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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810996421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810996427
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #779,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beautiful book! Nigel Barker delivers., August 25, 2010 By Top Model Fan "Pat" This review is from: Nigel Barker's Beauty Equation: Revealing a Better and More Beautiful You (Paperback) What a fabulous book. Nigel has some great insights into how to always looks great in photos. I always try to look cool but end up looking silly. Can't wait to now use my Beauty Equation and do all the cool chalenges he ends every chapter with. And the book is so fun. He seems more serious on Top Model but he writes some really funny stuff. He used a lot of girls from the show including my favorite, Shandi. All the photos are by Nigel (or of Nigel when he was a model...yum) and are gorgeous. I see on his website that he is doing a book tour. I will be first in line to get my copy signed! Great Book, Great Message, Great Design... Just Great!, September 22, 2010 By Nick Trojan "Nick" (USA) - See all my reviews This review is from: Nigel Barker's Beauty Equation: Revealing a Better and More Beautiful You (Paperback) I was fortunate enough to see Nigel at a discussion and book signing last night, and have to say I was impressed with both him and this book. I stayed up late reading it! For someone who's in the business of producing more-beautiful-than-life imagery, he has a realistic and refreshing perspective on what true beauty is. While books with the message of building one's confidence are not a new idea, the fact that Nigel is a giant in the fashion industry, coupled with the self-portrait assignments, give this book more weight than the typical self-help faire. Plus, the anecdotes and a look at Nigel's life experiences are funny, sometimes touching, almost always interesting. While I'm not the target demographic per se (I'm male, for one), this book still spoke to me, and I recommend it highly.

From the Author

What is beauty, where does it stem from, how do we obtain it?
It has been my job to capture beauty one way or another for nearly 20 years. Through my work as a photographer, filmmaker and father, it's become evident to me that we consistently think of beauty as only skin deep.
The Beauty Equation is based on my experiences on a quest to find what truly makes each and every one of us beautiful.
As a photographer, I don't recall whether my subject was too thin or too fat, had perfect skin or even dressed stylishly. Rather, I remember the experience, how I was moved, and what it meant to me. When I point my camera at you and focus on your eyes, I can see whether or not you are nervous, I can tell whether you smile frequently or if you're a frowner, if you are happy or sad. To say we wear our hearts on our sleeve is an understatement. I believe we wear our heart and our soul on our face, and we give away our thoughts and position with body language. So by appealing to the reader to examine various attributes of inner beauty, I hope to reveal just how easy it is to not only feel beautiful, but to appear so too.
The Beauty Equation is a workbook (yes, I'm asking the reader to do a little self-examination homework!). In each chapter you'll encounter a 'Teach' element where I cast aside conventional rules and use real life examples to break down concepts and ideals of beauty in today's world. After each teach, I ask you to complete a series of easy to follow challenges that will provide you with the tools you need to embody the teach with the use of a camera, video camera or just a pencil. The idea being that

YOU + allure + confidence + compassion + spontaneity + radiance + health + honesty + charm + energy ÷ humor = BEAUTY


Each chapter in the Beauty Equation sets out to explain the various definitions of inner beauty in an anecdotal manner taken directly from my own experiences. Culminating at the end of each chapter with a series of challenges both written and photographic. I challenge the reader to feel their inner beauty and allow it to expose itself.
beautyequation.com
is the ultimate tool in helping you get the most out of the book's challenges. This interactive website will enable you to build your portfolio, post your work and track your Beauty Equation progress. Keep your portfolio private, or share, compare and connect with other Beauty Equation users from around the world. BE ONE is the blog section of the site where you can post your thoughts and read articles and updates from me and a collection of BE contributors. I have specifically designed this site to help you discover your Beauty Equation and give you the support, resources and accessories you need to do so!

