Having lived out a career in front of and behind the lens, America’s Next Top Model judge Nigel Barker knows a thing or two about mugging for the camera. And when is comes to a winning smile, the model-turned-photographer says that while his ANTM co-star Tyra Banks always looks great, right now it’s newlywed and mom-to-be Ashlee Simpson that has him going wow!

OK! caught up with Nigel at the Crest Whitestrips, My Life In Smiles event in NYC recently, where he was also excited to announce he was having another baby.

Congrats on having another baby!

It’s very exciting. It puts a big smile on my face! One boy is crazy but two is going to be even more ridiculous! My wife is going to have three men around and I’m not sure if she’s prepared for that!

Who has the best smile in Hollywood?
The most real or the best!? I think someone with the best right now and someone who is happy with herself right now is Ashlee Simpson. She just got married and I saw her and she was smiling from side to side.

Who’s been your favorite person to photograph?
Well Tyra Banks is always a good one. I photographed Tyra and she has an incredible smile. She’s always been a favorite of mine. I photograph different people all the time. I like to shoot all kinds of people.

I also just got back from Haiti and I was photographing the food shortages and the people out there. But they’re still smiling and happy because they’re happy about life. They’re still in love with people and they’re still in love with their kids. You can’t take that away from anybody.

Did you always want to be a photographer?

I got a camera when I was nine years old and it wasn’t until I was a model that I realized you could be a photographer for a job. Up until then I just thought it wasn’t a career; it was a hobby. I got lucky.

How’s ANTM going?
Is going very well. I’m right in the middle. I’m going to our secret location tomorrow.

Oh yeah, where is it: Europe, Asia?
Somewhere in there! There’s a couple of crazy people though. It’s a little scary! I don’t know how that happens! There’s a lot of crazy. It could be called feisty house!


By Jocelyn Vena

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