America’s top gay model: J.P. Calderon dissects his boss, Janice Dickinson
When it started out, "Janice Dickinson’s Modeling Agency" was only poised to be an "America’s Next Top Model" spin-off. Not only has it survived, some could argue that it has a wider appeal than Tyra Banks’ reality contest.
The third season of "Janice Dickinson" begins Tuesday. And in the previous season, Dickinson practically held J.P. Calderon in her arms as the camera-ready stud modeled for Instinct magazine, which only features gay men on its cover. Calderon was hardly a reality-show virgin: In 2006, he was featured in "Survivor: Cook Islands" - as the presumably "straight" professional volleyball player.
Some dismiss Dickinson as a hotheaded and bitchy drama queen. But as Calderon stressed over coming out, a different side of Dickinson emerged: compassionate and encouraging.
Earlier this week, Calderon phoned the Dallas Voice offices to discuss modeling techniques, hitting on overly handsome dudes and sizing up the fierce diva who runs his modeling agency.
Are the rumors true - that you dated gay "Survivor" cast member Brad Virata, the Filipino-Hawaiian hottie? No. None of it was true. I wasn’t even out at the time. I was still being a straight guy.
You’ve been working with 2xist underwear a lot. Any other modeling jobs coming out? I just did a spread in "Tetu," which is a gay magazine in France. I also book a lot of high-fashion editorial around the world.
Are these jobs you book through Janice Dickinson’s agency? I work with another agency as well. There are rules about it. But every model works with different agencies in different regions. But Janice’s agency is where I got my start.
Have you ever argued with Janice? No. Never. I’ve been yelled at by her. But she yells at everyone.
Could you win an argument with her? I’d hate do even go there. Honestly, it depends on how strong you believe in your convictions. Hopefully, I’d win. But she’s a tough cookie.
Who’s the villain on the show? If there has to be a villain, it’s her business partner, Peter.