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The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women

Michael Gross


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Paperback (2/1/2003)


Investigative journalist Michael Gross delves into the history of models and takes us into the private studios and hidden villas where models play and are preyed upon, going beyond modeling’s carefully constructed facade of glamour to expose the scandal and untold truths that permeate the seemingly glamorous business.

Here for the first time is the complete story of the international model business—and its evil twin: legalized flesh peddling. It’s a tale of vast sums of money, rape both symbolic and of the flesh, sex and drugs, obsession and tragic death. At its heart is the most unholy combination in commerce: beautiful, young women and rich, lascivious men.

Fashion insider Michael Gross has interviewed modeling’s pioneers, survivors, and hangers–on, and he tells 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; and today’s supermodel trinity, Christy, Naomi and Linda.

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.”

“Page–turning exposé.”
— Vogue

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

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

It Books, 9780062067906, 576pp.

Publication Date: September 27, 2011

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.