Supermodel and television personality Janice Dickinson recently addressed her many controversial remarks on ‘America’s Next Top Model’, saying she doesn’t regret any of her statements made during her run as a judge on the show. The 67-year-old has been a subject of heavy criticism, with fans now slamming her for fat-shaming contestants as well as for her ageist remarks.
This comes after others like Tyra Banks have acknowledged their insensitivity and errors in remarks made on the sets of the reality TV show. Dickinson, on the other hand, emphatically asserted that everything she said was part of “acting” during the show. Notably, she served as the judge on four outings of ‘America’s Next Top Model’, from 2003 to 2006.
In a reel posted on Instagram, the 67-year-old former supermodel answered the question: “Do you have any regrets about things you said/did during your time as a judge on ANTM?” Her answer was short, but assertive, “Umm, no. It was acting. And that’s that.” The caption on the post also read, “People forget that tv is acting.”
Dickinson’s remarks on the sets of ‘America’s Next Top Model’ came under scrutiny when footage from the TV show resurfaced and went viral. In it, the television personality can be seen criticizing model Robin Manning and her “plus-sized” physique. In the clip, the former show judge comments, “Robin’s out as far as I’m concerned about being a supermodel.”
In addition to Dickinson, Season 1 of the show also featured Banks, Kimora Lee Simmons and Beau Quillian as judges. When she was asked about the reason behind her judgment by the others, Dickinson held her ground and added, “And that’s my humble opinion… because I think the [next] America’s top model is not a plus-sized model. I’m sorry.”
Later, in the same footage, the judges are once again seen discussing the contestant, with Dickinson labeling Manning to be “too huge” to be a model. “She’s not going to be a top model. She should [go] for a car-toppling company,” said the author of autobiography ‘No Lifeguard on Duty: The Accidental Life of the World’s First Supermodel.’
In 2015, speaking to the Oprah Winfrey Network, Dickinson revealed that her role on the show was “to be a female Simon Cowell – to be feeding in a negative fashion things about the girls.”
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