotype of one of those handsome faces in Hollywood. He is known for unconventional roles that give him room to explore his acting prowess. The famous actor’s big break came on the set of October Sky where he portrayed the character of Homer Hickman. Other movies he has appeared in include but not limited to Homegrown (1998), The Good Girl (2002), The Day After Tomorrow (2004) and Jarhead (2005).
His other notable productions are Brokeback Mountain, Zodiac, Brothers, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, End of Watch, Love & Other Drugs, Enemy, Nightcrawler, Prisoner, Nocturnal Animal and Southpaw. Jake, whose trademark is his smooth voice and dimpled smile, has been honoured with several prestigious awards and nominations, notable among them are the BAFTA Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Academy Awards, Satellite Awards, Independent Spirit Awards and Golden Globe Awards.