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Big Changes on the Top Model Judges Panel

LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) Janice Dickinson often refers to herself as "the world's first supermodel," a fact viewers of "America's Next Top Model" were reminded of pretty much every week when host Tyra Banks introduced Dickinson and the contest's other judges.

So Banks is going to have to do some fancy rhetorical footwork when she introduces Dickinson's replacement next fall.

Dickinson is leaving UPN's top-rated show and will be replaced by British fashion icon Twiggy in the show's fifth incarnation, which will premiere in the fall. The network says Dickinson, who hasn't been shy about expressing her occasional dissatisfaction with the show, is departing "to pursue other projects," including a TV production deal and a new book. She'll also be on the next season of VH1's "The Surreal Life."

Another judge, stylist Nole Marin, is also stepping off the "Top Model" runway. 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 stint 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."

Twiggy (born Leslie Hornby), so nicknamed because of her stick-thin frame, became a fashion icon in the 1960s when she was still a teenager. Her image has graced the covers of pretty much every fashion magazine in the world.


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May. 27th, 2005 12:02 am (UTC)
May. 27th, 2005 12:02 am (UTC)
Twiggy is going to be a Top Model judge?

How fucking awesome.
May. 27th, 2005 12:16 am (UTC)
I know, AWESOME!
(no subject) - heshootcocacola - May. 27th, 2005 01:41 am (UTC) - Expand
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May. 27th, 2005 12:03 am (UTC)
awe i am sad =(
May. 27th, 2005 12:04 am (UTC)
Oh wow, Twiggy? That's weird...cool, but weird.

I'll really miss Janice though, she was the spice in the ANTM mix. I wonder what kind of judge Twiggy will be.
May. 27th, 2005 12:04 am (UTC)
wow i'm lame. i thought twiggy was dead.

but i'm sad nole is going. i *heart* him. ms.j is a good replacement though
May. 27th, 2005 02:32 am (UTC)
Hahah, so did I. Oopsies on our parts!
(no subject) - pedro_the_liger - May. 27th, 2005 03:06 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - asteroidbelt - May. 27th, 2005 01:52 pm (UTC) - Expand
May. 27th, 2005 12:04 am (UTC)

First, Ken Jennings loses in Jeopardy!.
Then Bo Bice loses in American Idol.

Now this.
May. 27th, 2005 12:32 am (UTC)
and the red sox win the world series?! what's happening to the world??
(no subject) - twerp_5 - May. 27th, 2005 04:00 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - galactic - May. 27th, 2005 02:29 pm (UTC) - Expand
May. 27th, 2005 12:04 am (UTC)
Dude, TWIGGY! And also, yes! Nole is GONE!
May. 27th, 2005 12:05 am (UTC)
But WAIT! Nole is finally off the show. I love Ms. J.

So sad yet so elated.
May. 27th, 2005 12:06 am (UTC)
I also feel...

Janice is like, the BEST part of the show. I mean clearly I'll still watch because I'm still obsessed. But.....ahhhhhh. That SUCKS.

Twiggy is REALLY cool though, on the other hand. So I guess I'm looking forward to that at the same time. I hope she's as bitchy as Janice.
May. 27th, 2005 12:22 am (UTC)
Re: I also feel...
thats how i feel. but then i thought 'hey miss J is going to be on and put the attitude janice had'
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May. 27th, 2005 12:06 am (UTC)
yes i HATE nole. miss j will be a good judge.
but janice, she was great.
May. 27th, 2005 12:07 am (UTC)
Anyone have any pictures of Twiggy? I've never heard of her. x_x
May. 27th, 2005 12:17 am (UTC)
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May. 27th, 2005 12:09 am (UTC)
wait no freaking way!
May. 27th, 2005 12:10 am (UTC)
Thank gawd Nole will be gone. I'll miss Janice but Twiggy is awesome! Maybe this means they'll have a better budget.
May. 27th, 2005 12:29 am (UTC)
and then no Lubriderm ads ever again.
(no subject) - modern_girl - May. 27th, 2005 12:59 am (UTC) - Expand
May. 27th, 2005 12:11 am (UTC)
All we need is Twiggy judging peoples weight ...

If they're going to put someone on the panel instead of Nole, it should be Mr. Jay. He does way more with them than Miss Jay.
May. 27th, 2005 12:13 am (UTC)
Agreed, I love Mr. Jay :/
(no subject) - thedeej - May. 27th, 2005 12:23 am (UTC) - Expand
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May. 27th, 2005 12:11 am (UTC)
I liked Janice, and I'm not the biggest fan of twiggy...
May. 27th, 2005 12:12 am (UTC)
down with evil janice who's a slutty bitch.
up with twiggy!

I'll miss nole though... he was always so nice
May. 27th, 2005 12:13 am (UTC)
but YESSSSSSSSSSS, TWIGGY! she's amazing.

and thank god nole is gone. miss j is so much cooler.
May. 27th, 2005 12:14 am (UTC)
May. 27th, 2005 12:15 am (UTC)
I can't believe that Janice is leaving! She made that show. Nole, whatever. I find it hilarious that they didn't mention why, exactly, he's leaving...fired, perhaps? I will miss Janice so much. The Surreal Life isn't exactly a step in the right direction on her part, but AAAAAHH. How can she do this to us? At least Twiggy may be good...she was an awesome model, but I have no clue about her personality.

I never thought this day would come. I just died a little on the inside.

By the way, the last comment was slightly exaggerated. But only slightly.
May. 27th, 2005 12:15 am (UTC)
Twiggy will be cool.. but JAAAANIIIIIIICEEEEEEEEE!!!!!! ... goodbye, Nole. HELLO, MISS J!

(unintentional rhyme?!)
May. 27th, 2005 12:19 am (UTC)
Here is a twiggy photo gallery: http://www.twiggylawson.co.uk/photogallery.html
May. 27th, 2005 12:22 am (UTC)
Also, Twiggy sort of reminds me of Elyse in some ways.
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May. 27th, 2005 12:23 am (UTC)
WHOA TWIGGY IS AMAZING> i wish they'd replace nole with twiggy, geez. woops. nole is leaving too. whatever.

i didn't even know twiggy was alive still, but i guess.. she's like upper 50ish now.
May. 27th, 2005 12:24 am (UTC)
wtf?! nooooo :( this sucks. Nole too? argh
May. 27th, 2005 12:33 am (UTC)
i like janice, but thank god nole is going too.
i found him tres annoying.

May. 27th, 2005 12:34 am (UTC)
thank god Nole the queen will be gone. He is a waste of air. But Janiiiiice!! noooooooooooooooooo!!this totally sucks!! Janice is my hero! "au revoir, bitches!"
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