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Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women [NOOK Book]

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The definitive story of the international modeling business—and its evil twin, legalized flesh peddling—Model is a tale of beautiful women empowered and subjugated; of vast sums of money; of sex and drugs, obsession and tragic death; and of the most unholy combination in commerce: stunning young women and rich, lascivious men.

Investigative journalist Michael Gross takes us into the private studios and hidden villas where models play and are preyed upon, and tears down ...

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Overview

The definitive story of the international modeling business—and its evil twin, legalized flesh peddling—Model is a tale of beautiful women empowered and subjugated; of vast sums of money; of sex and drugs, obsession and tragic death; and of the most unholy combination in commerce: stunning young women and rich, lascivious men.

Investigative journalist Michael Gross takes us into the private studios and hidden villas where models play and are preyed upon, and tears down modeling’s carefully constructed façade of glamour to reveal the untold truths of an ugly trade.

Fashion insider Michael Gross strips bare the world's most glamorous industry in this scathingly honest portrait of models, inc. Here, for the first time, is the complete, often sordid story of the international modeling business--the outrageous sums of money, rape of the spirit and the flesh, sex, drugs and occasional deaths. Photos.

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Editorial Reviews

International Herald Tribune
A book stripping models bare has electrified fashion...Lurid stories of sex, drugs, rock and frocks.
American Photo Magazine
A sweeping account of Balzacian proportions: part exposé, part tragicomedy. Packed with once-whispered anecdotes that have fed the fashion world gossip mill for years, Model has industry insiders quaking in their Manolo Blahniks.
Entertainment Weekly
Model...is to high fashion roughly what Upton Sinclair's The Jungle was to the meatpacking industry...[a] relentless evisceration of an industry normally swathed in more shadows and light than Cindy Crawford....Michael Gross...did a stunning amount of research. His real talent, though, is getting powerful people to go on the record with astonishing candor. Scandalous...the exposé of record of the modeling industry.
The Detroit News
A dishy, no-punches-pulled look at the seamy underbelly of modeling's glossy surface. But where tabloid journalism would stop at such facts, Gross uses them as a starting point for a weightier analysis. He reveals the inner workings....A veritable encyclopedia of modeling that serves as a cautionary guidebook for any parent whose child is interested in becoming the next Naomi Campbell.
Library Journal
Gross, a writer for Esquire, attempts to blow the whistle on the orgy of greed and flesh that is the modeling industry.
Donna Seaman
Originally slated as a May release, Gross' spicy but intelligent history of the modeling industry was published early to get a jump on what's sure to be a high-interest item. After all, supermodels Cindy Crawford, Kate Moss, and Naomi Campbell make millions for a reason. Models have become the newest form of celebrity, and they're everywhere. Serialized in "New York Magazine" and "Cosmopolitan", this gossip-rich expose is a name-dropper's dream. It's also a surprisingly solid bit of work. Gross, a top-drawer reporter currently at "Esquire", has graced the pages of many prestigious magazines and is extremely well connected. His credentials enabled him to interview all the major players and collect dozens of inside stories that confirm everything you've suspected about the glamorous and self-important modeling universe. Gross balances tales of dissipation and promiscuity with substantive history, profiling various agency directors from the "father of the modeling industry," John Robert Powers, to Eileen Ford and beyond, as well as the most influential photographers and, of course, the models themselves, from the cool and snobby "Untouchables" of the 1940s to Twiggy, Veruschka, Lauren Hutton, Jerry Hall, and Iman. As Gross tracks the astonishing growth of the modeling industry, he keeps a running tab on models' salaries, which began at $5 an hour and have escalated to $25,000 a day.
Newsweek
“Modeling is a dirty business—and we can’t get enough of it…The book…names names and dishes dirt, on–the–record kiss–and–tell.”
New York Times Book Review
“Rewarding…highly enjoyable, perhaps unprecedented. The definitive work of the Barbizon school.”
Cosmopolitan
“Staggeringly well–researched…Hideously fascinating.”
International Herald Tribune
“A book stripping models bare has electrified fashion…Lurid stories of sex, drugs, rock and frocks.”
The Daily News
“Sensational…Reveals the steamy secrets of the superbabes…Delivers everything…”
Vogue
“Page–turning exposé.”
Harper's Bazaar
“One long, scurrilously detailed dish. The first comprehensive history of modeling and a chewy read.”
Entertainment Weekly
“Scandalous…the exposé of record of the modeling industry.”
modelina.com
“Already in our Amazon shopping basket, we highly recommend you pick-up this wildly interesting bestseller as well.”
People
“Sprawling…energetic…Gross has obviously thought deeply about the machinations and meaning of the modeling business.”
People Magazine
"Sprawling…energetic…Gross has obviously thought deeply about the machinations and meaning of the modeling business."
People
“Sprawling…energetic…Gross has obviously thought deeply about the machinations and meaning of the modeling business.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062076120
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/18/2011
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 276,827
  • File size: 43 MB
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Meet the Author

Michael Gross

Michael Gross is the author of Unreal Estate: Money, Ambition, and the Lust for Land in Los Angeles as well as Rogues’ Gallery, 740 Park, Genuine Authentic, and Model. A contributing editor to Travel + Leisure and columnist for Crain’s New York Business, he has been a columnist for the New York Times, New York, and GQ, and a contributor to Vanity Fair, Esquire, Gawker, The Huffington Post, and other publications around the world.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Milan, October 1993 1
Cindy Crawford 9
Part 1 In Loco Parentis
$ 5 An Hour 31
Hannah Lee Sherman 43
$ 15 An Hour 48
Francine Counihan 69
$ 25 An Hour 74
Jean Patchett 87
$ 40 An Hour 92
Suzy Parker 114
$ 60 An Hour 123
Part 2 Bad and Beautiful
Celia Hammond 153
[pound] 24 An Hour 159
Veruschka 184
$ 75 An Hour 193
Lauren Hutton 212
$ 120 An Hour 223
Apollonia Van Ravenstein
Louise Despointes
Gunilla Lindblad
Shelley Smith 255
$ 1,500 A Day 271
Janice Dickinson
Mike Reinhardt
Christie Brinkley 313
$ 2,500 A Day 330
Bitten Knudsen
Tara Shannon 359
$ 5,000 A Day 373
Christine Bolster 399
$ 10,000 A Day 411
Veronica Webb 443
$ 25,000 A Day 449
New York, October 1995 499
Epilogue 507
Acknowledgments 513
Bibliography 519
Index 525
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2012

    Mickeymouse239

    Dont buy

    3 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2014

    DAMN NIGGA

    THE SAMPLE WAS 324 PAGES!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2013

    Greatly written but bad formatting

    The sample copy was all messed up and kept starting the book over agian (on a nook simple touch) there were only about 70 pages in the 324 that werent repeating what you just read. But what i did read i found very engrosing and...well great, it was like a history book of fashion! Even though it was quite annoying to deal with the format/editing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    To below... really?

    Im pretty sure that its written by a man. Not a lady.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2012

    Why

    Why cant we buy this. Doesnt loik very good from my pointbof view though. Problably just a lady telling howbhard life is and we have enough of those

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted April 20, 2012

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