You Can Be America’s Next Top Model

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Submitter:  Just look at the cover. What the heck is she wearing? And what’s up with her hair? Is this high fashion? Was it high fashion in 1991? I have memory lapses at times but I sure don’t remember anything like this. I can’t believe that this was checked out as recent as April of this year. Is that Johnny Depp on page 12? And those kids on page 16? Check out the caption on page 9 which by the way is a terrible picture (irony?): “Modeling agencies look for females who wear size ten or twelve clothes.” That’s considered plus size now.

Holly: I definitely would have guessed 1980s on the publication date.  Didn’t the grunge phase start in the early 90s?  This book is hilarious.  My guess is that whoever checked it out in April took it to school to crack up his/her friends.  Or is planning a costume for Halloween.  Or has no fashion sense whatsoever and thinks this might be the answer to that problem.  (If that’s the case, they’re probably in worse shape after reading the book!)  Maybe they meant children’s or juniors size 10 or 12??

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  1. I would have thought 1980’s as well. They all look like they escaped from “The Cosby Show”. And if the kids on page 16 are “the kids next door,” I’m moving! That girl looks downright EVIL.

  2. Good grief. I don’t remember seeing any of those clothes on real people in the late ’80’s or early ’90’s. In fact, I don’t remember seeing them at all! Eew. And Nemeh Cherry? Who???

  3. As is always the problem with any book on fashion, by the time all of the writing, editing, and printing is complete, the styles have usually moved on. Seriously, the internet has rendered the need for these tomes obsolete. Unless one wishes a historical reference to late-80’s clothing styles, toss it.

  4. That shirt featured on page 28 is hideous. I have no fashion sense what so ever and I wouldn’t even wear it. I don’t know who Nema Cherry is but at least the clothes she’s wearing in that picture look decent enough.

  5. That’s Neneh Cherry, still active. She looks a lot different now!

    We’ve got this book in our historical costumes area.

  6. Hold on everybody… This is not high fashion? I just stopped poppin’ my collar and wearing piano ties. Boy am I behind on the times.

  7. Kathy, you are right that size 10 or 12 was smaller back then, and the trend was for models to be a bit curvier rather than super-thin. However, I wore a 10 or a 12 myself, and no way would I have been considered thin enough for modeling, even by the standards of the day!

  8. The size 10/12 reference jumps out – wonder if the writer was British. Looking at the wording, some of it seems to fit in with that idea…

  9. I think the 10/12 size refers to British, which would be a modern US 6. In the early 1990s I was invited to submit a portfolio for an ad agency based on a TV appearance. At the time I was a US size four or six, and the agent started sounding a little dubious, even though it would NOT be fashion shots. I opted not to submit the portfolio because 1) I was more interested in finishing college and 2) it would have cost a chunk of change that I didn’t have.

  10. British size 10/12 would be the most obvious conclusion, yet “modelling” is spelt with one L = American. Perhaps they adapted a UK book for the American market and made a rather large error in the process.

    (Terrifyingly, even UK 12 [US 8] is considered plus size now.)

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