Model (Paperback)

The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women

By Michael Gross

It Books, 9780062067906, 576pp.

Publication Date: September 27, 2011

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (2/1/2003)

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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 modeling’s carefully constructed façade of glamour to reveal the untold truths of an ugly trade.

About the Author

Michael Gross, the New York Times bestselling author of Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women, 740 Park: The Story of the World’s Richest Apartment Building, and House of Outrageous Fortune: Fifteen Central Park West, the World’s Most Powerful Address, is the editor-in-chief of Avenue, a contributing editor for Departures, and his journalism and other writing has appeared in magazines and newspapers throughout the world, including the New York Times, New York, GQ, Esquire, and Vanity Fair. He lives in New York City.

Praise For Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women

“Rewarding…highly enjoyable, perhaps unprecedented. The definitive work of the Barbizon school.”
— New York Times Book Review

“Absorbing reading. Essential.”
— Library Journal

“A book stripping models bare has electrified fashion…Lurid stories of sex, drugs, rock and frocks.”
— International Herald Tribune

“Sensational…Reveals the steamy secrets of the superbabes…Delivers everything…”
— The Daily News

“Staggeringly well–researched…Hideously fascinating.”
— Cosmopolitan

“Already in our Amazon shopping basket, we highly recommend you pick-up this wildly interesting bestseller as well.”

“One long, scurrilously detailed dish. The first comprehensive history of modeling and a chewy read.”
— Harper's Bazaar

“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.”
— Newsweek

“Page–turning exposé.”
— Vogue

“Sprawling…energetic…Gross has obviously thought deeply about the machinations and meaning of the modeling business.”
— People

“Scandalous…the exposé of record of the modeling industry.”
— Entertainment Weekly