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Model by Cheryl Diamond
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Jun 28, 2008

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Cheryl Diamond's memoir, MODEL, offers readers a rare glimpse inside the modeling industry. In her teens, Diamond got a contract with an agency and moved out on her own to pursue a career in modeling. With her striking looks and natural blonde hair, she caught the attention of top designers and talent seekers, getting hired for photoshoots and runway shows most beginning models only dream of.

As glamorous as that sounds, Diamond isn't afraid to reveal the less appealing side of modeling. From the two days she spent without a home while waiting for her first payment, to the bullying agency managers and clients and the illicit activities her fellow models get caught up in, she makes it clear there's a lot more to modeling than standing in front of the camera. But Diamond was able to stay true to herself despite fears and temptations, and ultimately the story is one of survival and hope.

Anyone even a little curious about the modeling industry will find MODEL hard to put down. With Diamond's wry and humorous tone and her many exploits, it's as entertaining as it is informative. There's also much to admire in the fact that she managed to avoid the drug use, health issues, and nasty relationships that many of her co-workers fell victim to. A great voice, a great story, and a great message -- it all adds up to a great book.

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