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Nigel Barker: Champion of the Baby Seal

News flash! We have officially confirmed noted fashion photographer Nigel Barker does in fact have a soul. Also, Tyra might want to practice introducing him as "noted fashion-slash-nature photographer," as we've just learned Barker has embedded with the Humane Society and selflessly flung himself into the cold nether regions of Eastern Canada to photograph fluffy, white baby harp seals.

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Jill Stuart Ditches Lindsay Lohan for Hilary Swank

Though much of the world still hasn't gotten enough Lindsay Lohan since her nude Marilyn Monroe–inspired pictorial, designer Jill Stuart has. In May 2007 Lohan was the first celebrity to appear in a Jill Stuart campaign; though she never reappeared, the designer said she might. Rumor has it, however, that the brand now has its eyes on Hilary Swank, which would explain the Oscar winner's front-row appearance at Stuart's show during Fashion Week.

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The Fug Girls: Our ANTM All-Star Dream Team

As we watched the parade of sob stories and screeching girls on Wednesday night's premiere of America’s Next Top Model, it got us all misty and nostalgic for the knuckleheads of yore. How much more poetic if Tyra Banks had used her tenth — tenth! — cycle to celebrate the nutjobs who got her there?

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Roberto Cavalli, Imminent Reality-TV Star, Be Clubbin'

Roberto Cavalli is on the fast track to becoming fashion's Hugh Hefner: He's often embedded in a throng of hot ladies, and WWD reports today that not only is he opening nightclubs around the world, but Cavalli also has a television show in the works.

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‘Fashionista’ Is Casting, and We Want You to Star in It

Tyra Banks's latest reality venture, Fashionista, in which contestants compete to become the next top fashion assistant (oh, the glory of it all!), is currently casting — we submitted our application and have yet to be called upon, sniff, but we hear producers are plucking potential cast members right off New York streets.

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Betsey Johnson's Errant Shoe Puts Joan Jett in Danger

Usually by this point in Fashion Week, we're so tired that we start hallucinating celebrities everywhere we look. While this would be divine if we were having visions of Matt Damon, instead there was a split second in which we were convinced we saw Kenneth Branagh wandering around aimlessly in a full-length man mink (strike one), and we thought this one short dude at Carolina Herrera was Lucy Liu (strike two, and we're sorry about that gender mix-up, Lucy).

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Tyra Banks and Vivica A. Fox Speak On the Fabulosity of Kimora

Amid the usual chaos backstage at Baby Phat, Jada Yuan managed to catch up with not only label designer Kimora Lee Simmons, but also Tyra Banks, Robert Verdi, Star Jones, and Vivica A. Fox, who each testified to Kimora's "fabulosity," as Fox put it. "Kimora is big, she's over-the-top, she's a grande dame," said Banks; "she taught me 'off the hook' and 'off the chain' — and the chain is actually diamonds, when it's Kimora's chain," added Verdi. Indeed. Watch the video for more.

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Tyra Thrills, Kimora Dolls Give Chills at Baby Phat

There’s nothing like bookending day one with a pair of genuine national treasures: Liza Minnelli at breakfast time, and come supper, that deeply understated legend of Lycra-blend we call Kimora Lee Simmons. Tonight’s Baby Phat show was everything we’ve come to expect from the exceedingly subtle model turned designer, right down to the feathered hot pants, visible garter belts, and getups that felt inspired by Atonement via a few head injuries and maybe a martini.

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Nigel Barker Is a Real Photographer, Okay?

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Last night we ran into noted fashion photographer Nigel Barker at Maggie Norris's pre–Fashion Week party, and we're happy to report that the man who can most often be found sitting behind the judge's stand on America's Next Top Model does in fact have legs. We asked him if he was going to be bringing his expert opinion to Tyra's new show, Fashionista, in which women will compete to become assistant editors at Elle. "I was asked to come onboard today!" he said. "I said I'd love to." So what is it going to be like? we asked. Will it be like America's Next Top Model only less pretty, and more passive-aggressive? "I think the fashionistas are going to go out there and realize how hard and how cutthroat and ruthless this industry can be," he said. But won't it be kind of mundane? He waved this away. "People are obsessed with all aspects of this industry," he explained. "It's sexy, it's cool, it's unattainable." Which is why, we guess, none of the Top Models have gone on to become, you know, top models. Speaking of the industry: Doesn't Nigel ever miss being a real-life fashion photographer? Apparently, this hit a nerve. "I shoot all the time," he huffed. "Every day! Yesterday! I'm doing a big David's Bridal campaign, and I just did some stuff for Microsoft. I'm a photographer, that's what I do." But what about, um, fashion? He nodded sagely. "You never see me when I'm taking pictures because I'm on the other side of the lens. Look closely at their eyes, and you'll see my reflection." —Amy Preiser For more up-to-the minute Fashion Week madness, check out New York's new blog: The Cut!

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Coming Soon: ‘America's Next Top Assistant Editor’!

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That's right. According to Reuters, Tyra Banks and the producers of America's Next Top Model are going to do a similar show about a group of young people competing to be assistant editors at a real fashion magazine. We can see it now: Olandra: Oh, my God, you guys! We've got Tyra mail. Other girls: TYRA MAAAAAILL! Urethra: Tyra says we have to make an online index of book reviews. It's an ongoing project that she'll check up on in a few weeks! Olandra: OMG. I'm so nervous. We're also in charge of that crotchety old freelancer who never sends in any of her fact-checking. That's, like, two semi-permanent assignments. The Heavy One: And we just got handed that half-page front-of-book spread about sequins! I've talked to like five publicists this week. Man, this is just like when I was an editorial assistant. I can't wait until I get to be an assistant editor! Urethra: Who says you're going to be America's Next Top Assistant Editor? You have a confrontational personality and you don't own enough pencil skirts. The Heavy One: I just don't like the way this show has changed me. I miss my boyfriend and my standard business hours. Pootie: F---ing hell, does anybody know whether the text goes up or down when you put the paper in the fax machine? Olandra: You ass hat, there's, like, a diagram. [Under her breath] Watch this, you guys, she's not even going to dial nine. Riveting television. We can't wait. 'Model' team tapped for fashion-mag reality series [Reuters via Fashionista]

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At Last: Introducing John Edwards, the Minority Candidate

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Remember when we were surprised that, after "The Cry," Hillary Clinton suddenly was turned into a minority candidate? She is a woman, after all, but until recently both she and Obama had done a good job of sidelining their gender and race. Well, now we're really surprised. John Edwards is now claiming to be a accepting the title of "minority candidate," because he is the only white male running in the Democratic primaries. The above clip (click to view) is from an episode of The Tyra Banks Show to be aired on Friday. In it, you'll see the following exchange: Tyra: What does that feel like to be a minority and to be a white male? Edwards: It feels like you have to fight hard for everything you get. Tyra: [Offering up a high five] Give it to me because I'm a black woman. Next thing you know, the Republican candidates will be claiming to be minorities. And then we'll know the apocalypse is nigh. Edwards Talks to Tyra Banks [Time] Related: Hillary Clinton: Minority Candidate

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