Janice Doreen Dickinson (born February 16, 1955) is an American model, author, actress, television personality, and talent agent. Initially notable as a model, she has been disputably described by herself and others as the first supermodel. One of the most successful models of the 1970s and 1980s, she also served as a judge on four cycles on America’s Next Top Model beginning in 2003. She opened a modeling agency in 2005, which was documented in the reality television series The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency (2006–2008).
Dickinson was born in Brooklyn, New York, the second daughter to Jennie Marie (née Pietrzykowski) and Ray Dickinson. Her mother was of Polish descent and her father was of Scottish and Irish ancestry.