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Former 'Sports Illustrated' cover girl Paulina Porizkova dumped by 'America's Next Top Model'

Updated: 2009-05-13T05:55:40Z

Former '80s supermodel Paulina Porizkova revealed Tuesday that she's been fired from her job as a judge on Tyra Banks' "America's Next Top Model."

The show ends its current cycle on Wednesday.

Porizkova, who became famous for appearing on back-to-back covers of the "Sports Illustrated" swimsuit issue in 1984 and 1985, spilled the beans to Craig Ferguson on his "Late, Late Show."

"Listen, do you know why I am in Los Angeles? Because I am looking for a job," Porizkova told Ferguson. "Because I was fired by 'America's Next Top Model' on my birthday." (That would have been April 9.)

"The reason I was told I was fired was because, it seemed, that 'America's Next Top Model' has gotten too fat and they needed to cut some fat and the fat was me," Porizkova said.

"So I figured it was either that or my gigantic huge ego. Which I wasn't aware of until I was told by the producers that I have an ego problem."

Ego? What ego?

Here, in a flashback to an interview she did last year with Starpulse.com, Porizkova looked forward to the judging gig.

In your opinion, what makes a top model?

"Well, apparently an ironing board cover."

An ironing board cover?

"Mmm hmmm. Haven't you noticed that in the press everybody who's ever done even a picture is a top model automatically? I don't think much is required for a top model these days."

So obviously, in your opinion it's changed over the years.

"Yes, back in my day top models were really significant. Now they're just random girls who are described as top models. If they are on the arm of a celebrity than they're always described as top models. They're never just models. Always top models."

It seems if you ask who the supermodels are it's not anybody from today. It's people from a few years ago.

"Oh, supermodels are dead. That's over and gone. There are no more supermodels. That's for sure. But we're just talking top models here. Supermodels… that's the dinosaur. They've died out. Top models are flourishing. At least in print."

How important is personality?

"Well, because she's on TV, because you don't see her one dimensionally … This is what I keep telling everybody. Look, reality TV is not real, first of all. And 'Top Model' is nothing like the real world of modeling. It's far more glamorous and far better and more fun. If you actually watched a real thing about models, you'd die of boredom. It's the same thing day in and day out. It's so unexciting.

"I'm sitting there, and I'm seeing the photo shoots they're doing, and I'm jealous. Every judge session I'm thinking, 'I modeled for 20 years, why didn't I get to do that?' These girls have it so good. I think they know it, kind of. What they don't realize is that the show itself may be the highlight of their lives. I would take that and run with it. They'll have a name after this show. But does that mean they're going to become a model? Probably not because first of all there is no room for models on covers, in case nobody's noticed, except for ironing boards.

"Normal models, we work to get where those girls start. When you made it big you were on TV and you became a household word. They start as a household word. Then they work their way down."

I know maybe it's the editing, but they bring you out and you're like, 'You need to work on your skin, and you need to work on this…'

"If it was said, I obviously said it. I think they needed a bitch on the show, I guess. I sort of haplessly provided because I'm honest. Of course when I speak to the girls I'm not just going, 'Well you're a hag so forget it. You need to fix this or this.' I go up to the girls, and the part you don't see is I say, 'You have beautiful eyes, you really know how to dress but you don't have good skin.' So I tell her the positive, and then I tell her this is what you need to work on.

"Sure, they're just going to edit it into bad skin, blah blah, bad hair. That's not really what's going on, but if it makes it entertaining to watch…I prefer to be Simon Cowell to Paula (Abdul)."

| Posted by Lisa Gutierrez, The Star

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