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Strutting It!: The Grit Behind the Glamour Paperback – February 8, 2011

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Tundra Books; Original edition (February 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770492240
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770492240
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,050,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


“…Jeanne has packed the book with information… And when it comes to passion, few people come close to Jeanne….”
– Editor’s letter, Flare Magazine

“…an indispensable guide for teens who want to earn a living working in fashion. …[T]his comprehensive guide [is] glamorous and captivating…”
– Best Books for Kids and Teens 2009, Arts and Poetry, The Canadian Children’s Book Centre

“…A must-have for budding fashionistas.”
School Library Journal

About the Author

Jeanne Beker is the host and segment producer of the internationally syndicated “FashionTelevision,” and style columnist for the Globe and Mail. She was editor-in-chief of FQ and SIR magazines, as well as being a celebrated judge for several seasons on “Canada’s Next Top Model.” In the fall of 2010, Jeanne launched her clothing line EDIT by Jeanne Beker at the Bay across Canada. She is the author of five books including The Big Night Out and Passion for Fashion. Jeanne Beker lives in Toronto.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LibraryThingReviewer on March 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
Strutting It does what no other book on modeling (that I know of) does: It targets its information to the age group where many (if not most) high fashion models start their careers. (Roughly 13 - 15ish)

It also strips the glamor out of the models life for us to see. While it doesn't try to deny that flying to international locals, wearing cutting-edge clothes, and being photographed can't or shouldn't be viewed as a fascinating lifestyle, it also lays bare how rare this aspect of the life is, how exhausting shoots can be, and the unreliability of the paychecks (the forward is especially good for this reality check).

By doing these two things, this book makes itself invaluable to young people considering a career in modeling. Add to that the discussion of modeling careers for people who aren't tall, thin, and gorgeous (hand modeling, plus-size modeling, local modeling) and you get a well-rounded book aimed at exactly the age group modeling agencies often look for.

While I would like more emphasis given to how scammers can pray on a young person's, or anyone's. quixotic desire for the perceived model lifestyle, this is still an excellent primer on the topic. It's not a celebration of models or a condemnation: just useful info from those who know.
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