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Nigel Barker & Wife Cristen Chin

Nigel Barker & Wife Cristen Chin

America’s sexiest reality TV judge Nigel Barker from America’s Next Top Model was spotted in New York City over the July 4th weekend. "Noted fashion photographer"  Nigel was with his wife Cristen Chin and son, Jack Barker (according to IMDB).  Nigel and Cristen, both formerly of Q Model Management, have been married for five years. More pictures of Nigel, wife Cristen, and son Jack after in the gallery!

UPDATE :: Q Model Management dropped a line saying that Cristen Chin is still very much a model with them!

Two Models Marry in Style

By Eri Kim

Fashion Wire Daily NY – March 9, 2001 – Model couple Cristen Chin, 26, and Nigel Barker, 28, – both with Q Model Management – met six and a half years ago through Barker’s friend and agent in Milan. And while his paramour was only a teenager, Barker knew immediately he had met the woman of his life. But it took him two months to convince Chin that he "was worthy" before she agreed to become his girlfriend. To prove just how serious he was, Barker moved from his native England to Paris, where Chin was living, and when she decided to move to New York, he followed her again. After three years as an item, Chin — who has recently been seen in Glamour, Cosmopolitan and French Vogue — finally started to think about marriage.

"It took me a bit longer than him before I knew that I’d marry him, but I figured he followed me enough around the world," Chin says, laughing.

When the wedding date (October 16th) and place had finally been set, the couple had to deal with the reality of organizing a destination wedding.

"All her life she wanted to marry in Fairhope, in Alabama where she’s from, and we had 90 people flying in from all over the world. 70 of them stayed with us a whole week," says Barker. "45 friends and family members of mine came from England, altogether we had 190 guests, so it was a fairly big wedding.

" Instead of booking hotel rooms for their guests, Chin and Barker rented two houses with 16 rooms each, and each guest chipped in for the houses. But the wedding being more than a one-day affair, entertaining those who had made the effort to come was another matter. Making use of Fairhope’s location, which is right by the Gulf of Mexico, boat trips on Chin’s father’s boat were planned every day, golf tournaments were held and the bride and groom put guides of the city’s best restaurants in every guest’s room. All the worry and preparation was worth it, says Chin.

"To think all of these people are here, just for us, it was the most overwhelming feeling," says Chin. "You just feel so loved and to get all the support – it’s such a happy occasion, especially when you’re the bride."

Apart from juggling their guests’ schedules and room and board, the two, like any other couple, had to go through all the other preparations involved in a wedding. At that occasion, it was Chin who showed her skills for organization.

"The best thing to do is to have a filing system for everything," Chin advises. "In hindsight, I would have hired [a wedding planner] but I didn’t think of it then. I’d rip out pictures I liked, looked for new ideas and also talking people who had gone through it before was really helpful."

To make things easier for their friends scattered around the globe, the couple registered in London and New York. "That was fun," Chin remembers. "Here, we registered with Bloomingdale’s — after looking at different places, it was the easiest and had the most variety."

The one thing that put Chin at an advantage was her job. "I’d done bridal shoots before, so I knew exactly the dress I wanted," she says about her silk taffeta strapless gown with a "puffy skirt" from Po Couture. And a friend from London who is also a make-up artist did the bride’s and bridesmaids’ makeup. "The hairdresser was from town, and because it was Alabama it wasn’t expensive," Chin explains. "But it was nice for all the girls to get the hair and makeup done."

When it comes to photographers, Chin advises hanging out with the snapper before the wedding. "Even if it’s just meeting for a drink — it’s better than to meet them on the big day for the first time, when everything is crazy."

Looking back at the wedding held at outside the southern style, brick and wood Grand Hotel, at sunset overlooking the water, Chin and Barker both agree they wouldn’t have done anything differently.

"It was certainly the best day of my life," says Barker. But proving just how much effort a wedding takes, Chin admits she still has dreams about it. Laughingly she says: "It feels like a loss because you put so much planning into it — I sometimes dream it hasn’t happened yet."

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  • angelah

    Nigel’s gorgeous..aw what a cute family

  • Skerr Bam

    DILF!

