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THIS YEAR'S MODEL: FASHION, MEDIA AND THE MAKING OF GLAMOUR. Elizabeth A. Wissinger. New York University Press, 2015. 372 pp. with 41 ills. 24 x 17 cm. ISBN 9780814794180 In English.
Paperbound edition also available; see Worldwide 168792. Publisher's description: 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.'
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Post-1945 — Costume/Fashion
Plans: 71,30
Worldwide Number: 168791
Hardcover $89.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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