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Dickinson takes modeling skills to Oxygen

‘Top Model’ cast off to host own model search show on cable channel
/ Source: The Associated Press

Cast off by "America's Next Top Model," Janice Dickinson will get her own reality modeling show on the Oxygen network.

Dickinson, who claims she was the first supermodel, was ousted from the UPN show in May. During her four seasons on the show, she was the harshest critic of the model hunt's judging panel and often quarreled with fellow judges.

She'll winnow 500 aspiring models down to five as she starts her own Hollywood modeling agency on what is tentatively titled, "The Janice Dickinson Project." Oxygen has ordered 10 episodes, which are expected to begin airing in the spring.

"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," Debby Beece, president of programming at Oxygen, said in a statement Tuesday.

Dickinson, 52, is 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."

She also was a cast member of VH1's "The Surreal Life."