“It’s bull,” says Dickinson, now in the second season of Oxygen’s “The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency.”
Dickinson says the new recommendations, prompted by Madrid’s new minimum body mass index for models and the November death of a 21-year-old Brazilian model who died of anorexia, are ridiculous. They include developing workshops on the causes and effects of eating disorders, providing healthy backstage meals and snacks (instead of the usual cigarettes and champagne), keeping models under age 16 off the runway and requiring those identified as having an eating disorder to receive professional help.
The welfare of models should not be a concern of designers, Dickinson declares. “It’s up to the models, the parents and the agents,” says Dickinson, who is herself in the position of hiring models for her L.A. agency. “I’m dying to find kids who are too thin. I’ve got 42 models in my agency and I’m trying to get them to lose weight. In fact, I wish they’d come down with some anorexia.” When you laugh at such politically incorrect statements, Dickinson yells back, “I’m not kidding. I’m running into a bunch of fat-assed, lazy little bitches who don’t know how to do the stairs or get their butts into the gym.”
One very pretty model candidate on the show came in for some particularly harsh Dickinson criticism. “She had a big, wide, low-slung ass. She’s gotta do some stairs. She’s gotta do lunges. She’s gotta have sex on top. Anything to get her ass of the back of her knee-caps.”
Dickinson, who says she’s still the “perfect sample size four,” says nothing about the beauty business has really changed “I’ve been saying this ever since Brooke Shields squeezed her 15-year-old little ass into a pair of Calvin Klein jeans (in 1980): Models are supposed to be thin. They’re not supposed to eat. In fact, I’m not going to eat for the rest of the day because we had this conversation.”