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Sex, Love, and Fashion: A Memoir of a Male Model Hardcover – August 5, 2008

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About the Author

BRUCE HULSE, recently named one of the top ten male models of all time, is a Cornell graduate with a degree in Asian studies. He also attended West Chester University, where he focused on graduate-level clinical psychology. Most recently, Bruce appeared as a judge on the Bravo reality show Manhunt: The Search for America’s Most Gorgeous Male Model. Today, Bruce is an accomplished surfer, a professional photographer, and continues to be one of the longest-working models in the industry. He lives in Southern California with his wife and two children.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype; 1 edition (August 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307381684
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307381682
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,330,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By April H. Lang on November 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
How does a boy who loved all sports,graduated from Cornell Uni.,and was an Avalon New Jersey lifeguard until he was 25 end up becoming a fashion icon? Read my brother Bruce Hulse's book; Sex Love and Fashion if you have ever entertained any ideas of becoming a fashion model or follow the changing trends of the fashion industry. It's hard to be objective about a family member's new hairstyle,taste in fashion,or childrearing techniques;but a memroire? The account is accurate and the book includes Bruces'search to blend the mind, body and soul while working in the fickle world of modeling.
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This book kept me entertained and I learned something about male modeling which I had never really paid attention to before. Thing is I just cringed every time he exposed some poor girl's sexual history with him, which he did repeatedly throughout the book. Women who now have families and didn't need that sort of "kiss-and-tell" person no doubt complicating their lives.

How would the author have felt as a boy if some random guy published details about an affair with his mother? Really made the book less enjoyable for me.
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I thought this book was absolutely fantastic!

I initially purchased the book after seeing it featured on a News Magazine Show. I thought that the book would be an entertaining read with a behind the scenes picture of modeling and intimate relationships with many of the women who are now icons in fashion, movies, and television.

And that it was - at the beginning.

As I progressed through in my reading, I found myself really liking the voice of the book, really identifying in my own way with the trials and tribulations he was experiencing: the depression, the new found fame, and the shock that some good and bad things do remain the same after you "make it".

The book became more than two handfuls of chapters about modeling and traveling around the world. It became a story. The growth that the author so wonderfully and honestly portrays is a treat to behold. The bonds with friends and loved ones through work and play, in the book, guide you through some amazing decades of emotion. And as any good story goes, whether fiction or non, the ending is truly special. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone.

JC Solis
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The book was awesome! It did not have any of the gory and unattractive stuff that is perceived to take place behind the scenes in the lives of male models. The perception about male models was de-bunked. Bruce was very candid in sharing his stories; he came across as real, intelligent and modest. It was extremely interesting reading! He was certainly going where no man has gone before! He was very professional in his work and he opened the doors for the current crop of male models!
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Bruce Hulse proves that there really is more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking. He's very much a dude, but one with depth and decency. As a young man, Hulse is sensitive and questioning; he's into yoga, ashrams, vegetarianism, and all things spiritually enlightening. But he was also a regular guy shooting hoops, surfing, hooking up with chicks, and hanging out with buddies Shoe, The Glenn, Stoover, Scarhead, and Doc X. Doc X is the quintessential bro whose habit of referring to himself in the third person will no doubt send female readers' eyes a-rolling: "Doc X stays in the X Mansion. People come to see Doc X...Doc X doesn't go to see people. That's the Doc X way." All this "find-myself" time gave him some ballast when he entered the modeling whirlwind. Parisian modeling agency flunkie Jocelyn catches newbie Hulse meditating and informs him about the fashion facts of life: "I know about religion, and it's-how you say?-evil. If you want to be a model, cherie, then you'll have to put all that behind you. Fashion is a world of materialism and appearance and instant gratification. If you try to cling to things you believe in, you'll be in big trouble." Despite his best efforts to fight this militantly shallow view of life, Hulse finds himself swept up in the fantasy and sensuality of the business. He goes from banging nails as a carpenter for just above minimum wage, to $1,500-a-day modeling gigs and banging...well, let's just say he knew goddesses Paulina Porizkova, Andie Macdowell, Elle Macpherson, and Tatjana Patitz in the Biblical sense. After the novelty wears off, he's brave enough to confront himself: "I had always seen myself as one of the good guys. Now I felt like just another jerk.Read more ›
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Mr. Hulse's candor both a pro & con --- he remains true to his genesis from high school athlete, to summer trash collector, to Avalon, NJ lifeguard & the herculean, rare achievement of international male modeling icon in the heady 80s. However, you may never look at super model/actresses like Andie McDowell, Paulina Porozkova & Carey Lowell the same after reading about the author's exploits with these high-profile gals. Enlightening for those considering pursuing modeling careers. Book abounds with stunning photography by notables Bruce Weber, Herb Ritt & the author & friends with testament to the beauty of fashion, international vistas & the subjects themselves. Most surprisingly, this book surpasses the superficial story about the fashion world to explore spirituality, religion, morality, mental health, personal growth & happiness, with glimpses into some of the key challenges Mr. Hulse faced throughout his career.
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