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Beauty, Disrupted: A Memoir
     

Beauty, Disrupted: A Memoir

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by Carre Otis, Hugo Schwyzer
 

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Teen runaway, supermodel, and actress Carré Otis found herself in the public eye from a very tender age. Millions of people gazed at provocative images of her in magazine and billboard ads from Guess and Calvin Klein as well as in features on the pages of Playboy and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. By the time she was twenty, they had

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Teen runaway, supermodel, and actress Carré Otis found herself in the public eye from a very tender age. Millions of people gazed at provocative images of her in magazine and billboard ads from Guess and Calvin Klein as well as in features on the pages of Playboy and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. By the time she was twenty, they had also seen her on posters for the controversial film Wild Orchid, with Mickey Rourke. The troubled marriage to Rourke that followed soon thereafter was widely reported on in the media, as were Carré’s struggles with drugs and a particularly brutal eating disorder. But to see someone naked on the page or exposed on the screen and in tabloids doesn’t mean we know who that person really is.

After a decade-long deeply reflective and spiritual journey to discover for herself who she is, Carré found the balance and serenity she sought and is now ready to share her side of the story with the world. She confronts her complex past fearlessly and with unrelenting candor to set the record straight. The result is a narrative of success, despair, and ultimate triumph over sexual exploitation and our cultural obsession with appearance—a narrative of beauty disrupted, reclaimed, and made more radiant through self-acceptance, inner peace, and the love of family.

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Carré Otis seemed to have it all. With her memorable face and perfect figure, she had been signed as a teenager to Elite Modeling by John Casablancas himself and in rapid succession, she had appeared on the covers of French Elle, Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Allure, and Mirabella, to skim just the top of her credits. Beneath that frothy surface, however, things were festering. Everything came to a head during her brief (1992-1998) marriage with actor Mickey Rourke. During their volatile relationship, she battled not only anorexia and heroin addiction, but also her abuse of alcohol, antidepressants, uppers, downers, and diet pills. In Beauty, Disrupted, she describes how she finally banished the monsters lurking inside.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062024459
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/11/2011
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Carré Otis has long been one of the most recognizable faces in modeling, headlining in campaigns for Guess, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, and Revlon. As a supermodel, Carré has appeared on the covers of Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, and Cosmopolitan, and has worked with many of the world’s greatest fashion photographers, including Richard Avedon, Herb Ritts, Helmut Newton, Peter Lindbergh, Patrick Demarchelier, David Bailey, and Guy Bourdin. While married to actor Mickey Rourke, Carré took an extended hiatus from modeling. When she returned, she also became an advocate for young women in and out of the industry. Carré has appeared on nationally televised programs, offering her unique insight into the business of beauty and the high price it demands. Carré lives in Colorado with her husband and two daughters.

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Beauty, Disrupted 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
DrCA More than 1 year ago
This was a very depressing book, but I have high hopes for Carre Otis's recovery. She seems to be a strong woman with a spirit that can survive any trauma. She is very open and honest about her troubled life.
ChihuahuaMommy More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most enthralling and riveting stories I have ever read. I couldn't put the book down. I literally read the whole book in less than a day. I loved how honest and open Carré was about her life. I am not a person that follows celebrities. I don't read tabloids or watch shows of that nature on the TV. However, for some reason I felt drawn to read this book. I now know why. I have also been through many of the traumas that Carré talks about in her book. I modeled for a while when I was younger (no where near the same status). I've endured molestation as a child, rape as a teenager, a horribly abusive relationship and have somehow come out the other side healed, extremely happy and in a very loving relationship/marriage. Carré’s life story is more common than most would think or want to acknowledge. We as humans tend to brush the "bad" under the rug and pretend that it doesn't happen. But it does and it shatters many lives. Hopefully, this book will reach those who truly need it as her messages about body image and self love are very strong. There is life after abuse (whether self inflicted or inflicted by others). You can find your inner strength, forgive, heal and have a happy and healthy life. I absolutely LOVED this book. A must read for sure! :-)
dreamangelxo More than 1 year ago
When I bought this book, I had no idea who Carre was (I'm only 22).  I hesitated buying this book because I could really care less about celebrities, but something told me that I should get this book, and I'm glad I did. I thought that Carre told her story with such raw honesty and the book was very captivating. As someone else already stated in their review, the horrible things that happened to Carre are more common than people like to think. Carre addresses these issues and talks about the need for change. She has come out on the other side as a very strong woman who has found healing. Towards the end of the book I found myself tearing up because of some of the revelations she brings. I was in an emotionally abusive relationship, have suffered from sexual assault and abuse, and have also suffered from and eating disorder, all for several years.  Reading about how much Carre's life has changed gives me so much hope to continue on my healing journey.  I truly recommend it to anyone who has a similar story to Carre's. With all of that being said, I'm giving the story only 4 stars because I really wished that Carre had addressed the eating disorder part a bit more. She claims to have suffered for ten years, but she didn't mention it until the last section of the book. I know first-hand that an eating disorder affects your every day life, whether you acknowledge it at the time or not. I really wish she would have addressed her struggle with that a bit more and her time in therapy.  I do understand though that recollecting every single memory can be hard, especially in that state of mind because it becomes hard to remember things. I also found it a little annoying how Carre claimed to love every single person she dated, even if they only dated for a month. I think maybe Carre's spirituality plays a part in this; maybe her belief is that everyone can love each other. But that part doesn't really affect my review, it's more of just a personal opinion.
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tessofMichigan More than 1 year ago
This was a truly poignant memoir and Carre grew up in my day. For me this was a very interesting and well-written account of her life which was by no means run-of-the-mill. Congratulations to Carre for reformulating her life for a truly heathy and happy one. I loved her book and I love memoir!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!! Could not put it down!
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katherine gordon More than 1 year ago
Book cover appears in library but the actual book is one about Great Aunties with a pink cover.