Wilhelmina became Dickinson's first agent. Her modeling pursuits led her to Paris, France, where her "exotic looks" secured her reputation within the European fashion industry.
Dickinson, who had not forgotten Ford's initial rejection, was intent on revenge. By the s, Dickinson was considered a supermodel, as she "possessed the kind of name and face recognition" that the majority of women in the modeling industry strive to achieve.
Dickinson has appeared on the cover of Vogue both American and international editions 37 times. Dickinson looked for ways to sustain her relevance within the fashion industry as she aged, becoming a fashion photographer. In , Dickinson launched her own jewelry line on HSN. First supermodel Edit Dickinson is the self-proclaimed "world's first supermodel". True Hollywood Story, she claimed to have coined the term "supermodel" in Her manager, concerned that at the peak of her modeling career she was doing too much work, told her, "You are not Superman.
The term supermodel was already known in the s. Later in , Clyde Matthew Dessner used the term in his modeling book. The term was popular throughout the s to s. The Gazette dated July 8, described Penelope Tree as a supermodel. Lisa Fonssagrives and Dorian Leigh, whose careers began before Dickinson was born, have been retroactively recognized as the 20th century's first supermodels.
Gia Carangi has been called the first supermodel as well as Jean Shrimpton. Television Edit In , Dickinson returned to media attention with her stint as a judge on the reality television series America's Next Top Model. She was hired after producer Tyra Banks read No Lifeguard On Duty and realized that Dickinson could offer the contestants advice on the perils of the fashion industry.
As a panelist, Dickinson became known for her wit and incisive, brutally honest critiques. A recurring source of tension between Dickinson and Banks was the former's dubiety concerning plus-size models. After four cycles, Banks fired Dickinson, replacing her with Twiggy.
Dickinson was hurt by the decision. As the photographer for a photo challenge in cycle 5, in a mentor role in cycle 6, and as the interviewee for an interview challenge in cycle 7. In , Dickinson was a cast member on The Surreal Life during its fifth season.
She was confronted by castmate Omarosa Manigault during a publicity photo shoot while Dickinson was posing with a prop knife. After being physically separated by Bronson Pinchot the two continued to feud throughout the series. The program, which ran for four seasons, documented Dickinson launching a new career as a modeling agent. S on Oxygen on February 19, She set the record for most Bushtucker trials, competing ten times in a row.
In the finale of the series, it was announced that Dickinson had gained second place in the competition, with Christopher Biggins coming first. Dickinson was also a contestant for series two of the American version of I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! She was eliminated from the show on June 18, In , Dickinson was a guest judge on the Finnish version of the Top Model franchise. She created controversy after the claimed effects of accidentally mixing a sleeping aid with champagne caused her to fall down a flight of stairs and burst out at the models.
Dickinson was taken to a hospital where she was told she had no visible injuries. She later apologized to the models during the show's airing.
Other guest appearances include "Still Charmed and Kicking", an episode of Charmed in which Paige disguises herself as Dickinson in order to fool both her sisters and old family friends that people important to her did actually care that she had "died.
In , Dickinson appeared on the celebrity edition of British dinner-party contest Come Dine With Me, on which she frequently butted heads with former Page 3 Girl Samantha Fox over her glamour modeling career, and flirted with Calum Best. Dickinson appeared in the fourth season of Celebrity Rehab with Dr.
Drew, which premiered in December In , she guest-starred in an episode of titled "Project Runway". Music In , Dickinson recorded a song entitled "Crazy", which was written and produced by Craig Taylor.
Personal life Edit Dickinson has been married three times. Gerston —96; also recorded as Alan B. She has a daughter, Savannah, by former boyfriend, Michael Birnbaum.
In her books and in interviews, she has discussed her numerous sexual relationships with male and female celebrities. In , she was engaged to marry Dr. Robert Gerner, a psychiatrist. During an episode of the reality show The Surreal Life, Dickinson revealed in-depth information about the emotional abuse she endured as a child and teenager. She stated to her cast mates, "My father was a pedophile. He was a dark, angry guy. Being forced to have a pedophile for a father is probably the most horrible thing that can happen to a child, bar none.
If I ever exposed my pedophile father, I would've been murdered. So you know what he did instead? He beat me on a daily basis. Maybe I wanted to kill the abuser? She said that she tried to write about the assault in her autobiography, but Cosby and his lawyers pressured her and her lawyers to remove the details. Dickinson became the most visible of a number of women who accused Cosby of committing sexual harassment and rape years before in multiple separate incidents.
Criminal charges have not been filed against Cosby, although he is known to have settled out of court in confidential agreements with one woman making similar accusations in In the eighth episode of the same series, she said, "I waited until I was 32 to get married. Titled No Lifeguard on Duty: Her next memoir, Check Please!
Dating, Mating, and Extricating , is purported to show a lighter and more tender side of Dickinson. In the book, Dickinson discusses the men in her life, and prescribes her rules for dating. Bibliography Dickinson, Janice