Nigel Barker

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For the past twenty years, Nigel Barker has been taking the worlds of fashion, beauty and entertainment by storm. Regarded internationally as a renowned photographer, his presence in the fashion, beauty and entertainment industries has resulted in an array of exciting projects including films, commercials, spokesperson roles, books, photographic exhibitions, international editorial assignments and the creation of his own show, The Shot on VH1. After 17 seasons as the judge on the hit show, America’s Next Top Model, Barker will be the host on the Oxygen Network’s The Face, alongside Naomi Campbell, Karolina Kurkova and Coco Rocha set to air in 2013.

His directorial debut was a highly acclaimed documentary that he also produced called, A Sealed Fate? – followed by, Generation Free, Haiti: Hunger and Hope and most recently, Dreams are Not Forgotten, which partner with respective charities: The Humane Society of the United States, The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and the Edeyo Foundation, to highlight some of our world’s most pressing issues. Additionally, Barker is involved with the USO and is a celebrity ambassador for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Do Something organization, the United Nations Foundation and campaign shooter for Fashion Targets Breast Cancer.

Barker’s unique positioning as photographer, filmmaker, author and father has secured him highly successful spokesperson positions for prominent brands including, Microsoft, Sony, Crest White Strips and Nine West. Nigel appears alongside Justin Timberlake and Peyton Manning in Sony’s 2010 national ad campaign. In addition, he has lent his personality to television and feature film cameos, event hosting and presenting, including 2007, 2008 and 2010 Emmys on Fox, the 2008 and 2009 Go Green galas in New York, the Genesis Awards and the 2010 Global Fashion Awards. Nigel also appeared as a celebrity judge for the 2008 Miss America Pageant and had cameo roles on several TV series including, The Young & The Restless, Privileged, Stylista, Style Her Famous and Ugly Betty as well as a cameo role in the feature film, Arthur (2011) with Jennifer Garner, Russell Brand, Nick Nolte and Helen Mirren.

Barker authored his first and much anticipated book, Nigel Barker’s Beauty Equation: Revealing a Better and More Beautiful You. The book guides the reader through a series of self-portrait and journaling challenges, which help the reader to discover their inner beauty by building confidence and self-esteem and in turn, enhancing their outer beauty.

Nigel Barker lives in New York City with his wife, Cristen and their two children Jack and Jasmine.

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