6. Kelly Cutrone, PR maven
Kelly is a bit polarizing. Not many people like her dead face and all-black persona, but she’s always been who she is. How else did she go from The Hills to The City, to her own, delicious one-season series, Kell on Earth, to a judge on ANTM? The woman understands how the business works, and is quick to make necessary business decisions.
5. Paulina Porizkova, Legendary supermodel
If there ever was one judge who wore her bitter heart on her sleeve, it was Paulina. A former Sports Illustrated cover model, Paulina replaced Twiggy and brought back the spice for her three cycles of judging.
4. Nigel Barker, Noted fashion photographer
Noted fashion photographer Nigel Barker became one of the many faces associated with ANTM. His shaved head and dimpled chin gave fans something hunky to stare at in the midst of all that estrogen. He was dreamy, had an accent, and offered a perspective from behind the lens. He was good at what he did… if only he didn’t seem so horny on the show. (The man loved to compliment the girls it seemed like he really wanted to sleep with.)
3. Andre Leon Talley, The Andre Leon Talley
When Andre joined the show in 2010, he added an element of pedigree to the judging panel thanks to his connection with Vogue. While at first he seemed like the obvious Pokemon evolution from Nole to Miss J, he proved that he was a judge not to be crossed. He channeled the best disdain of Michael Kors (Project Runway) and mixed it with his own fierce originality.
2. Janice Dickinson, One of the world’s first supermodels
It’s hard to top Janice. The self-dubbed world’s first supermodel, she joined the series hell-bent on making her own. Tyra was having none of it (and sent her packing after Cycle 4), but while Janice was on the show, she made sure you knew it was just that: the Janice Show. Spewing barb after barb from her collagen-injected lips, she was ANTM’s version of Simon Cowell. But that’s why she was so enjoyable: Gurl knew how to make good TV.
1. J. Alexander, Runway diva coach extraordinaire
Cycles 5-13, 21
Miss J’s role on the series has evolved from runway coach, to guest judge, main judge, and former judge. When Tyra cleaned house at the end of Cycle 18, he, Nigel, and Jay Manuel were all sent packing, which was a major shame. On the panel, Miss J shined as an outlandish, flamboyant judge who had a style for every season whether it was ruffled collars, glittered name tags, or afros. He knew how to read and how to coach the girls — a rarity on the show. It’s no wonder Tyra brought him back for Cycle 21.