Janice Dickinson

by ethnic on March 2, 2010

Birth Name: Janice Doreen Dickinson

Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 15, 1955

*English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish (father)
*Polish (mother)

Janice Dickinson is an American model, photographer, author, and talent agent. She has described herself as the first supermodel in the fashion industry. She is one of the judges on America’s Next Top Model.

Her father, Samuel Ray Dickinson, was of English and Scots-Irish/Northern Irish descent. Her mother, Jennie/Jenny (Pietrzykoski), was of Polish ancestry.

Janice is married to psychiatrist Robert Gerner. She has a son with her former husband, Simon Fields, and a daughter with her former partner, Michael Birnbaum.

Janice’s paternal grandfather was Morgan William Dickinson (the son of Samuel T. Dickinson and Barbara Ward).

Janice’s paternal grandmother was named Dena Tubbs.

Janice’s maternal grandfather was Alexander/Aleksander Pietrzykoski (the son of Stefan Pietrzykoski and Kamila/Camila Neviuska). Alexander was born in Belsk Duzy, Mazowieckie, Poland.

Janice’s maternal grandmother was named Julia Malinoski/Malinowski. Julia was Polish.

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{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

phaedra April 24, 2016 at 11:53 pm

Thought it was Caitlyn Jenner for a sec.

JoshG October 25, 2015 at 12:26 pm

She loves to make up stories for attention.

cwm85 July 31, 2015 at 7:15 am

I thought she was english. The polish surprised me, though I see some polish traits in her now…

neiltennant July 13, 2015 at 10:45 am

everyone knows she is a liar

she lied about her age !

she lied about her career. She claims to be the first supermodel. But she was not the first supermodel and she had never the status of a supermodel. being on a dozen vogue magazines does now make her the first supermodel

noneofyourbusiness February 1, 2015 at 6:12 am

She looks slightly Asian.

She looks Eurasian here: http://iv1.lisimg.com/image/3504109/600full-janice-dickinson.jpg

M May 31, 2015 at 8:26 am

Wow Janice was stunning back then. She does look Asian or Indigenous South American. She completely ruined her face now, she’s so ugly and resembles Steven Tyler.

ses101 June 24, 2018 at 2:12 pm

Yeah, she was really nice looking when she was younger, and she did look like she had a little East Asian blood.

Ocean September 3, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Dude, it is a hassle trying to have a debate with you because you cannot even read.

Dickinson is a English and Scottish surname. It is not Irish. That was mentioned several times.

Janice’s father did not immigrate from Belarus nor was he born in Eastern Europe. His family had already been in the United States, and for the last time, she is not Jewish. There were plenty of non-Jewish Eastern Europeans here before 1917, and most people from Eastern Europe are not Jewish.

You said Radcliffe and Johansson highlight their Jewish ancestry to get ahead in Hollywood because it is a very Jewish place, but now you are saying that celebrities try to hide their Jewish ancestry. You are contradicting yourself and failing to make sense.

Oksana Grigorieva-Chernukha is not Jewish. Why would you want her to be in the first place? And Griogorieva and Chernukha are definitely not Jewish surnames.

I have no idea why you want Dickinson and Grigorieva (who is totally irrelevant) to be Jewish. It makes no sense.

Do you think Olga Kurylenko is Jewish as well? Because you seem to think everyone from Eastern Europe that is not blonde is Jewish.

Sylvester Stallone has a Jewish grandparent on his maternal side, but he was raised as a Catholic and obviously identifies with his Italian heritage. What is wrong with mentioning that one of his grandparents was Ukrainian Jewish? What is the big deal?

Furthermore, Michael Bay is Jewish and he practices the religion. This is well known, but you are now saying that he is not Jewish. For what reason?

It seems you have hatred for Jewish people because you seem to be upset that someone brought up that Stallone has a Jewish grandparent, and you even stated that you want DICKINSON and OKSANA GRIGORIEVA-CHERNUKHA to be Jewish only because of the awful things they have said and done.

