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Dominique Palombo Photographer for Seventeen and Mademoiselle If you want to know about reality -- not glamour and gossip -- read this. This guide will definitely give a head start to anyone thinking of becoming a model.

Top Model Magazine Natasha Esch shares the experience and insight of her own success in the exciting but competitive world of modeling. A must-read for any aspiring model looking for inspiration.

About the Author

Natasha Esch is the president of Wilhelmina Models. She is the author of Wilhelmina's Guide to Child Modeling and Wilhelmina's Modeling and Acting Dictionary. She lives in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; First Edition edition (June 4, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684814919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684814919
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #610,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am impressed with the amount of information this book gave.
Cristine
There is no help on resumes, picture taking, or, how to get started,with the exception of the advice to "find an agency".
joeandkelly@earthlink.net
I have been modeling for almost three years now; I wish I had read this book when I first started out!
"silverveil"

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Gertrud35173 on May 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
I have been an editorial/fashion/runway model for 10 years. This is definetely the best book I have read on the subject. I wish I had been written before I started out, because it would have saved me from some of the pitfalls in the business.
Natasha's writing is short and to the point, -without leaving anything out. It does contain a sample letter you can send to the agencies. It shows you exactly what kind of pictures to send to the agencies, as well. How to dress. What make-up to wear (or not wear). Everything you need to know.
I love her chapter on the foreign markets (London, Milan, Tokyo etc.) because she describes it exactly the way it is.
Another favourite chapter of mine, you get to know how photografers, stylists and designers feel about models....and what they expect from us.
She walks you through everything from A - Z. I can't think of anything she forgot to write about.
Best of Luck.....and go for it.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By B. Hsu on August 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
Essentially this book, with its large fonts and generous helpings of superfluous pictures, contained scant information about the modeling industry. The pages are just filled with very shallow and unsubstantiated statements such as, "Your agent will navigate your career, setting in motion a business and promotional plan geared to market fully your unique looks and talent", with no further elaboration. Take for example its chapter on "Ethinic Modeling". It glazes over the subject on how its such a promising area of the industry and tops it off with two short interviews with 2 female black models - 7 pages in all, with plenty of pictures might I add. The interviews themselves were just as disappointing with superficial statements of little substance that only glamorizes the modelling industry. Above all, the author insults the reader's intelligence by shamelessly pitching the Wilhelmina modeling agency almost every other page. In fact, the entire book's message boils down to - try to sign up with an model agency (no less the Wilhelmina) and expect a 20% commission rate. Those who have rated this book 5 stars are obviously the author or Wilhemlmina employees.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "silverveil" on November 9, 2001
Format: Paperback
I have been modeling for almost three years now; I wish I had read this book when I first started out! It does cover the business pretty well: how to get started, how to pick up speed and get ahead of the competition, etc. Very detailed advice on things YOU NEED TO KNOW, including what is expected from you by agencies and photograpers. I would especially recommend this book to all the aspiring models and New Faces out there!! Just remember that if you want to model, look up a few agencies and contact them TODAY! Never put off something so important that it can change your life forever!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
The best book I've seen for anybody smart and serious, whose starting out in the modeling world. Gives great do it yourself advice on everything from getting photographs to approaching an agency -- even what to wear and what to watch out for. I know my chances are much better because I read this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Aubrey Lawrence on November 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
Had the modeling industry edited this book it never would have gone to press as it is. It reveals the truth about agencies, the little ones, the big ones--and the obvious and not so obvious aspects of an industry that thrives off of young men and women with big dreams. The coverage of modeling in Italy is especially true to life. This book was used as evidence in a court case that changed the way agencies are allowed to treat models, what they are permitted to charge them for inclusion in agency books, for model cards, and even how much of a cut they are allowed to take from a model's earnings. Some agencies went under because of the secrets so innocently revealed in these pages. Lots of excellent practical advice too. Easily the best book in the business even if it is not so recent as some other books on the subject.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 1999
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The first down-to-earth-no-secrets-held-back guide to the industry. And I've read them all. I do my homework. Lots of interviews with models in various stages of their careers who have the confidence to tell it like it is. Helped me to break into the business in New York, get a top agency and know what I am and am not capable of doing despite what anyone tells me. Gives you the power to make your own decisions and maintain sanity in a sometimes crazy business!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 16, 2004
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I was not impressed with the lack of real information. I could have gotten more information by talking to a "working model" for 10 min. The fact that Wilhelmina has been a part of soo many modeling scams, makes me think that this "advice" is off base too. All fluff , and no substance.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cristine on November 15, 2004
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I am impressed with the amount of information this book gave. It really guides you step by step & made me realize that even though I'm short(5'2), I can still make it in beauty, print, petite & junior/teen modeling.
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