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Copywriting ︎ Fashion Editorial

ALIVE Magazine

Fashion Editor


For more than 20 years, photographer, reality TV host and author Nigel Barker has played it straight in the whimsical world of fashion (ask anyone in the industry: it’s no easy task). And there’s no arguing that the fashion pro’s down-to-earth mentality and tell-it-like-it-is approach have served him well. What began as an “on a whim” dip into the fashion world as a model in the late 80s has led to countless career highlights, including photography gigs with international publications such as Numero Russia, GQ and Interview starring top models–among them Coco Rocha and Naomi Campbell–in addition to a now 13-year foray into reality TV’s dramatic highs and lows. And Barker’s ever-evolving career is not about to slow down now.
Fresh off an impressive 18-season run as a judge and photographer on Tyra Bank’s “America’s Next Top Model,” Barker is channeling his expertise for several ventures that include hosting yet another hit show, Oxygen’s “The Face” (also starring the aforementioned Ms. Naomi Campbell), and releasing a new book, “Models of Influence,” which will bring the fashion maestro to St. Louis on March 11 for an event at Left Bank Books.

The book, Barker’s second, highlights 50 of recent history’s most influential models in a visual synopsis that examines their impact on the world of pop-culture. The effect is a stunning retrospective that allows Barker to provide his no-nonsense take on several of his passions: modeling, photography and writing. Which begs the question: Is there anything he can’t do?

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