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''America's Next Top Model'' judge tells a tall tale

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CLAIM In every episode of America’s Next Top Model, judge Janice Dickinson is introduced as the world’s very first ”supermodel,” a term the show’s lippy looker claims to have coined in 1979.

EVIDENCE The word supermodel appeared as early as 1948 — nearly a decade before the Vogue and Playboy beauty was born — when small-time modeling agent Clyde Matthew Dessner ”super”-sized the profession in his book So You Want to be a Model! And in 1975, when Dickinson was just learning to catwalk, Newsweek revived the term to anoint Veruschka and Margaux Hemingway.

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