You then said that Radcliffe and Johansson only speak of their Jewish ancestry to get ahead in Hollywood, and that it is unfortunate that Gwyneth Paltrow and Michael Douglas are not Jewish under Jewish law because their mothers are not but their fathers are. But when it comes to Dickinson and Griogorieva, they are hiding their Jewish roots because they are ashamed if them. What the hell? First, Johansson and Radcliffe only highlight their Jewish ancestry because it makes them look good, but Dickinson and Griogorieva are hiding it because they are ashamed? Give me a break. You are contradicting yourself and make little to no sense.

Last but not least, this site is about ethnicity and ancestry. Guess what? Stallone has a Ukrainian Jewish grandparent, so it IS a part of his ethnicity, and there is nothing wrong with mentioning this.

You keep saying she is a bigot, but the only reason you WANT Dickinson and Grigorieva, who are not Jewish, to be Jewish is because of their less than pleasant personas.

Why are you not flooding Olga Kurylenko’s board with false accusations of her being Jewish? Why are you not doing the same for Natalie Wood? They are both from Eastern Europe.

There is no reason to be ashamed of being Jewish in Hollywood, and YOU even said that yourself, yet you are accusing people you do NOT like of being ashamed of their Jewish roots and hiding them because you dislike them.

By the way, even if Dickinson and Griogorieva had Jewish fathers (which they do not), according to your logic, they would not be Jewish under Jewish law because their mothers are NOT. At least try to be consistent when you are spreading your lies

nnnnn September 6, 2012 at 12:31 am

Continuation: I wouldn’t be angry, if smb. mentioned, that Stallone’s atheistic grandfather had jewish ancestry. But I’m angry, that jewish immigrants from USSR spread in web a WRONG INFORMATION, that his mother is 100% jew, and some ignorant persons believe it, and he lost a lot of fans.

Not my bussiness. If this jerk doesn’t care what people
tell about him, it his problems. I like him as an actor,
but he’s really stupid.

Ridiculous, the west (judaistic) jews never claimed, he’s
a “jew”, cuz they know he’s not one of them. Himself
always hides this part of his heritage even to begin
and law-points of his carriere.
HE would be really ashamed, if Dickenson turned up to
be jewish. But like his friend (yes, he’s still his friend!)
Gibson, he’s not a great expert for slavic looks and names

nnnnn September 1, 2012 at 12:03 am

The only ethnik group, who may leave USSR/ east block were
jews. If her father was “Belarusian”, he should to emigrate
before 1917. Pretty old father!

nnnnn August 29, 2012 at 9:03 am

“She would be ashamed”. Nobody, besides of you regards
Stallone as “jewish”. Moreover, american and european people
had no idea about a tiny part of his jewish ancestry, before
your boulevard mass-media from former USSR began to spreada LIE about “jewish mother” (they just ignore the fact, thather mother was gentile and christ and her father was atheist)
But we are speaking about J.Dickenson. With your brilliant
logic you claim “dickenson is an irish name”, and them “her
father is belarus”. Irish people in Belarus? LOL. So, his name
is fake. You can’t claim, he’s not jewish, since you don’t know

nnnnn May 10, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Do you know, what’s is “white Russia”? It’s a SLAVIC country. Can
DickenSON be a slavic name? In Europe (expect of England and
Sweden names with “son” are always JEWISH names. Her father
is 100% jew, her mother maybe polish or jewish too. Ridiculous,
that persons with 1% jewish blood are called “jews”, and pure jews
as non-jews

levangelista36 June 17, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Her father’s family changed their surname to Dickinson when they emigrated from Belarus in order to avoid discrimination. You can look that up for yourself. Her mother, Jenie Pietrzykoski, was Polish and an immigrant as well.

I have no problem with Jewish people, but Janice is not Jewish.

By the way, Dickinson is an English and Scottish surname.


