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Posted November 26, 2011
This book definitely kept me reading. It is interesting to get a perspective from inside the industry, and I think that's an important side to see for anyone looking to go into this particular industry. You don't have to love the author/narrator to enjoy this book. I found it very informative and hard to put down at times.
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Posted August 18, 2008
A Slap on the Knee...
I thought it was a fun summer reading book. Through the first couple of pages, I felt sucked into Ms. Diamond's world. She still kept her sense of humor and a Devil-May-Care attitude 'which was brought in afterwards when she understood how the fashion industry worked' even though the denizens of NYC were persistent on bullying and lowering her self esteem. She still had her right of mind to live on with the emotional 'and some physical from her employer' attacks. Even when she was at her lowest, she still worked her rear end through. And everywhere her sense of humor remains. From the smallest corner to the boldest font, it's there. A good book to read at a cafe and some house music mingling in the background.
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Posted November 11, 2010
Cheryl Diamond's Model shows the not-so glamorous side of the modeling industry
Cheryl Diamond, Author of Model, and a model herself brings a shocking insight into the modeling industry.from one of the few grounded models. Seeking a pastime, Diamond moved to New York City after picking modeling on her own at age sixteen. It was here that she experienced crazy agents, druggies in every aspect of the industry; girls willing to do whatever it takes to gain fame, and even a disastrous event which destroyed her modeling career, followed by a spectacular comeback. The major theme of this book is deception: the focus of the modeling industry claims Diamond. In her exposé of practices in the modeling industry such as models shooting heroin in-between their toes to avoid visible marks, one model bragging about how the last time she ate was several days ago, and even how, due to lack of support from her agency, was homeless for two night while feverishly sick. Diamond demonstrates how every part of the industry is basically deception, how one deals with it, is completely up to them. However in another interview for Good Morning America, Diamond states that she really "intended to capture some of the interesting characters in this industry." As she does, profiling her agents, specifically one by the name of Fabriziou, and through these characters she represents her naivety, such as through photographer Sebastian, clearly a drug addict, "at the time I was so naïve, I just thought he was really happy." She claims (8). One of my favorite things about the book is the personality that Diamond represents, by making a otherwise strange or shocking statements humorous by her analysis of the situation. Cheryl Diamond does not try to be anyone but Cheryl Diamond in this story and the juxtaposition of Diamond against all the other models helps to show the true nature of the modeling industry from the eyes of a simple all-American girl. The only thing I didn't like about this book was her constant proclamation of how exclusive the modeling industry is, the concept, though a major role in book, soon became redundant, and instead of allowing for the instances to speak for her, she constantly repeated how exclusive the industry was. This book is a great read and answers many questions about this often shaded industry. Another reason to read this book is that it is actually funny in a very dark way; however the humor is nicely contrasted with drama such as when Cheryl finds out that one of the few people she thought was pure in the industry had been shooting heroin. Overall, a great book, I would highly recommend it, it gives a whole new conception to the modeling industry both through the exposition by Diamond and through the attitude of Diamond reminding us that not every model is the coldhearted person they are made out to be.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 13, 2012
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