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Scouted in the street when she was 17, Victoire Dauxerre's story started like a teenager's dream: within months she was on the catwalks of New York's major fashion shows and part of the most select circle of in-demand supermodels in the world.
But when fashion executives and photographers began to pressure her about her weight, forcing her to become ever thinner, Victoire's fantasy came at a cost. Food was now her enemy, and soon, living on only three apples a day and Diet Coke galore, Victoire became anorexic.
An unflinching, painful exposé of the uglier face of fashion, her testimony is a shocking example of how our culture's mechanisms of anorexia and bulimia can push a young woman to the point of suicide.
It is the story of a survivor whose fight against poisonous illness and body image shows us how to take courage and embrace life.
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By Zaubermond on 05-19-17
I have a friend who is a runway model and another who is a principal ballet dancer, so I was aware of the intense body image pressures involved in these industries. But I've always been interested in fashion, so I thought this might be a good choice.
Did I ever make a mistake! Even at a dollar an hour, this book is overpriced twaddle.
Again and again she repeats compliments given to her about how beautiful she is. I would say this is 25% of the book. Yes, we know you are beautiful. That is why you have a modeling contract, my dear. It became LOL hilarious after a time.
She is unable to describe anything except in terms of three words. Those who worship her are "adorable," those who are competitive or who do not do what she wishes are "b------," and good experiences are "sublime." The tone is shallow and narcissistic throughout.
When I was young, a friend of mine died from bulimia. I found Dauxerre's superficial glossing over about "recovery" to be utterly senseless, reflecting her shallow mind. Compare this to the moving depth of a book such as that of "Unbearable Lightness," and it quickly becomes obvious how ridiculous this book is.
If you're looking for a book written in the style of a narcissistic teenager who expects the world to adore her or else she goes crying back to her mum, look no further. Sadly, the book reflects so much of what is wrong with inflated expectations of young people who expect instant stardom and special treatment without effort. This is the story of a model who could not handle the pressures in a healthy way, threw away her chances for a brilliant career, and finally blames an industry for it all. How precious and entitled, Mlle. Dauxerre.
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By Cat Power on 03-11-17
Fabulous insight into the world of modelling
A wonderfully emotional story of Victoire who is thrust into the world of fashion modelling on the catwalks in New York, Milan and Paris.
The ups and downs, the magic and the appallingly bad ways models can be treated. All told by a wonderful writer and beautifully read.
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