Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women

Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women

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by Michael Gross
     
 

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Model is the definitive story of the international modeling business -- and its evil twin: legalized flesh peddling. It's a tale of beautiful women empowered and subjugated, of vast sums of money, of sex and drugs, obsession, and tragic death. At its heart is the most unholy combination in commerce: beautiful, young women and rich, lascivious men. Investigative

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Model is the definitive story of the international modeling business -- and its evil twin: legalized flesh peddling. It's a tale of beautiful women empowered and subjugated, of vast sums of money, of sex and drugs, obsession, and tragic death. At its heart is the most unholy combination in commerce: beautiful, young women and rich, lascivious men. Investigative journalist Michael Gross has interviewed modeling's pioneers, survivors, and hangers-on, telling the story of the greats: Lisa Fonssagrives; Anita Colby; Candy Jones; Dorian Leigh and her sister Suzy Parker; Jean Shrimpton and Twiggy; Veruschka and Lauren Hutton; Janice Dickinson and Patti Hansen; and the supermodel Trinity: Christy, Naomi, and Linda. Taking us into the private studios and hidden villas where models play and are preyed upon, Gross tears down modeling's carefully constructed facade to reveal untold truths of the ugly trade in pretty women.

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.”
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.”
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."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446603461
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
05/01/1996
Pages:
611
Product dimensions:
4.12(w) x 6.71(h) x 1.22(d)

What People are saying about this

Lauren Hutton
I read it in three days and then I got very sick. Girls and their mothers and fathers and anyone who wants to go into modeling should read this. It's a history but it's also a guidebook to the pitfalls. It's very important.

Meet the Author

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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Im pretty sure that its written by a man. Not a lady.