4 Book Reviews submitted by our Members...sorted by voted most helpful
Heather reviewed Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women on
Helpful Score: 2
Great book if you are interested in the history of modeling agencies and there workings.The models mentioned in this book are mostly older it ends with the appearance of Kate Moss so if you are looking to dish dirt on newer models this book won't fit the bill. Does cover the era of the Super Model well.
UGH! What a horrible book. Long, dull, name-dropping names you dont care about. And, the overall story highly disappointing. The ugly business not really much of a surprise. And, Im not sure that thats because the book was published 15 years ago.
So what do you learn in this book? Photographers have sex with the models so does anyone else who has any sort of influence in the industry (ie, can get the model work.) They use a lot of drugs. The agencies fight with each other to get models to work for them and get the publishers to pick their models.
Not sure whats so shocking or surprising about any of that.
There are a few bright spots the story of Lauren Hutton is pretty much written by her with little editing by the author a great and entertaining story. There are a few other spots like that Cindy Crawfords story is another I can think of no where near enough to make reading the entire tome worthwhile.
There is an interesting mention of Roman Polanski being at a hotel room in Paris with Jack Nicholson in a room full of 14-15 year old girls. Its not explicitly stated, but its strongly implied that the girls were there for sex. (Seriously I hope Roman Polanskis children never meet someone like him when they are not in a position of power.)
The bright spot in the book? Theres a good index. Use it to find the Lauren Hutton and Cindy Crawford stories so you can read just them.
Otherwise, this book is an insult to the trees sacrificed to publish it.
"Model" gives a definitive history of models going back to Lauren Hutton through the era of the "Super models" that were big business through the early 1990's. Great stories of Cindy Crawford, Stephanie Seymour, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington and all of your favorite models can be found in this terrific book. There are a few black and white photos contained in the book and wait til you read what a pedophille famous model agency owner John Casablancas was in the 1980s and his fling with former Victoria's Secret babe - Stephanie Seymour will provide you with some juicy reading!