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Children's Nonfiction Girls & Women

Strutting It!

The Grit Behind the Glamour

by (author) Jeanne Beker

Initial publish date
Feb 2011
Girls & Women, Careers, Values & Virtues
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2011
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 10 to 18
  • Grade: 5 to 12


Who wouldn’t want to wear gorgeous clothes, travel the world, hang out with stars, have adoring fans – and get paid a fortune for it? But is that what the life of a model is like?

World-famous fashion guru Jeanne Beker offers a unique insider’s look at the reality behind the glitz. She demystifies the industry for those who are thinking about a career in modeling and for those who simply want the scoop on an intriguing world. Strutting It! is full of fascinating information, from getting discovered to finding a personal style, from the team of people behind every model to the education a good model should have.

With a foreword by modeling superstar Coco Rocha, Strutting It! is packed with biographies of successful models, lots of black-and-white photos, and the great humor and common sense Jeanne Beker is known for.

About the author

Contributor Notes

Jeanne Beker is the host and segment producer of the internationally syndicated “FashionTelevision,” and style columnist for the Globe and Mail. She was editor-in-chief of FQ and SIR magazines, as well as being a celebrated judge for several seasons on “Canada’s Next Top Model.” In the fall of 2010, Jeanne launched her clothing line EDIT by Jeanne Beker at the Bay across Canada. She is the author of five books including The Big Night Out and Passion for Fashion. Jeanne Beker lives in Toronto.

Editorial Reviews

“…Jeanne has packed the book with information… And when it comes to passion, few people come close to Jeanne….”
– Editor’s letter, Flare Magazine
“…an indispensable guide for teens who want to earn a living working in fashion. …[T]his comprehensive guide [is] glamorous and captivating…”
– Best Books for Kids and Teens 2009, Arts and Poetry, The Canadian Children’s Book Centre
“…A must-have for budding fashionistas.”
School Library Journal

Librarian Reviews

Strutting It! The Grit Behind the Glamour

Fashion journalist Jeanne Beker has written a great guide to modelling for young women who are keen to find out more about this glamorous career. It takes a reader through the steps, from how to get discovered, to developing her own style, to learning the art and skills of the trade, to working with others.

Beker takes a very practical approach, complete with lots of real-world experiences. This is not a fluffy book, and she dispels the notion that modelling is, in fact, a glamorous life. Although there can be excitement and prestige, it is also very hard work and takes a great deal of stamina, discipline and dedication, as well as a certain body type and that hard-to-define “something.”

Throughout the book there are mini-biographies of notable models, and lots of stylish black-and-white photos.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Summer 2011. Volume 34 No. 3.

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