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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Model Paperback – January 1, 1999


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  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha Books (1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0028631900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0028631905
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,721,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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48 of 57 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 9, 1999
Format: Paperback
My review of the Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Model has to be prefaced. I, like everyone else, have always been fascinated with the world of modeling. When I was a kid, I told my mom that I wanted to take modeling lessons so that I could "stop slouching" and carry myslf better (things that she usually admonished me about). In reality, I just wanted to learn how to strut down the catwalk like Christie Brinkly and Nikki Taylor. As I started to learn more about the moves, I got curious about what it would really be like to be a model. Unfortunately, I never found out, but I always wondered. Then, I saw Roshumba's book at Barnes and Nobles. My childhood curiousity overcame me and I purchased the book on the spur of the moment. It was one of the smartest impulses I've given into in a long time. Rosumba wrote the book in such a way that I truly understand what I would have been in for if I'd pursued modeling. It's a straightforward book interlaced with lots of humor and some great illustrations! I now know what to do and what not to do; who to be wary of and who to trust; how to find the creme de la creme of support and how to avoid the scum, and more! I will probably never become a model (unless, of course, a 5'3" model becomes the in look), but Roshumba's book makes me feel that if the opportunity ever arises, I'll be ready.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
These "tips" seem outdated and unrealistic. I would have loved to have seem some examples of what to do and what NOT to do, as far as posing, a portfolio, and meeting agents. It seems like it was written very fast, and sloppy, with no practical advice, and no photos in the book at all...
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Hall on October 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
I was surprised that Roshumba Williams, who is a beautiful woman, would be part of this kind of book. I seemed like someone who did'nt know much about modeling wrote this, and Roshumba put her name on it. There arn't even any pictures of her inside, no pictures at all.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By K. Murphy on October 2, 2004
Format: Paperback
I was surprized to get this book on modeling, and it had no photographs. It had advice that any model agency would give you with a simple phone call. I would not reccomend it at all.. sorry...
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 24, 2001
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This book is excellent if you want to know more about the modeling industry, but I have probably learnt more from experience and from other models, than the book. If you don't have any connections, this book would be a very nice resource to have. It does give good advice. I like how everything is explained pretty well, but I do not think it takes a book for you to realize whether someone is trying to take your money. I think it is pretty simple to just go to a legitimate agency for their open calls, and if it leads somewhere, they should teach you everything you should know about the modeling industry anyway. This publication is a better modeling book than the other ones I have read before. I would suggest this book over other modeling books because the information is worth the price of the book, and it is told by a real sucessful model.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Model Agent on July 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is probably the best of the current books on the craft of modeling. It is limited to fashion modeling (little of use is said about other disciplines), but covers that exhaustively with very readable text and drawings to illustrate her points.

I don't know that you can learn to model from a book, but if you want to try, and want to be a fashion model, this is an excellent book to learn from.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By alisn1derlnd on August 14, 2007
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If you are just getting started in the industry, with no help, this is the perfect book.
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