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Pricing Beauty: The Making of a Fashion Model Paperback – September 14, 2011
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Mears’s winning formula: combine deep inside knowledge of the fashion business, based on intensive observation, with useful sociological ideas, and present the result in readable, witty and incisive prose. I learned a lot and you will too.” Howard S. Becker, author of Art Worlds
Ashley Mears shows us beauty is not in the eyes of the beholder but in the complex ensemble of organizational imperatives, social networking, and critical timing. She reverses stereotypes of gender pay, sexuality, and the making of markets. It is a first-hand analysis that does not let up in its page-turning intelligence and unremitting clarity.” Harvey Molotch, Professor of Metropolitan Studies, New York University
"Pricing Beauty is a a courageous and provocative book. Mears takes us behind the curtain of high-stakes fashion. Drawing on her own experiences as a model, Mears uncovers the far less glamorous side of the industry, one that few of us will ever see. This is sociology at its finest: thoughtful analysis, great storytelling and an empathetic perspective on the lives of so many who pursue their dreams, only to find a few nightmares along the way. A must read for anyone interested in understanding how celebrity is made." Sudhir Venkatesh, author of Gang Leader for a Day
"This book is a pleasure to readan entertaining, well-written and sophisticated analysis. I strongly recommend it to anyone interested in the intersection of aesthetics, gender, and labor.” Debra Gimlin, author of Body Work
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Her contribution is monumental in giving a serious study of a field dismissed by the larger society as frivolous and light. To the contrary, there is a great deal of ingenuity, creativity, and buisness within contemporary fashion.
Ashley Mears is a wonderful author, sociologist, and overall curious perspective individual.