Janice Dickinson refers to herself as “the world’s first supermodel” on “America’s Next Top Model.” Therefore, the show’s host Tyra Banks will have to find a new way to hype the program when it returns next fall.
Dickinson is leaving UPN’s top-rated show and will be replaced by British fashion icon Twiggy in the show’s fifth season. The network says Dickinson, who hasn’t been shy about expressing her occasional dissatisfaction with the show, is leaving “to pursue other projects,” including a TV production deal and a new book.
Another judge, stylist Nole Marin, is also leaving the show. He’ll be replaced by “Miss” J. Alexander, who has made frequent appearances on the show in the past as the models’ runway coach. Banks and photographer Nigel Barker will continue their role as judges.
“We are thrilled to have Twiggy as a part of this cycle’s judging panel; the show and participants will benefit a great deal from her vast knowledge and expertise,” executive producer Ken Mok says. “With Twiggy and the addition of runway expert J. Alexander as judges, we’re guaranteed to have some lively judging sessions.”