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Beauty, Disrupted: A Memoir Hardcover – October 11, 2011
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From the Back Cover
Teen runaway, supermodel, and actress Carré Otis found herself in the public eye from a very tender age. Millions of people gazed at provocative images of her in magazine and billboard ads from Guess and Calvin Klein as well as in features on the pages of Playboy and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. By the time she was twenty, they had also seen her on posters for the controversial film Wild Orchid, with Mickey Rourke. The troubled marriage to Rourke that followed soon thereafter was widely reported on in the media, as were Carré’s struggles with drugs and a particularly brutal eating disorder. But to see someone naked on the page or exposed on the screen and in tabloids doesn’t mean we know who that person really is.
After a decade-long deeply reflective and spiritual journey to discover for herself who she is, Carré found the balance and serenity she sought and is now ready to share her side of the story with the world. She confronts her complex past fearlessly and with unrelenting candor to set the record straight. The result is a narrative of success, despair, and ultimate triumph over sexual exploitation and our cultural obsession with appearance—a narrative of beauty disrupted, reclaimed, and made more radiant through self-acceptance, inner peace, and the love of family.
About the Author
As a supermodel, Carré Otis has appeared on the covers of Vogue, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Glamour, and Cosmopolitan, and has worked with many of the world's greatest fashion photographers. She has appeared on nationally televised programs, offering her unique insight into the business of beauty and the high price it demands. Carré lives in Colorado with her husband and two daughters.
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Top Customer Reviews
I first read this book when I was still in the throes of anorexia. It brought tears to my eyes then.
I read it a second time after getting divorced and then entering and leaving an abusive relationship. She describes so much of what I went through… The manipulation, coercive control, power plays, neediness, fear. The inability to make any choices without permission. The wanting to leave, but remembering the good times and hoping they will return if you try hard enough. How it feels for a grown man to make you responsible for his health and happiness, at your expense.
When I first read this book, her descriptions of Buddhism interested me. I had never been exposed to Buddhism. I began visiting our local Buddhist center and reading about Buddhism.
After reading her book a second time, I got more serious about Buddhism. And now meditate and do yoga twice a day, and this spirituality is the foundation and cornerstone of my life. I am happier than ever before because of these practices. I also have done a tremendous amount of work on myself, which is hard and takes courage but ultimately pushes you through to the other side to be able to stand on your own and find peace.
Yes, this is a book about a supermodel. But it's not at all about modeling. It is a book about a woman who overcame dyslexia, who was sexually assaulted at age 12 and survived multiple rapes as a teenager. She also survived a long time abusive marriage and heroin addiction. She fell down many times, but she kept picking herself back up and finally made her way out.
Carre is such an inspiration to me. Thank you, thank you, thank you for telling your story and helping me on my journey.
My only complaint is that I wish she wouldn't have spent so much time talking about Mickey. I know he was a big part of her life but after a while the chapters about Mickey began to sound like a broken record. I wish she would have talked more about her 2nd husband and what his background was.
Carre speaks with complete raw honesty. You can tell she wrote from her heart. She doesn't hold back and thats such a refreshing thing to see in a celebrity memoir. So many celeb memoirs these days read like their agent wrote it for them.
Overall, I think that this a great book for young women to read. I highly suggest watching her TED talk. It is very inspirational and it is the reason why I bought this book.
That being said, I still enjoyed reading about Carre Otis' life and experiences with modeling. I think she is extremely brave and strong for being able to share such personal and painful memories. She also talks a lot about her experience with religion and her relationship with Buddhism, which helped her get through some obstacles and find true happiness.
Overall, I liked the book. I'm glad she was able to share so much of herself and expose the super model life style for what it really is.