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Publisher's Summary

Sociologist Ashley Mears takes us behind the brightly lit runways and glossy advertisements of the fashion industry in this insider's study of the world of modeling. Mears, who worked as a model in New York and London, draws on observations as well as extensive interviews with male and female models, agents, clients, photographers, stylists, and others, to explore the economics and politics - and the arbitrariness - behind the business of glamour.
Exploring a largely hidden arena of cultural production, she shows how the right "look" is discovered, developed, and packaged to become a prized commodity. She examines how models sell themselves, how agents promote them, and how clients decide to hire them. An original contribution to the sociology of work in the new cultural economy, Pricing Beauty offers rich, accessible analysis of the invisible ways in which gender, race, and class shape worth in the marketplace.
©2011 Ashley Mears (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Mears gives voice to a group of women who are paid to be seen and not heard." (Slate)
"Mears has produced a fascinating study." (Boston Globe)
"Mears acknowledges that walking the runway can be a thrill unlike any other [but also] notes some of the industry's exploitative aspects." (Stylelist)
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By Lee on 10-29-13

Like a freshman year sociology paper

Parts of this were interesting, but there was too much lingo, too much repetition and a whole lot of stating the obvious.

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By Casinos and Destinations Website on 01-10-18

One of the Best Insider Stories Read

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Not sure

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The author covers both male and female throughout the book.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Cris Dukehart?


Do you think Pricing Beauty needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes, the new title would need a new author

Any additional comments?

Glad it was a book you could listen to.

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