Nigel Barker (born April 27, 1972 in London, England) is a noted fashion photographer of British and Sri Lankan descent. He was a judge and photographer on America's Next Top Model.

Early life

Born in London, Nigel Barker grew up in a family with 5 siblings from a total of three marriages, and lived there until the age of eighteen. Barker attended Bryanston School, a boarding school, where he took his A-levels in biology, chemistry, and physics.


He planned on continuing his studies in medicine, but Barker's mother, a former Miss Sri Lanka, entered him into a televised model search on The Clothes Show. Barker wound up being a finalist on the show, which started his modeling career. He modeled for about ten years in London, Milan, Paris and New York.

Because of his modeling, Barker's love for fashion grew, and in 1996 he decided to become a photographer. Nigel opened his own photo studio, StudioNB, in the now fashionable Meat Packing District in Manhattan. Barker's photo credits include GQ, Interview, Paper, Lucky and People. StudioNB's advertising clients include Beefeater Gin, Sean John, Pierre Cardin, Nicole Miller, Ted Baker, Lands' End and Frederick's of Hollywood.

Barker is currently a judge on Tyra Banks's reality show, America's Next Top Model. He was also an official judge for the Miss America Pageant in 2007 and also serves as executive producer for the VH1 photography-based reality contest, The Shot.

Personal life

Nigel Barker is married to Cristen Chin Barker, and they have a young son, named Jack. On June 21st, 2008, it was announced that Cristen is pregnant again with their second child, a girl.