A Model Summer – Paulina Porizkova

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Remember that awesome comedy called “Her Alibi” with Tom Selleck and Paulina Porizkova? I was quite young when I watched it and I remember how Beautiful Paulina was – I’m sure she was part of the Kate, Naoimi and Cindy crew. I often wondered what had happened to her. Well it turns out her model career came to a complete halt and ever since then she has not stopped complaining about not being a model.

I do say I feel a bit sorry for her- can’t be too good to see your pals still looking fab in editorials and perfume adds. Porizkova started blogging for Modelinia.com where she often NAMES AND SHAMES stars that have had  plastic surgery as well as constantly criticizing the model industry.

Paulina has also written a book about her life as a model starting in Paris at age 15 – got very mixed reviews but could be interesting.

Frankly I think her vibe is quite funny…

From Publishers Weekly

Set in 1980, this smooth, predictable first novel by model, actress and children’s book author Porizkova tells the story of Jirina, who arrives in Paris a beautiful 15-year-old aspiring model. A Swede of Czech background, Jirina escapes teasing classmates when she’s discovered and shipped off to a well-known modeling agency. Leaving behind divorced, unsympathetic parents and a beloved little sister, Jirina moves into the apartment of agency head Jean-Claude; his depressed ex-model wife, Marina; their neglected baby daughter; and another Swedish teen model. As household tensions rise, Jirina strikes out on her own, befriending the famous model Evalinda (also from Sweden), a gay makeup artist and a rich, cultured man who worships her—all while nursing a crush on a dashing Australian photographer. Jirina slowly gains confidence; meanwhile, those around her abuse drugs, have abortions, attempt suicide, get gay-bashed and die tragically. Jirina loses her virginity, finds disappointment in love and learns to use sex to forward her career. Her drive is palpable and her voice believable, but Jirina isn’t much fun (others, bien sûr, are downright mean), and you can see the plot points coming from way down the runway. Too many loose ends make for an unsatisfying finale. (Apr.)


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