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You may think you’ve heard everything about the modeling industry from Tyra Banks, but Sex, Love, and Fashion is the real behind-the-scenes scoop, from a true insider who is considered one of the top ten male models of all time.

In the glamorous galaxy of modeling, Bruce Hulse was a supernova. Taken under the wing of famed photographer Bruce Weber as a fledgling model, Hulse went on to collaborate with the industry’s biggest names as one of the...

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You may think you’ve heard everything about the modeling industry from Tyra Banks, but Sex, Love, and Fashion is the real behind-the-scenes scoop, from a true insider who is considered one of the top ten male models of all time.

In the glamorous galaxy of modeling, Bruce Hulse was a supernova. Taken under the wing of famed photographer Bruce Weber as a fledgling model, Hulse went on to collaborate with the industry’s biggest names as one of the world’s top male models.

In the 1980s and 1990s, the exciting world of top models was filled with sex, drugs, and countless other indulgences. Bruce Hulse is one of the most recognizable figures of that time; from his iconic Calvin Klein and Levi's ads to his appearance on the cover of GQ, his face defined an era. In Sex, Love, and Fashion, Bruce shares the true stories of his globe-trotting career working with some of the industry’s biggest names–Calvin Klein, Janice Dickinson, Herb Ritts, Elle Macpherson, Andie MacDowell, Paulina Porizkova, and Cindy Crawford among them–and also details the exhilarating successes and painful failures he experienced on his way to the top.

Bruce Hulse pulls back the curtain on the life of an international supermodel and reveals everything the cameras don’t expose. Sex, Love, and Fashion is a dishy, sexy, and honest look at what really happens to beautiful people playing in the often decadent fields of fashion glory.

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One of the world's top male models-working for Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren, among others-Hulse describes being a "star athlete" as a teenager, before going to Cornell, where he modeled nude for art classes; discovered his first guru, Maharaj Ji; and cultivated his passion for surfing. Once he realized that modeling paid better than carpentry, he commissioned a portfolio, signed with an agency and worked every booking he was offered. Soon, top photographers like Bruce Weber were hiring him regularly. While meditation helped him stay centered, and running and surfing kept him in shape, his sexual appetite was uncontrollable; he bedded countless models. Then he ran into a woman he'd met years before, and they both knew Hulse had to stop womanizing for their relationship to work. With newfound trust, the two married and had children together-an oddly conventional ending to an otherwise exotic life story. Hulse's unabashed kiss-and-tell, plus all his photos, add up to a surprisingly entertaining memoir. (Aug.)

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Kirkus Reviews
The "male Lauren Hutton" spills all. It will be the rare reader of supermodel Hulse's memoir who doesn't envy at least some aspects of the life splashed across these shallow, sunny pages. Growing up in New Jersey in the 1960s, he had an all-American glow. A football star, then lifeguard, surfer and jobbing carpenter with a wide-ranging band of buddies at his side, he rode the decade's buoyant waves to easy good times. At a girlfriend's suggestion, the sleekly muscled Hulse, whose gleaming visage and pecs dot this book in a mix of ad reproductions and snapshots, moved into modeling as a way of making easier money than hammering nails. The work was slow at first but built steadily. By the '80s, he was one of the earliest male supermodels, thriving under the tutelage of Bruce Weber and reveling in exotic photo shoots and constant adulation. Although the work slowed down once he hit silver-haired middle age, Hulse kept a solid modeling career going into his second half-century; he was recently a judge on a modeling reality show. In what is sure to be one of the book's major selling points, he gossips about the steady supply of bedmates he found among female models, detailing steamy encounters with Paulina Porizkova ("it was like a professional wrestling match") and a pre-Hollywood Andie MacDowell ("we made love all night long"). Reality-TV fans will be disappointed, however, to find out Hulse didn't bed Janice Dickinson; he was turned off by her "negative aura." The author isn't just a serial womanizer, he tells us; he's also into meditation and Eastern philosophies and is more than happy to sprinkle his thoughts on such matters throughout the book. A few juicy insider stories, but in generala flatly delivered recital of events, all seen through the narrow prism of naked self-regard. Agent: Alan Nevins/The Firm
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307381682
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/5/2008
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

BRUCE HULSE, recently named one of the top ten male models of all time, is a Cornell graduate with a degree in Asian studies. He also attended West Chester University, where he focused on graduate-level clinical psychology. Most recently, Bruce appeared as a judge on the Bravo reality show Manhunt: The Search for America’s Most Gorgeous Male Model. Today, Bruce is an accomplished surfer, a professional photographer, and continues to be one of the longest-working models in the industry. He lives in Southern California with his wife and two children.
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Table of Contents

Foreword     xviii
Ebb and Flow     1
Early Days     9
Finding My Path     29
Breaking In to the Biz     47
In Vogue     67
Calvin Klein     83
Cover Boy     105
Shooting Star     121
A Tangled Web     143
Unraveling     161
The Hungry Ghost     175
Suicide Shifter     195
The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful     211
Skin Deep     229
Miami Heat     249
Lovers Meet     265
Riding the Breakers     279
A Happy Beginning     303
Acknowledgments     309
Photography Credits     311
Index     313
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2008

    Do 'gentlemen' really kiss and tell?

