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Be Your Own Top Model

Last week, CWTV debuted cycle 15 of your favorite show and mine, AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL! For the next few months, each model will compete with who can squeal the loudest, create the most drama, miss their families, and–oh yeah–model!

This cycle is more about high fashion than ever, with the winner getting a photo spread in Vogue Italia instead of Seventeen Magazine and being subject to the critiques of famous fashion designers such as Roberto Cavalli, among others.

If you want to get a grasp on not just the world of modeling and fashion (you know, in order to tune out the screaming ignoramus models-to-be and focus on why the wrinkly European people on the show are really important) but also mold yourself into the most fierce you that you can be, check out these resources!

TYRA.COM – Tyra’s own personal site for beauty, inside and out. Learn the secrets of the smize and modeling H2T!

Passion for Fashion: Careers in Style
by Jeanne Beker

Whether your interests lie in design, modeling, photography, or make-up, this book will outline all of the different opportunities you can have in the fashion industry–and prepare you to pursue them.

America’s Next Top Model: Fierce Guide to Life – The Ultimate Source of Beauty, Fashion, and Model Behavior
by J. E. Bright

Tyra Banks believes that education, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a positive self-image are essentials of modeling, and in this book, you’ll learn how to develop all of these things. Self-empowerment is the key to being the fiercest you you can be, whether model or not!

Model: A Memoir (Pretty Girl. Ugly Business.)
by Cheryl Diamond

Cheryl Diamond was 14 when she left North Carolina for New York and its promise of modeling stardom. How Diamond remains optimistic after spending a night locked in a storage unit and fending off one lecherous model scout after another remains to be seen, but if you’re looking at an intimate portrait of the industry, you’ll get it here.

Hungry: A Young Model’s Story of Appetite, Ambition and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves
by Crystal Renn

I might enjoy the fashion industry, but no enjoyment should be without the knowledge that the fashion industry has really hurt women in America by privileging specific kinds of bodies (what the industry calls “coat hanger” bodies) over others. In Crystal Renn’s story, we see what happens when a model’s pressure to lose weight overtake the need for nourishment.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Main

One Response

  1. Great post Joseph!! I agree that the modeling and fashion industries definitely send some mixed messages, but it’s good to think about how we can be our fiercest no matter what our bodies look like!! Thank you for the suggestions and for the encouragement to be amazing. Stay fierce!!

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