SOAPBOX: Gay's Not Just Good...It's Goddamn Fabulous
For the last 32 years, I’ve worked in the industry where I reigned as the world’s first supermodel in front of the camera, coined the term supermodel in 1979, been in back of the camera as a fashion photographer for 30 years, been an editor for several magazines and been a syndicated photographer for Sygma for the last 25 years. I think I have a little bit of instinct on what it takes to be a model in today’s age.
I wouldn’t say I’ve outlasted everybody. Iman’s just as much of a relic as I am. I work on a great network with a great team, and I’m looking for models. On my show, I get to be like a gay man, finding hot guys and getting them naked, but I don’t have to buy them drinks first.
Gay men have embraced me as an icon, because I am a gay icon. I have supported gay men ever since I arrived in New York in 1975. Gay men made me who I am. They taught me how to walk, talk and work the camera angles like no one else. In fact, I owe my entire career to gay men.
I think gay men love women like me because gay men themselves are beautiful, fearless and powerful. It takes a lot of courage and conviction to recognize and embrace who you really are. That is why I have always involved myself with and lived in and among the gay world for the last 51 years, and will continue to do so. I was queen of the White Party, honey.
My motto always is “fake it ’til you make it.” Look, not every day I wake up feeling in the best of shape, but I get down on my knees and I embrace who I am as a woman, as a single mom, who I am with my agency, working for a great network. I just try to find a balance.
My third book came out May 6, called Check, Please: Dating, Mating, Extricating (Judith Regan, HarperCollins, plug plug). My life as a writer was much easier. But on the other hand, yes, if I can help people with incest issues, if I can help people with alcoholism, if I can help people with chemical dependency, I will be the fi rst person to help anyone. Giving back to society makes me a better person.
I’m a thrival artist. That’s another word I’ve coined. It’s a combination of surviving and thriving. We all have thrival instincts—they’re what keep us going.
What is it like dating Janice Dickinson? Probably a car wreck. I’ve learned how to get in and out with the least amount of pain and the maximum amount of fun. That’s what’s in the book—it’s written for straights and gays alike! It makes Sex And The City look like kindergarten!
The only reason strong women threaten people is because we’re better than everyone else. What do women want? Men with true religion, men with big packages, men who want to fi nd contentment. I think men and women, gay or straight, want to find contentment. Don’t they?
I want to be content. I’ll know it when I find it. I’m not on the hunt for a man. I just want to keep my children balanced, do my work, and hopefully, if I find contentment with the right guy, or a soulmate, that would just be icing on the cake. I’d like to find a guy who would understand me. I want to have fun! I want to laugh! I want to have great sex! ON TOP! Yuk-yuk! Anyway, it’s better for my ass. Isn’t that what it’s all about?
How high has the price been for beauty in my life? I don’t know. I’d need an accounting firm to figure it out. The price to suffer for beauty is neverending. In fact, when they dig me up in about 1,000 years, with my fake tits, my fake teeth, my fake hair and my fake nails on a bony old skeleton, I’ll finally be happy: I’ll be perfect. King Tut, this!
For all you readers of this gay rag: embrace yourgayness, because I do!
The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency premieres June 6 and airs Tuesdays on Oxygen (oxygen.com ).