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Role: Girl Up Champion

Pronouns: He/Him

Nigel Barker is an internationally renowned photographer and entrepreneur who opened his New York studio in 1996. He served 17 seasons as photographer and judge on the hit TV show, America’s Next Top Model, which airs in over 140 countries, and hosted Oxygen Network’s modeling competition series, The Face, starring alongside Naomi Campbell. Barker also created the VH1 Reality show The Shot,  His latest hit show Top Photographer premiered to rave reviews and a second season is in the works. 


Barker’s presence in the fashion and entertainment industry has resulted in an array of exciting projects including the creation of his own furniture line the NB1 & NB2 Collections, A skate board collection with ShutNYC, 3 signature fragrances with Demeter, a unique custom NB Photobooth, the first ever specialty Gin & Tonic glass and many more innivative projects.  He is also a Founder and partner in the new NYC/LA gym, The DOGPOUND. Barker’s latest business venture V1VE, a digital media company aggregating a curated collection of the best in class in Fitness and Wellness launches Q1 2022. 


Barker has directed and produced films, documentaries and commercials for Hollywood clients to international charitable organizations and was awarded the “Film Heals” Award for Humanitarianism at the 6th Annual Manhattan Film Festival for Dreams Are Not Forgotten. Using the power of photography and motion pictures he has been able to spread his humanitarian message to vast audiences through films, PSA’s and traveling exhibitions.  He has worked with several charitable organizations including the Special Olympics where he serves as a Champion Ambassador, The Humane Society of the United States, The Humane Society International, Make A Wish Foundation, The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation (as a 2 term board member), Jumpstart (where he serves as a board member)The Edeyo Foundation (board member) and the USO where he serves as a digital advisory committee member. 


Drawing upon his 20+ years of experience in the fashion and beauty industries, he has two books—The Beauty Equation, published by Abrams, and his latest book, New York Times Best Seller Models of Influence published by Harper Collins. Nigel currently lives in New York with his wife and renown Yogi, Cristen AKA @ChinTwins and their two children Jack and Jasmine.