nigel_portrait.jpg In the midst of celebrity mayhem in Manhattan, we had the pleasure of chatting with renowned photographer Nigel Barker at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. The British-born and New York-based artist who stars as a judge panelist alongside Tyra Banks on America’s Next Top Model just finished taping for the hit series. He gave us the inside story on season eight which premieres on The CW on February 28th.

We both sat down in our front row, VIP seats to catch Gustavo Arango's models hit the runway at the Altman building. In his sexy British accent Barker filled me in on what we could expect to see in the upcoming new episodes of ANTM- though he couldn't say much. And that's OK with us. We'll just have to wait and see for ourselves. In the meantime, catch our short convo below...

BeChicMag: What are you doing now that you're done taping for ANTM? Nigel Barker: Well tomorrow I'm off to L.A. to shoot for GQ and I'm also working on other TV shows like Style Her Famous on the Style Network with Jay Manuel- art director for ANTM. And we start shooting season nine of Top Model in May.

BeChicMag: Who can we expect to see in season eight? Any famous guest appearances? NB: We have the same panel of judges. I'm actually the longest standing judge there. We have Twiggy and J. Alexander- the usual crew is back again. We go to the furthest place we've ever been to on the show, really great cool place. An unusal place for us, but I can't say anymore because I'm banned.

BeChicMag: How are girls this time around? NB: They're the craziest bunch of girls we've ever had. It's going to be some fabulous TV. We definitely had fun making it.

Catch the two-hour season premiere of America's Next Top Model on The CW on February 28th @ 8p.m. EST. *ms