The ex-America's Next Top Model judge will soon have her own TV series

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated December 29, 2005 08:00 AM

Being booted off America’s Next Top Model last May hasn’t harmed Janice Dickinson: The 52-year-old model of self-assurance is about to star in her own reality modeling show on the Oxygen network.

Dickinson, who claims she was the first supermodel – Suzy Parker in the ’50s and Lauren Hutton in the ’70s are usually credited with that title – was ousted from the UPN show after four seasons in which she proved herself to be the harshest critic on the judging panel. She also thought nothing of quarreling with her fellow judges.

On her new show, tentatively titled The Janice Dickinson Project and set to debut in the spring, she’ll select five models from an original pool of 500 and then sign the winning quintet to her own Hollywood modeling agency that she intends to launch, the Associated Press reports.

“She’s starting a new business with all its challenges, while trying to be a good mom and guide new models through a tough business,” said Debby Beece, president of programming at Oxygen, who has ordered 10 episodes.

Dickinson, the author of No Lifeguard on Duty: The Accidental Life of the World’s First Supermodel and Everything About Me Is Fake … and I’m Perfect, most recently was seen clashing with Omarosa on VH1’s The Surreal Life.