    This is pretty much 'Confessions of a Video Vixen' for men. Like Karrine Stephans, Mr. Hulse writes about the 'lessons' he's learned from his wild, glamourous lifestyle...but not without titulating the reader first about all of the beautiful models he's slept with, in detail. As with Ms. Stephans book, readers will forget about Hulse's supposed redemption quickly, and only be interested in 'how much sex, and with who?' This a perfect case of being careful about who you sleep with. Hulse's past lovers must be squirming. If he has any daughters, I sure hope that they never experience an old lover kissing and telling the way their dear dad did.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2014

    Read a passage and that was enough. The author name drops models

    Read a passage and that was enough. The author name drops models he had sexual encounters with but does not provide any description of these women. Sure, these women are famous faces on magazine covers... which is all the more the reason the author should give us his personal vision of these otherwise two-dimensional images of manufactured beauty. Instead, he goes through one stock image after another, rendering every supermodel he lays his hand on disposable. Now I love supermodels. I came of age in the '80s and was fixated on Vogue and GQ. With this book, I was hoping to see the soul behind these people, but after passages of "I was crazy about her" and "she was hot," I couldn't go on. These raving reviews are more a reflection of the vapidity of the readers than they are of any depth he book may possess. If anything, though, Bruce Hulse is still handsome.

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  • Posted March 10, 2009

    Not what you might expect...

    Recently, I read the book, 'Sex, Love and Fashion: A Memoir Of A Male Model', written by Bruce Hulse. Hulse was one of the first male supermodels, whose illustrious career has spanned twenty five plus years. The book was initially an impulse decision for me, and I didn't really know whether or not I would ever get around to reading it. I am very glad that I did.
    I started reading the book during bike workouts, secretly hoping that through some sort of osmosis, I might become as attractive and fit as him, just by reading his words during gym time. (I must say I kind of miss my gym buddy!) Almost immediately, I found myself becoming attached to this man, who through very honest and emotional words, describes his life from the humble beginnings as a star basketball player, to becoming a lifeguard, and on to his hugely successful career as a model.
    Bruce Hulse talks candidly about growing up with a mother who suffered from depression (but who humorously named her four children in alphabetical order) and how he battled the same issues during his youth. He gives you a glance into the world of 'beach bums', where you almost view Avalon as a heaven on Earth, where all of your problems are swept out with the tide. Then finally, by a few twists of fate, he gets his start into the modeling game at the age of 30. (Yet another fact that I find quite impressive!)
    Then comes the women...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2009

    Uplifting and entertaining peek at the modeling world

    While chockful of entertaining and true incidents involving many of the 1970's super models, fashion designers, and photographers, this book is a touching and inspirational read because the author managed to escape a life of vapid excess to become, eventually, not only beautiful on the outside, but the inside, as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2008

    Gotta have it!!!

    Such a fun and entertaining read as you indulge into Bruce Hulses life as a beach rat, turned student, struggling model to a supermodel! read about his deep search for spirituality, love and a soulmate. Stories as both men and women can relate to. Read it and pass it on!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2008

    Abs And Sex, Yes, But So Much More

    Despite attempts by publicity hounds to market this memoir as scandalous dishing about celebrity hook-ups, Bruce Hulse¿s ¿Sex, Love, and Fashion¿ transcends such banal, tabloid-obsessed drivel. Much more than a book about abs, beautiful girls, and big-name designers, this book is an exploration of one man¿s soul as it journeys from home to confusion to hope to despair to love. This books is not a book about fashion any more than, say, ¿Blood Meridian¿ is a book about cowboys this is nothing less than a book about the universal quest to prove oneself worthy of true love. A capable, and at times quite eloquent, narrator, Hulse describes himself and his beautiful but turbulent life with a candor and sincerity that evoke in turn charm and heartbreak. With the same artist¿s eye of those who photographed him, Hulse creates both a beautiful picture and something much, much deeper. 'Incidentally, this book is also damned entertaining I read it in two sittings and found myself laughing and tearing up on more than one occasion.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2008

    Name me any male model by name....

    Poorly written, please tell me the author wrote this with out any literary help. It's about a guy who is not famous, has done nothing and talks about the vigor¿s of male modeling as if he were a celebrity, which you can tell he is dying to be. Does anyone outside your circle really care ? The sales will tell you NO... The author writes about him learning the art of ¿Story Telling¿ with a fellow lifeguard during the summers in a quaint coastal town in New Jersey called Avalon. Obviously he must be referring to ¿Lying¿ and not the art of Story Telling¿ since this book is a bit distorted from many facts that have been stated. Example: Dr. X 'the character the author is really in love with' did not start a surf contest as a charity for a boy in town with cancer. Rather it was started by Dr. X¿s best friend for over 35 years and it started out as a contest that promoted ¿Clean Ocean Awareness¿ in the mid 1980¿s by a couple that have a summer home in Avalon, NJ. The book just never leads you any where, it is more like random thoughts, true or just how the author wants to remember them listed in front of you. The photos are nice but even there it¿s like watching a bad commercial from 20 years ago over and over again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2008

    Insightful and Honest - I couldn't put it down!

    Bruce Hulse does an amazing job with his book, Sex, Love, and Fashion, and I found it thoroughly entertaining. It gives an open and honest account of Hulse's experience in the male modelling industry. The reader also learns about Hulse's strong family connections, his spirituality and some of his meaningful friendships (male & female). I loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2008

    Awesome book about the real Maxim Playboy lifestyle!

    I heard the author promoting this book on 'Covino and Rich.' That being a radio show on 'Maxim Radio Sirius 108.' I loved this book because it rolled perfectly. It has a little bit of everything. The struggle to break into the industry, getting that big break, living the life. Look this book is about a guy that truly lived the Maxim/Playboy lifestyle. If your into the James Bond books, well then this book will have you riveted! The book has many great fascinating directions. It reminds me alot of Sammy the Bull Gravano's book underboss. In Underboss you kept asking what's you keep asking who's next! You originally read it for all the dirty interesting secrets, but then you get into all the other action that is happening! This book was the first book in years I just could not put down! I went to bed so tired cause I wanted to keep reading. I strongly reccommend this book if you are attracted to entertainment industry. It was without a doubt my favorite read in years!

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