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Becoming By Cindy Crawford: By Cindy Crawford with Katherine O' Leary Hardcover – September 29, 2015
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"Crawford's takes on female empowerment, nudity and motherhood are revealing. . . In the end, she emerges as an earnest achiever: 'I'd love to tell that hardworking girl with her nose buried in a book that it is OK to live it up a little bit.'"
"A gorgeously illustrated collection of stories, Becoming is a chic and engaging book that provides insight into the professional and personal life of a veritable icon."
"Crawford's book has smart advice and valuable insights for anyone looking to make their way in a world where everyone is trying to stand out from the pack."
"Looking at the 150 images that span [Crawford's] decades-long career is like seeing them for the first time all over again - you remember where you were when you first saw them, how amazing she is in front of the camera, and how, at 49 years old, the wife and mom of two has still got it. . . Taking you even deeper is how Becoming is punctuated with Crawford's personal stories and the lessons she's learned over the years, which, as it turns out, is more than simply how to make clothes look good."
"More than just a memoir, [Becoming is] a darn good look back on the '90s without getting lost in nostalgia."
"Always an icon, now an author, this book is as beautiful as the woman who wrote it."
About the Author
Cindy Crawford is an American supermodel and entrepreneur. Katherine O’Leary is a writer and producer.
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Let me start by stating what is good about this book. The binding: it doesn't have a paper cover, rather, the binding has some texture and her cover photo and back are printed on this binding. Eliminates having the paper cover tear-or-wear as the book is read and put on a bookshelf. Also, the paper quality is really good....somewhat "thick" pages that sometimes have you flipping 2 pages if you're not careful. Next: there are tons of photos in the book, many on one page. Photos that I don't remember seeing -- some are editorial that may not have been previously published. The photos are crisp and clear. There are also pages consisting of a montage of photos so you get many views of Cindy from her beginning years to the last years of her actual modeling career. And she does include many nude photos. For someone who is considering entering the modeling field, take note of this book and see how a real professional does her job. In addition, you will notice that she was not very thin during her career as compared to the stick figures we see today. I'm saying that in a good way because even Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Stephanie Seymour -- all had curves yet were still top models in Vogue and Bazaar.
There's some overkill in this book that, in my opinion prevented me from giving it a 5-star review. First of all, she has 11 chapters (YES, 11 chapters) each devoted to a photographer she worked with. Totally useless -- she could have put that information in 1-2 chapters at best. What would have been a good idea to include is a chapter or two on her experiences working the haute couture in Paris and Milan. She did plenty of those shows and how fun would it have been to read about the process, or the clothes, or what models have to endure working these shows. Nothing about that in the entire book. Also, although this could be considered a coffee table book, there are many, many pages that are not completely covered in verbiage. Most chapters end at 1/3 or 1/2 of the page which of course adds to the volume of the book.
Lastly, the book is really her memories of certain photo shoots - each given a chapter (K.D. Lang cover on Vanity Fair; or the shot of her with the python around her neck). This is not a how-to book; it's a trip down memory lane for Cindy -- perfect model with tons of money, perfect husband, perfect kids, perfect life. Other than 1 or 2 incidents that were sour (one was that the photographer Skrebneski shut her out of his life) this book is a Polyanna look at the modeling industry and Cindy Crawford. Nothing wrong with that but if you're thinking this is a meat-and-potatoes book, it's not. Lovely photos, some lovely stories --
She will always be my favorite model/supermodel. Happy for her she's had a long, fulfilling career.
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But all in all, great book.