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Nigel Barker is English and Sri Lankan, he best known for his participation as a judge and photographer on the reality show, America’s Next Top Model. He was born to a woman of Sri Lankan descent and an Englishman. He started out as a model which took him to places such as, London, Milan, Paris and New York. He enjoyed modeling, but had a love for fashion and in 1996 he decided he wanted to become a photographer. He opened his own photo studio, StudioNB, in the now-fashionable Meat Packing District in Manhattan.

He also published a book on beauty, entitled, “Nigel Barker's Beauty Equation: Revealing a Better and More Beautiful You”, which was released September 2010. 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, enhance their outer beauty.

In April, it was announced that Nigel Barker would not be returning for the next cycle of America's Next Top Model. He continues to work in the fashion industry as an outstanding photographer.

He lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.