  • lala

    He’s Straight?

  • malibumom

    #3 lala-I was thinking the same!! beautiful pics

  • Chocolat

    What a beautiful + interesting couple. Nigel’s white + Indian (as in India Indian) and wife’s probably white + Chinese? Kid’s going to be a heart-breaker.

  • lulu

    i always assumed he was GAY…?

  • Damien

    She reminds me of.. Maggie Q

  • London Rocks

    i USE TO THINK HE WAS GAY. AND HE HAS A WEIRD WAY OF TALKING. Like a lisp or a gap in his teeth or an overbite or something. Kinda nerdy.

  • Nigel Rocks

    Nigel’s a handsome guy….his wife is beautiful. Their little son is gonna be gorgeous – for sure.

  • Michelle

    Not really caring. Must be a slow gossip day, huh?

  • madmaxine

    he’s part sri lankan and she’s part chinese. have met them both. he’s good looking in real life while she is just blah.

  • Hannah

    Cute couple, but am I the only one who thinks they look a lot older than 26 and 28?

  • Lovelyleo72780

    Hannah: They got married (5 years ago) when they were 26 and 28. Now they’re 31 and 33. Read the article.

  • Sheridan

    Nigel is a hottie. The wife, not so much–kinda looks like a tranny.Michelle–I’m with you! Slow gossip day indeed.

  • Ayan

    They’re both Eurasian. Cool.

  • Betsy

    What? Nigel isn’t gay? I thought he and Nole made such a cute couple on ANTM!!

  • Marie

    I think I’m jealous! He’s just a yummy man and I’m bummed he’s married to such a gorgeous woman and has this adorable child. Happy perfect family – Grrrrr.I’ll get over it, nigel only cuz I love you.

  • skyla

    Of course he’s not gay. Have you heard the way he comments on some of the girls on ANTM! Kinda pervy at times but he’s so hot it doesn’t matter! He was ‘in lust’ with April in Cycle 2.

  • Fiona

    I knew he wasn’t gay, he was on another show talking about his wife and his own upbringing. His mum was a model, she’s indian and stunning. He is gorgeous isn’t he? the baby is going to be amazing looking – a real heartbreaker I bet!

  • Karen

    Actually, he’s half British and half Sri Lankan, not Indian. Hot all the same!

  • Baybay

    I started loving Nigel since he has been the judge for America’s Next Top Model. He looks sooooooooooooo gorgeous! He looks very much like Zidane (the French football player). By the way, I too think of Maggie Q when I see his wife’s photos.

  • m

    i love nigel, no really i do. i had a brief fling with him in which we feel in love. but that was before he met cristen. she is the luckiest woman in the world. i miss him in my life today, but we have both moved on and married beautiful people.p.s the sex was great

  • airon

    he already had a wife???

  • airon

    what a hottie!!!

  • http://www.cock.com sandy

    i bet he has a monster cock!

  • http://www.cock.com sandy

    nigel has a huge c.o.c.k!

  • Mia

    Nigel is the most beautiful man I have ever seen. Thanks for the photos!

  • http://ljkiddprodigy.net Jo Horton

    Dear Nigel,
    My name is, Jo Horton. I am a amature photographer from Arlington, Texas.
    I love your work. I was wondering if you could email me some tips on how to get involved in Photography on the TYRA BANKS SHOW.My dream is one day to become a fashion photographer. Your response would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

    Jo Horton, Photographer

  • http://yahoo Christina

    Nigel is HOT. His wif i attractive but he can do so much better than her. I’m sure her personality is sweet but looks are not there. She sucks ass as a “MODEL”she does not have the model look. He needs to tell her nt to try to model because she doesnt have it.

  • jc

    wow…i wonder if tyra banks is one of the godmothers..lol…wat a cute family

  • http://myspace.com/petitefillecerise Anousenka

    Heehee, I also had assumed him to be gay for some reason!

    Wow, I really envy his gorgeous wife…what a beautiful husband she has!