More About the Author

For the past twenty years, Nigel Barker has been taking the worlds of fashion, beauty and entertainment by storm. He's regarded internationally as the renowned photographer and judge on the show, America's Next Top Model. Now in it's 15th cycle, the show airs in more than 146 countries and is watched by more than 100 million people per week. Barker's presence in the fashion, beauty and entertainment industries has resulted in an array of exciting projects including films, commercials, spokesperson roles, his first book, photographic exhibitions, international editorial assignments and the creation of his own show, The Shot on VH1.
His directorial debut was a highly acclaimed documentary that he also produced called, A Sealed Fate? - followed by, Generation Free and Haiti: Hunger and Hope, which partner with respective charities: The Humane Society of the United States, The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and the Edeyo Foundation, to highlight some of our world's most pressing issues. Additionally, Barker is a celebrity ambassador for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Do Something organization and campaign shooter for Fashion Targets Breast Cancer.
Barker's unique positioning as photographer, filmmaker, author and father has secured him highly successful spokesperson positions for prominent brands including, Microsoft, Sony, Crest White Strips and Nine West. Nigel appears along side Justin Timberlake and Peyton Manning in Sony's 2010 national ad campaign. In addition, he has lent his personality to television and feature film cameos, event hosting and presenting. Nigel appeared as a celebrity judge for the 2008 Miss America Pageant and had cameo roles on several TV series including, The Young & The Restless, Privileged, Stylista, Style Her Famous and Ugly Betty as well as a cameo role in the not yet released feature film, Arthur (2011) with Jennifer Garner, Russell Brand, Nick Nolte and Helen Miren. And, he has hosted and presented for many events including 2007, 2008 and 2010 Emmys on Fox, the 2008 and 2009 Go Green galas in New York and the Genesis Awards.
Barker authored his first and much anticipated book, Nigel Barker's Beauty Equation: Revealing a Better and More Beautiful You. The book guides the reader through a series of self-portrait and journaling challenges, which help the reader to discover their inner beauty by building confidence and self-esteem and in turn, enhance their outer beauty.
Nigel Barker lives in New York City with his wife, Cristen and their two children Jack and Jasmine.

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I see on his website that he is doing a book tour.
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It's not just a great book for people looking to be on the beauty business, but also a book to help discover the beauty within yourself for everyone in general.
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Nigel has a very personal and easy writing style that makes you feel as though you are sitting there with him.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ebersole Hughes on August 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
What a fabulous book. Nigel has some great insights into how to always looks great in photos. I always try to look cool but end up looking silly. Can't wait to now use my Beauty Equation and do all the cool chalenges he ends every chapter with.
And the book is so fun. He seems more serious on Top Model but he writes some really funny stuff. He used a lot of girls from the show including my favorite, Shandi. All the photos are by Nigel (or of Nigel when he was a model...yum) and are gorgeous. I see on his website that he is doing a book tour. I will be first in line to get my copy signed!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nick Trojan on September 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
I was fortunate enough to see Nigel at a discussion and book signing last night, and have to say I was impressed with both him and this book. I stayed up late reading it! For someone who's in the business of producing more-beautiful-than-life imagery, he has a realistic and refreshing perspective on what true beauty is. While books with the message of building one's confidence are not a new idea, the fact that Nigel is a giant in the fashion industry, coupled with the self-portrait assignments, give this book more weight than the typical self-help faire. Plus, the anecdotes and a look at Nigel's life experiences are funny, sometimes touching, almost always interesting. While I'm not the target demographic per se (I'm male, for one), this book still spoke to me, and I recommend it highly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By planet617 on March 26, 2011
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I purchased Nigel's book today and read through most of it in one sitting. This is an excellent book for models looking for some great insider tips and ideas on how to position themselves as models and gives them good insight into the industry. This is also a great way to attain a deeper understanding of themselves and learn skills that will serve them well regardless of what they ultimately choose as a career.

Nigel has a very personal and easy writing style that makes you feel as though you are sitting there with him. His insights and tips are invaluable and the "teaches" can be an extremely important process for models to work through.

I often tell new models that even if they decide not to pursue modeling, they should take away from the experience a deeper understanding of who they are as people and if they keep that in mind, it will have been a successfull personal journey.

I feel Nigel has conveyed that sentiment in a much more eloquent, practical way and with his years of experience on both sides of the camera, you have a priceless guide to help you get the most out of yourself and your modeling journey.

I am a photographer and would highly recommend this book for not only models and photographers, but anyone involved with the very important job of helping young people (which most of them are) get a good start in the industry with structured guidance.

I purchased two and will buy more and will recommend them to all models I work with.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anne T. on August 30, 2010
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I really enjoyed reading through this book--not your typical beauty book. The photos are plentiful and gorgeous, the narrative is written in Nigel's familiar (for fans of ANTM like me) and friendly voice, and the "challenges" at the end of each chapter are positive and fun. I love the idea that you can upload your photos to the website and be part of a larger community. I found the chapter on photography and lighting at the end to be super helpful--I agree with Nigel's suggestion to read that chapter early on so you can be well prepared for the first exercises. Also loved the emphasis on self improvement and appreciating yourself. Great book!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nina Nueve on October 18, 2010
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Fantastic book about beauty inside and out. It's not just a great book for people looking to be on the beauty business, but also a book to help discover the beauty within yourself for everyone in general. On these days when so many girls are worry about their appearance, Nigel shows with examples, how confidence and personality excel and is able to top any garment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Belle D. on May 7, 2011
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This book is really cool with all of the tips and such in it. It has tons of colored photos and tips. Great buy!
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Great for people who don't like to have their photos taken. The tips are very helpful and the illustrations are as well.
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