It is not Jewish and has no connection to Eastern Ashkenazic people.

Janice’s background is well documented, considering she is the offspring of two first generation European immigrants. You should look into it for yourself.

You have already proven to be ignorant. In another post, you admitted that you have never been to Russia, Belarus, Poland, the Ukraine, or any country in Eastern Europe. You said everyone there was blonde simply because you saw blonde Russians on your television screen.

Thank you for displaying what an uneducated P.O.S. you are! You say you know who is Jewish and who is not, but you did not even know Dickinson was a common English surname.


nnnnn August 29, 2012 at 1:12 am

Ha-ha, I’m proven to be ignorant?Where? YOU wrote:
“Stallone has a jewish mother”. A person, who has
a french-breton catholic mother is jewish? You have
problems with logic, too. Janice: catholic polish mother,
father “Belarus” Dickinson – alledgerly non-jewish.
Jaquline: catholic french mother, father “ukrainean” Labofish –
alledgerly jewish. Explain this “fenomenon”, please

levangelista36 June 18, 2012 at 1:15 am

“DickenSON be a slavic name? In Europe (expect of England and
Sweden names with “son” are always JEWISH names.”

Dickinson is not a Slavic surname. It is a Scottish and English surname.

Your assertion that all surnames with the suffix “son” are Jewish is incorrect. Most of them are Swedish. The rest of them are Northern English and Scottish. There are hardly any Jewish names with that suffix, and Dickinson in particular is of Scottish and Northern English origin. If you had done your research, you would know this. You speak as if you know a lot when you know nothing.

” Her father
is 100% jew”

No. He is not. Could he have a bit of Jewish ancestry? Sure. Why not? But as far as Janice knows, neither of her parents are Jewish by ethnicity nor religion. That is why she does not claim Jewish heritage, and she would have no problem doing such a thing if she did actually have it. Her best friend was Jewish.

You declare Janice’s father is 100% Jewish without any sources. Provide them instead of basing this off of his adopted surname . . . which is not even Jewish.

“her mother maybe polish or jewish too.”

Her mother, Jenie Pietrzykoski, is Polish. She is not Jewish either.

” Ridiculous,
that persons with 1% jewish blood are called “jews”, and pure jews
as non-jews”

When did this happen? There are plenty of Jewish people who are celebrities. They are usually proud of their heritage, and I believe Jewish was the fourth or fifth highest reported ethnicity on this site. It was next to Italian, German, Irish, and English. There is nothing wrong with being Jewish, but Janice Dickinson is not.

You are only saying that she is Jewish because she has dark features, but all sources say that she is not, and there is not a single one that suggests her parents were Jewish.

You also denied Mel Gibson’s girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, was Russian because of her dark features. You proclaimed she was Jewish as well because she was not blonde. In the same breath, you admitted to never having been to Russia, the Ukraine, Poland, Belarus, Romania, or any Eastern European countries.

Janice herself attributes her dark features to her Polish mother. She looks a lot like her. So even if her father were Jewish, which he is not, that is not where her “exotic” looks come from.



Will you deny Olga Kurylenko and Irina Zhuravskaya are Ukrainian because of their dark features? What about Marika Dominczyk? Will you deny she is Polish because of her dark features, too?

Anyway, none of this matters.

All you have to do is give a credible source that states Janice Doreen Dickinson is Jewish, and it will be added to her ethnicity immediately.

But I know that you cannot simply because Janice is not Jewish.

me August 22, 2012 at 11:30 am

Janice Dickinson looks Belarusian and Polish

dolphin March 14, 2011 at 12:41 am

I recently read her book, and she was quite the character. It is sad, though, that her father was a pedophile, and abused her and her two sisters, Debbie and Alexis.

Janice was very exotic when she was young.

It is such a shame that she messed her pretty face up.

Dasher November 5, 2011 at 10:32 pm

You really cannot tell someone’s ethnicity by simply looking at them. She looks part Asian!

