Parents' Guide to

The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency

By Jill Murphy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Dickinson's grating reality is a catwalk stumble.

TV Oxygen Reality TV 2006
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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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