A teenage girl from Barnsley, the Yorkshire mining town, is catapulted into the glossy pages of Vogue magazine and travels the world as a fashion model. During this era her father and brother take their own lives, and her Mum dies too – her entire family dead before she's 24 – while she smiles into cameras and freezes her pain. This book is about the lessons learnt from suicide bereavement, how it affected relationships and how I, that teenager in the late-Sixties, learnt to live and love again.
Each chapter takes place in an international city where I worked, capturing the time I spent with the Shah of Iran, Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, the Beach Boys and many more iconic friends. It’s packed with shots by leading fashion photographers of the era including Helmut Newton, Arthur Elgort and the young Stones' photographer, Michael Cooper (who also took his own life at the age of 31), and features the defiant, empowering fashions that superseded the mid-60s wide-eyed waifs in mini-skirts.
Yet this book is not a one-dimensional fashionista rant, or a self-help misery memoir – it's the gripping encounter of a life ripped apart by circumstance and rebuilt with hope, awareness and love. Bags and shoes do sit right next to life and death. Because real life does not always fit in one box.
The first week's pledges are in and, thanks to my loyal supporters, the Head Shot campaign is already 7% funded! With your help to share and spread the word, readers can discover how two extremes collided whilst I travelled the world as a model and my entire family died. Surviving suicide bereavement is a tall order but pain is a debt that can be paid off by time and lessons learnt. Head Shot is…
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