  • MIA

    NIGEL IS DROP DEAD GORGEOUS!! LADIES DONT HATE ON THE WIFE!! HE IS EASY ON THE EYES TO SAY THE LEAST, JUST LISTEN TO HIM HE IS NOT GAY!!I WILL KEEP WATCHING ANTM AS LONG AS HE’S A JUDGE AND I AM SURE THAT GOES FOR MANY OTHERS AS WELL!!

  • MIA

    NIGEL IS DROP DEAD GORGEOUS!! LADIES DONT HATE ON THE WIFE!! HE IS EASY ON THE EYES TO SAY THE LEAST, JUST LISTEN TO HIM HE IS NOT GAY!!I WILL KEEP WATCHING ANTM AS LONG AS HE’S A JUDGE AND I AM SURE THAT GOES FOR MANY OTHERS AS WELL!!

  • Bonnie

    First off, Nigel looks so much better without hair. Secondly, I was also surprised that his wife isn’t drop dead gorgeous. I was expecting somebody along the lines of Giselle or Tyra or somebody, ya know? It would have been ok if Nigel was gay, ya know because then I wouldn’t have a chance but more importantly nobody else would have a chance with him ya know? But since he’s not, it sucks. He should be with a hottie like…I dunno, me ;)

  • http://ask.com carey

    nigel is hot

  • Natasha

    I think he is HOOOOOOOOTTTTTTTTTTTT.not much of the wife thought,i am not bitch but she is not that pretty,he can do much better than that.

    love him

  • little me

    Nigel has sooo SEXY hair on his chest. Yummy!

  • joanna

    ohhh wow!!!

    definitely the sexiest man alive!!!hehe

    so gorgeous!!!

  • Fredelene

    Nigel is the most amazing, beautiful,gorgeous, adorable,sexy guy Ive ever saw in my entire life and Im only 23 years old.His wife is for sure a lucky girl.The show ANTM is great but Nigel is to die for.Where did you the hide the man all these years?He could drive any married woman to a divorce.

  • Pinky

    Hes SOOOOOOOO HANDSOME!

  • ari

    he’s okay she is gorgy but he is aslimeball i betcha he cheats on his wife…..

  • lilni

    i don’t want to see a dude with his shirt off

  • lilni

    i don’t want to see a dude with his shirt off

  • http://myspace.com futureantm

    NIgel is so gorgeous! But seriously, why would anyone think he’s gay? He doesn’t sound gay, he flirts with the girls on ANTM, and for pete’s sake, girls drop at his feet. And whoever posted that bull about the lisp: Nole has a lisp. Jay Manuel has a lisp. (But we all love him!!!) Nigel does not have a lisp. Nigel is insanely hot . . . i <3333 u!! And your sexy accent!!!

  • cheryl

    hello all …nigel is even better looking in person, he was at my place of work today and he stopped and chatted with a few of us ladies and had some pics done with us…very handsome and very nice

  • kAREN

    Nigel Barker… what a beautiful man! You have to envy his wife – climbing into bed with that every night… what a body… phew….. where are the normal men you can meet on the streets like that. Most men are boring looking and don’t bother with themselves… scruffy bastards. oh well , keep judging Mr Barker so we can see you on the tv.

  • Oiyhahaha

    I love Nigel so much!!!!!

  • maggie

    hey nigel. i’m a 8th grade student and i have to write a report on photographers because i plan on being one myself when i get older. i had to pick a photography to put in my report paper so i pick you. i was wondering what inspired you 2 be come a photographer? i also so was wondering what are some requarments 2 become a photographer?
    i would really like if you could answer my questoin and give me some more informatoin on photographying and your personal oppions on photographing.

    thanks maggie

  • maggie

    hey nigel. i’m a 8th grade student and i have to write a report on photographers because i plan on being one myself when i get older. i had to pick a photography to put in my report paper so i pick you. i was wondering what inspired you 2 be come a photographer? i also so was wondering what are some requarments 2 become a photographer?
    i would really like if you could answer my questoin and give me some more informatoin on photographying and your personal oppions on photographing.

    thanks

  • Yoshi

    he’s Sri Lankan not Indian

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