Anya December 13, 2011 at 3:27 am

No, she doesn’t at all. She looks like a normal Eastern European. Please visit Poland, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Russia and then tell me what you think because a lot of people look like her and are a 100% Slavic and a 100% European.

nnnnn May 10, 2012 at 1:30 pm

White Russia is not Bulgaria or Romania. They are NORTH
Slavic.Opposit to some other east europeans they were
never raped by turks or tatars. I saw them in TV – the
blondest people in the world, with blue eyes. Come, she’s
at least 1/2 jewish, because Dickenson can’t be a slavic name, am I right, you expert for East Europe? maybe her mother is jew, too

levangelista36 May 10, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Janice Dickinson’s father, Ray Dickinson, emigrated from Belarus. However, his family changed their last name to Dickinson, much like Natalie Wood’s family changed their name from Zakharenko. Dickinson is an English surname. Her mother, Jenie Pietrzykoski, is first generation Polish. Janice is not half Jewish but Belarusian and Polish.

She’s not Russian.

levangelista36 May 10, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Dickinson is English surname. Janice is Polish and Belarusian, NOT RUSSIAN. Her dad’s family changed their name to Dickinson when they emigrated from Belarus. Her mom is Jenie Pietrzykoski, and she first generation Polish.

nnnnn May 12, 2012 at 12:36 am

“Ray Dickenson” is a slavic name? If you claim, he changed his name, PROVE IT PLEASE. Sources? If you
mean, her mother is polish catholic, PROVE IT PLEASE.
As european, I know, how north-european people look
like. Poland and belaruss were never a part of Osmanic
Empire. And: why you maintain desperate, that she’s not jewish? You can accept, that your idol has a daughter with some Birnbaum

levangelista36 June 17, 2012 at 9:59 pm








I have no problem with someone being Jewish. I am not bigoted and have nothing against people who have Jewish heritage. If Janice was Jewish, I would not have a problem with this.

But she is not.

Dickinson is one of the oldest Anglo-Saxon surnames and has no connection to Jewish people. It is English and Scottish in origin. Or are you claiming that Emily Dickinson was Jewish, too?


Quit using her father’s fake name as evidence that she is Jewish, especially considering that Dickinson is an Anglo-Saxon surname and not by any means Jewish. If you had bother to educate herself, you would realize this.

Every site states that Janice is of Belarusian and Polish descent. Janice is quoted talking about her “Polish big lips,” her mother being an immigrant, and her ancestry quite often. In her book No Lifeguard on Duty, she goes into further detail about her ancestry and explicitly states that her family is Slavic. Her sisters even attest to the fact that they are of Polish and Belarusian descent. Janice even attributes her features to her Polish mother, who she looks very much alike. She had a Jewish best friend when she was a teenager. She was in love with Sylvester Stallone, who has a Jewish mother and Italian father. If she was Jewish, I doubt she would be ashamed and trying to hide that.

Now where is your proof that Janice is actually Jewish?

I want sources, quotes, and genealogy references.

Marika Dominczyk is Polish.



Is she too dark for you? Is she unacceptable for your standards?

Her husband is Jewish, by the way.


And I don’t care if I get thumbed down for refusing to accept such ignorance.

nnnnn August 29, 2012 at 1:21 am

“levangelista” Bravo! You proved, that you are
ignorant liar. With your lie “Stallone has a jewish
mother” made you all, you wrote, incredible.
LIKE HER FRENCH MOTHER, her father had jewish
ancestry and always denied it, like a good old
mr.Dickinson. The family had never connections to
judaism and “jewish life”. Prove facts, before you make youself funny.Surely, you never watsched
Stallone’s pro-christ, pro-italian,anticommunist movies, how can you believe, he’s half-jewish?

noneofyourbusiness February 1, 2015 at 6:14 am

@Dasher: She does look Asian.

michael jackson June 8, 2010 at 10:10 am


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