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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 (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,358,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Solis on August 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Ouillette on January 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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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By D.J. Stroud on December 30, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
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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Gorgeous? Check. World traveler? Check. Adventuresome? Check. Spiritual? Check. Male model? Check. Destroying stereotypes? You better believe it.
Bruce Hulse proves to us the models we see are not all vapid pools of materialism and false purveyors of hope, sex, and a better life if we buy what they're selling. His book chronicles not only his rise to fame as a male model but also his amazing journey of self discovery.
Bruce shows us that not all pretty faces are the same. He is very smart and has had some great life experiences that he chronicles well. His retelling of his close friend's death had me in tears and his account of tantric masturbation had me laughing out loud. He is also not ashamed to talk about his fight with depression. No matter who you are, depression can seize you. He shows us that it doesn't matter what we look like, how much money we have,who we love, where we live, or who our friends are--depression can affect everyone.
And while reading of his sexual escapades was thrilling it was even more thrilling for him to find his true love, his balance. What good is great sex when you have no one to share a life with? Bruce clearly took advantage of being surrounded by gorgeous models (and really, who wouldn't) but the emptiness left him searching for something more tangible, something more meaningful.
Sure movies like Zoolander make fun of male models and I myself snickered when I picked up this book but within a few pages I was sucked in, he is a good storyteller and is great at painting the picture of his life. Bruce has had a wonderful life and chronicles his ups and downs well. He also gives us a backstage look into the industry of fashion, especially when it was at it's peak in the 80s and 90s. Simply put, I could not put this book down and highly recommend it.
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