The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency

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Jill Murphy, Common Sense Media
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Dickinson's grating reality is a catwalk stumble.

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Janice is overbearing, constantly yelling, passive-aggressive, abrasive, and egotistical. She's condescending to the models, building them up and then knocking them down. On the plus side, there's diversity in the cast.


Photo shoots in skimpy clothes, nude modeling (blurred out), plenty of cleavage and guys with six-pack abs.


Swear words are bleeped out.


The entire series plays like an ad for the modeling agency.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this reality series focuses on discovering men and women who have the potential to become models. Host Janice Dickinson (herself a former model) has an abrasive, overbearing personality. She tells potential models to lose weight, firm up, or that they're too short. She refers to herself as "the world's first supermodel." She also gets botox injections on the program.

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What's the story?

Janice Dickinson, the self-proclaimed "world's first supermodel" has founded THE JANICE DICKINSON MODELING AGENCY. Dickinson signed multiple unprofessional models to her agency after taking photos of them and seeing how they could be groomed or what she could change in each of them. ("I believe in you, but you have to be willing to do something about your nose.") Now, reality TV is stepping in to show viewers what happens next.

Is it any good?

Anyone familiar with the 53-year-old Dickinson knows that she has a mouth that doesn't quit, a beauty that she refuses to let age, and an ego that can take over any room. All of these less-than-delightful traits are front and center at her modeling agency. Dickinson -- a mother of two who's known for her brutal honesty and has been compared to American Idol's Simon Cowell -- claims to have a knack for "seeing the model in people who don't see themselves as a model." Her oh-so-quotable phrases don't quit as she describes how she took her skill to the streets of Los Angeles, where she prowled the crowded promenades looking for the next "it" girl and guy.

Dickinson is frantic and erratic in what she says to the young hopefuls. She takes under her wing a beauty who was kicked out of the house -- then, in another episode, tells the same girl that she can't serve as a stand-in for her mother. It's Dickinson's strong delivery and fluctuating opinions that make for an inconsistent and often questionable Janice Dickinson. The series highlights Dickinson's abrasive persona all too well and is a step in the wrong direction for her. With younger, more well-known models like Banks and Heidi Klum already running successful modeling and fashion-competition programs, there's little room on the younger generation's hot list for an aging model with poor street cred.

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  • Families can talk about why models are so idolized. Why do young people go to such great lengths to become fashion models? Are they "models" of anything besides a particular type of body image? Does the series inspire your teens to go into modeling? What do they see as the advantages and disadvantages of a career in modeling?

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