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Women Before 10 A. M.

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Following up on her highly praised bestseller Men Before 10 a.m., celebrity photographer Véronique Vial completes her wonderfully intimate and revealing portrait of the sexes with Women Before 10 a.m., a captivating collection of your favorite fashion, cinematic, and pop culture beauties, starlets, and models before ten o'clock in the morning.

Caught with Vial's friendly lens in all their unadorned morning glory—and in the act of waking, snuggling, canoodling, bathing, getting ...

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Overview

Following up on her highly praised bestseller Men Before 10 a.m., celebrity photographer Véronique Vial completes her wonderfully intimate and revealing portrait of the sexes with Women Before 10 a.m., a captivating collection of your favorite fashion, cinematic, and pop culture beauties, starlets, and models before ten o'clock in the morning.

Caught with Vial's friendly lens in all their unadorned morning glory—and in the act of waking, snuggling, canoodling, bathing, getting dressed, smoking a cigarette, eating breakfast, or feeding the kids—are today's sexiest and most sought after actresses, models, musicians, and writers from the U.S. and Europe. The results are humorous, touching, elegant, sexy, and very, very feminine.

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Editorial Reviews

Elle Magazine
Intimate, messy, revealing. . . photos of fabulous females in their precaffeinated state.
Paper Magazine
Imagine being let into the bedrooms and bathrooms of 96 of the world's most beautiful actresses and models to photograph them while they're still sleepy themselves, without makeup, defenses. . . or clothes. . . . These heavenly creatures loll in expensive sheets, smoke, drink coffee, play with their dogs and children. . . and let it all hang out.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576871201
  • Publisher: powerHouse Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 9.57 (w) x 11.38 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Véronique Vial was born in France and moved to Los Angeles in 1989. Her first celebrity portraits appeared in A Day in the life of Hollywood (HarperCollins, 1991). The exclusive staff photographer for the famed circus troupe Cirque du Soleil, Vial's first monograph Cirque du Soleil (Rizzoli, 1993) enjoyed enormous success; her next book on the widely popular circus was published in 1999. Her book Men Before 10 a.m. (Beyond Words/PGW, 1996) was a hit around the world. Vial has exhibited her work at the prestigious Visa Pour l'Image in Perpignan, and is represented commercially by Creative Photographers, Inc. in New York, and by the renowned Fahey/Klein gallery.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2001

    Candid Shots of Sleepyheads and Fast Starters

    The concept of this book was to shoot candid photographs of women doing their normal activities in the morning, following on the successful book done with men in the morning. The purpose was to get the real person behind the polished facade of the famous. Ms. Vial wanted to see 'raw, real, natural . . . no makeup, no posing, I wanted their souls.' Each photograph was done without additional lighting and was based on a few candid rolls. The book notes the time when the photograph was taken in most cases. Most are from 7 to 10 a.m. The images catch the subjects in bed (alone, and with pets, a mom, children, and men), bathing, showering, with kids, wearing robes, wearing no robes, dressing, exercising, smoking (too many of these), brushing their teeth, drying their hair, putting on make up, having coffee, meditating, making breakfast, eating breakfast, and even working. The concept works best for those who are still half conked-out while they are being photographed, and those who are not professional models. The bright-eyed professional models look just as great as they would on any fashion shoot. It's testimony to their talent for posing without direction. The book contains lots of notes about the subjects, both written in calligraphy and in printed captions at the end of the book. The book would have been a lot better with much more editing. Many of the images add little, other than to make the people look bad. Some of these women looked like they were coming off an all-night drunk or a drug-based party. The images here would often earn the book an R rating if it were a motion picture. There is total nudity in some cases, but of the modest sort. A major drawback to doing candid shots in available light is that many of the images end up looking like semi mug shots, because the light was so poor. I feel that more of these should have been eliminated. The brief foreword by Sean Penn didn't do anything for me. I suggest you skip it. One of the touching photographs in the collection is of Demi Moore in bed with her dying mother. Other touching images include mothers playing with their children, pregnant woman struggling with their temporary girth, and women with their pets. Despite the limitations of the book, I liked many of the photographs either because they did give a window on the soul or because the woman was just so beautiful or interesting that she overcame the circumstances of the photography. Here are my favorites: Reese Witherspoon; Helena Christensen; Uschi Obermaier; Julia Stiles; Laetitia Casta (7:17 a.m. and under water); Ingrid Seynhaere; Emily Watson; Mia Kirshner (2); Sophis and Tess Medina; Charlotte Flossant; Amanda De Cadenet; Emma Thompson (2nd one); Dyan Cannon; Frederique van der Wal (2); Diane Warren; Eileen Ryan Penn; Debbie Morgan; Sofia Coppola; Sigourney Weaver (2); Joely Fisher; Lisa Marie; Lumi Cavazos; Angie Everhart; Cheryl Tiegs (2); Gina Gershon; Lois Chiles; Jennifer Beals; and Emmanuelle Sallet. After you finish enjoying this book, I suggest that you do your own version of this photography with the people in your family. Get them at various times in the day when they are at their most open. It will make a wonderful scrapbook! Find the natural person behind the prepared mask and response, . . . and cherish them! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2000

    Amazing and comforting

    Too see all these women in the morning made feel more comforting as a women. These women are so beautiful in each of their own ways. The first time I looked through this book it grabbed my attention immediatly. I feel my favorite would have to be angelina Jolie as she is always been my favorite and you finally get to see these women in their own light.

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