Tyra Banks is creator and executive producer of AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL. She is also the founder of Ty Ty Baby Productions. Banks is a native of Los Angeles and began her television career as an actress with recurring roles in "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and "Felicity." She starred in the Disney made-for-television movie, "Life Size." Banks' film experience includes leading roles in John Singleton's "Higher Learning" and Jerry Bruckheimer's "Coyote Ugly."
Banks began her modeling career in Europe and evolved into a world-renowned supermodel who has become a pioneer in the industry. She was the first African-American woman to grace the covers of GQ, Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue and the Victoria's Secret catalog. In 1997, she received the prestigious Michael Award for Supermodel of the Year. She later secured an exclusive contract with Victoria's Secret. In addition, Banks has been contracted by Swatch and Cover Girl, and has appeared in ad campaigns for Nike, Pepsi, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren and Dolce & Gabbana. Banks also authored Tyra's Beauty Inside & Out, published by Harper Collins (1998).
Banks founded Tzone, an annual weeklong summer camp experience for teenage girls designed to enhance independence and self-esteem. In addition, Banks has established "The Tyra Banks Scholarship," a fund that grants African-American girls the opportunity to attend her alma mater, Immaculate Heart High School, an all-girls private school in Los Angeles.
Janice Dickinson, one of the world's first supermodels, helped elevate the industry to new heights during the 70s and 80s as she graced the covers of numerous high-profile fashion magazines, including Vogue, Mademoiselle, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Time and Life. She was also featured in top designer runway shows, including Versace, Valentino, Calvin Klein, Giorgio Armani, Perry Ellis, Diane Von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors, among many
others. She is founder of her own make-up line, and recently wrote her autobiography, No Lifeguard on Duty: The Accidental Life of the World's First Supermodel. Dickinson is now a mother of two.
KIMORA LEE SIMMONS
Kimora Lee Simmons is CEO and creative director of Baby Phat. At age 13, she became the muse to the house of Chanel and its designer, Karl Lagerfeld. Her sexy designs reflect the buoyant energy and her strong opinions of style lent from her experiences as a model and a hip-hop socialite.
A native of North London, Twiggy became a living icon in the fashion
world in the mid-1960s. At age 17, Twiggy was internationally known
as the world's first teenage supermodel. During her modeling career,
she graced the covers of virtually every fashion magazine in the
world, including Vogue, Elle, McCall's, Seventeen and
After officially retiring from modeling in 1970, Twiggy became an
actress in film, stage and television. Her film credits include "The
Boy Friend," "The Doctor and the Devils," "Madam Sousatzka" and "The
Blues Brothers." Her television credits include "The Little Match
Girl," "Young Charlie Chapman" and her own ITV chat shows "Twiggy's
People" and "Take Time with Twiggy."
She won two Golden Globe Awards for her role in Ken Russell's film
"The Boy Friend" and was nominated for a Tony Award for her
performance in the award-winning Gershwin musical "My One and Only."
She has also recorded several albums from country pop to Broadway
musicals. Her latest, "Midnight Blue," was released in 2004.
Nigel Barker, renowned high-fashion photographer, returns as an
expert judge for the fifth cycle of AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL. Barker
was born in London and educated in the English countryside. His
introduction to the fashion industry was in the mid-1980s when he
appeared on "The Clothes Show," a televised model search in England.
This launched his successful modeling career, which took him all
over the world working for Giorgio Armani, Valentino, Gaultier,
Kenzo, Donna Karan and Ralph Lauren. After a decade in front of the
camera, Barker followed his dream to become a photographer and moved
to the other side of the lens. By 1996, Barker had launched his own
photo studio, Studio NB, in Manhattan's fashionable meat packing
Barker has been a great help to many models over the years,
carefully nurturing their careers while satisfying clients with his
keen eye for casting the perfect person for each project. Because of
his background, Barker brings a unique sensitivity to the
relationships he forms with his subjects. He plays the role of a
director, pouring his energy into coaxing out the inner beauty in
every subject he shoots.
Manuel made his debut on the first cycle of AMERICA'S NEXT TOP
MODEL, as the makeup artist and photo director who offered his sharp
tongue, color commentary and industry expertise to help transform
the girls from bland to glam. Manuel is no stranger to "the business
of managing the aesthetic" as he calls it. His renowned makeup
skills are always in high demand by the likes of Tyra Banks, Alicia
Silverstone, Jennifer Lopez, Rebecca Romijn, Mya, Kim Cattrall,
Naomi Campbell, Iman, Vanessa L. Williams, Jada Pinkett Smith, Pink,
Emily Watson, Bridget Moynahan, Angela Bassett, Natalie Cole, David
Bowie, Rupert Everett, Patti LaBelle, Toni Braxton, Rosario Dawson
and Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon.
Manuel's unique vision extends much further, having designed ad
campaigns and provided stunning conceptual direction for various
fashion editorials. His collaborations with legendary photographers
Herb Ritts, Richard Avedon, Annie Leibovitz and Francesco Scavullo
have enhanced the pages of Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire
and the Victoria's Secret catalog.