Pencil Paparazzi: Janice Dickinson… cutting in line, talking loudly and doing lunges at Starbucks

I’ve got another entry for our ever-growing Pencil Paparazzi file. This one comes from a woman by the name of Kelli Paige, who, a few years ago, apparently had a run-in with self-proclaimed “world’s first supermodel” Janice Dickinson in an Ann Arbor Starbucks.


The drawing was accompanied by the following note:

According to a review of my Facebook timeline, it was August 29, 2012, at the Starbucks on the corner of State and Liberty, that I came in contact with Janice Dickinson. She was dressed casually, but with sunglasses (inside), and, I think, a baseball cap, as if to try and conceal her identity. However, she was talking loudly on her cell phone and her voice was immediately recognizable. She was also stretching and taking up a lot of space. She was doing lunges and stand-up yoga poses while waiting for her drink. Her face was swollen, and she cut in front of a bunch of people in line. I remember that I couldn’t help but stare at her. Something about the spectacle made me think, “This is probably what it would be like to see Michael Jackson in person.”

Sadly, there was no mention of what Dickinson was talking loudly about on her cell phone while doing lunges… I’m imagining her screaming at one of her enablers in LA about how Tyra Banks is “soulless, heartless and cold”, but I suspect it wasn’t anywhere near that interesting. Given that, like Madonna, the former model has a daughter at the University of Michigan, it was likely just a conversation about whether to buy blue or maize “Michigan Parent” yoga pants at the M Den.

A NOTE TO OUR READERS: Remember, if you see someone famous, don’t approach them. Don’t try to attempt smalltalk. Don’t ask them about their various well-publicized affairs and addictions. And, for god’s sake, don’t take photos. If you do, you my might spook them. And it might be the last thing that you ever do. No, just set up your easel a respectful distance away, and commence drawing.

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  1. Posted June 25, 2014 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

    I’ve never heard of this person.

    Is she related to Bruce Dickenson?

  2. Quote
    Posted June 26, 2014 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    “Fuck you, Tyra. Eat a bag of boiled skank.”

  3. lorie
    Posted June 26, 2014 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    Who the heck is she? Don’t recognize the name but that may be a good thing given the state of media today.

  4. K2
    Posted June 26, 2014 at 11:22 am | Permalink


    Dickinson, a popular model in the 70s, calls herself the world’s first super model. I believe she claims to have coined the phrase actually. She was also the girlfriend of Sylvester Stalone. These days she’s better known for having been a judge on America’s Next Top Model, where she had the job of being the mean judge who would say hurtful things and make girls cry.

  5. Tom Henderson
    Posted June 26, 2014 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    There was a documentary that ran on HBO back in 1981 in which she came across pretty well. It was called “Beautiful, Baby, Beautiful.”

    The whole thing can be watched here:

    Here’s the part with Janice Dickinson:

  6. anonymous
    Posted June 26, 2014 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    I’d forgotten early HBO. That’s hilarious.

  7. Bob
    Posted June 26, 2014 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    What exactly did Madonna do to you?

  8. Posted June 26, 2014 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    I should not admit this publicly, but I watched a reality show with her on it. It was one of the VH1 shows that would come on on Sunday nights. She would preface most statements by saying, “As the world’s first supermodel….” or “Well, since I’m the world’s first supermodel, I think….”.

    Ah! I found it! I forgot that Pepa was also on it:

  9. Starbucks
    Posted June 30, 2014 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    That shit wouldn’t fly at an Ann Arbor Starbucks today.

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