|WHO’S THE FIERCEST OF THEM ALL? |
Newbie mogul Janice Dickinson.
By Daniel A. KusnerThe woman can out-talk and out-name-drop anyone on the planet. A force of nature who never seems to tire, Janice Dickinson is the ultimate reality-TV star. Just point a camera in her direction, and she’s bound to outrageously perform.
But don't brush off her too quickly.
Before she gained notoriety as the Simon Cowell-like viper on “America’s Next Top Model,” Dickinson was already a bestselling author. In 2002, she published the shockingly juicy “No Lifeguard on Duty,” which detailed her infamous modeling career and her pedophiliac father who molested Janice’s sisters. (That book ends with Janice throwing her dad’s angina pills out a car window while he’s suffering a heart attack. Before admitting him to a nearby hospital, Janice got in his face and yelled, “Die, motherfucker!”)
This week, Dickinson released her third book, “Check, Please! How to Pick Up Boys … And Dump Them When You’re Done” (Regan Books, $25.95). And on Saturday, the Oxygen network launches her new reality series “The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency.”
Although she’s an egomaniac, Dickinson frequently reveals her many flaws. The only reason she should be offering relationship advice is because she fails at them over and over again. That same tack is employed on her first reality show: The self-proclaimed “world’s first supermodel” opens her first agency, and the viewer gets to watch her fall on her Botoxed face.
During a recent phone interview, the busy Dickinson orders me to start firing away questions.
Do you have any significant ties to Dallas? I … [slept with] Debbie. You know, from “Debbie Does Dallas.” I probably slept with a few Dallas Cowboys, too.
If you’re the first supermodel, then who is Suzi Parker? Suzi was one of the original supermodels. She was a 1950s model who was shot by Irving Penn. She was not a complete supermodel because Suzi didn’t work the runway like I did. That’s why I’m a supermodel and Suzi isn’t.
And Lauren Hutton wasn’t a supermodel because she didn’t do runway, and she didn’t do catalog. Lauren was purely a supermodel who had a big Revlon contract.
It’s national gay pride month. In 2006, does being openly gay still hinder a model’s chances for obtaining work? Unfortunately, it does. That’s pretty sad, isn’t it? Hopefully, as my agency keeps growing, I can help change things. But even in the fashion industry, when it comes to hiring models, homophobia is still something we keep fighting against. But I think things are changing. My son recently bragged to me that he made out with one of his best [male] friends. So for him and his generation, it’s like being gay or bisexual or whatever is no big deal.
In your book, “Check, Please!” you say that on the first date, the man always pays. Who should pay on same-sex dates? Sorry to say this, but the gays and lesbians will have to go dutch.
The title of “Check, Please” refers to being on a date and asking for the check to indicate that you’ve had enough — like the “dump button” is always within reach. If a prospective partner tells you they’re HIV positive, is that a deal breaker? No at all. Listen, I once hooked up with [the late supermodel] Gia, who died of AIDS in 1986. And even if I did know she was HIV positive, I still would hopped in bed with her. She was gorgeous. I knew way too many beautiful, wonderful, amazing people who have died from AIDS — Francisco Scavullo, Halston. And I would never dump anyone because they’re had AIDS. To me, that’s just deplorable. In fact, I’d dump any bigot who would say that HIV was a deal breaker for them.