Growing Up Beautiful by Lori Jones
In the summer of 1986, three young American women are chosen to join a modeling agency in Europe’s fashion capitol of Milan.
United as roommates by chance, Star, Joanne and Casey soon find their dreamed-of careers as models taking paths as different as their personalities.
Star, who leaves behind her waitress job along with a handful of crumpled up dollar tips, sees her beauty as a way move to the top of Milan’s social strata.
Joanne, raised in a privileged lifestyle, is expected to continue an Ivy League education, which doesn’t interest her as much as a young photographer she meets on a casting.
Casey is a naïve seventeen year old who is ready for adventure, even the dangerous kind.
Together, these three learn the funny, unexpected and sometimes ugly truths about growing up beautiful.
As someone who thought for sure she was destined for the runway as a little girl, I still love all things modeling, even though my height screeched to a halt at a mere 5’5. That didn’t stop me from entering pageants, modeling competitions, going on casting calls, and even though I’m sure my fantasy days about being a model are well over, I still enjoy shows such as America’s Next Top Model and learning about the industry. I was really excited to pick up Growing up Beautiful and get an idea of what life was like in the ‘80’s for fashion models. A great behind the scenes peek, and the pages are filled with insight, drama, betrayal and unlikely friendships, and I had such a fun time with this book. I think anyone with an interest for modeling will highly enjoy this book, and it’s an overall fun women’s read as well.