This year's model : fashion, media, and the making of glamour (Book, 2015) [WorldCat.org]
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This year's model : fashion, media, and the making of glamour

Author: Elizabeth Wissinger
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Over the last four decades, the fashion modeling industry has become a lightning rod for debates about Western beauty ideals, the sexual objectification of women, and consumer desire. Yet, fashion models still captivate, embodying all that is cool, glam, hip, and desirable. They are a fixture in tabloids, magazines, fashion blogs, and television. Why exactly are models so appealing? And how do these women succeed in  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Wissinger
ISBN: 9780814794180 0814794181 9781479864775 1479864773
OCLC Number: 906010885
Description: xviii, 353 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction : Glamour labor --
Supermodels of the world : living the life --
The runway : step into the room like it's a catwalk --
The photo shoot : strike a pose --
There's nothing to it --
Cover girl : managing the model body --
The fashionable ideal : looking like a model --
The job : nice work if you can get it --
Scouting : the hunger for new faces --
Black-black-black : how race is read --
Touch-ups : making the model better --
Conclusion : the affective turn --
Appendix: A chronology of modeling in the media, 1980-2010.
Responsibility: Elizabeth A. Wissinger.

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Over the last four decades, the fashion modeling industry has become a lightning rod for debates about Western beauty ideals, the sexual objectification of women, and consumer desire. Yet, fashion models still captivate, embodying all that is cool, glam, hip, and desirable. They are a fixture in tabloids, magazines, fashion blogs, and television. Why exactly are models so appealing? And how do these women succeed in so soundly holding our attention? In This Year's Model, Elizabeth Wissinger weaves together in-depth interviews and research at model castings, photo shoots, and runway shows to offer a glimpse into the life of the model throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. Once an ad hoc occupation, the "model life" now involves a great deal of physical and virtual management of the body, or what Wissinger terms "glamour labor." Wissinger argues that glamour labor-the specialized modeling work of self-styling, crafting a 'look,' and building an image-has been amplified by the rise of digital media, as new technologies make tinkering with the body's form and image easy. Models can now present self-fashioning, self-surveillance, and self-branding as essential behaviors for anyone who is truly in the know and 'in fashion.' Countless regular people make it their mission to achieve this ideal, not realizing that technology is key to creating the unattainable standard of beauty the model upholds-and as Wissinger argues, this has been the case for decades, before Photoshop even existed. Both a vividly illustrated historical survey and an incisive critique of fashion media, This Year's Model demonstrates the lasting cultural influence of this unique form of embodied labor.

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In a thoroughly fresh analysis, Wissinger uses the fashion model as a lens to theorize changing intersections of technology and the body. With an eye for rich ethnographic detail, she takes us Read more...

 
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