A teenage girl in Barnsley loses her father to suicide in the early Sixties. A rock star tells her she could become a fashion model. She goes to London, is spotted in Bond Street by Helmut Newton who photographs her for Vogue and she travels the world earning a fortune and befriending the most extraordinary people of those incredible times. Meanwhile, her brother kills himself in her New York apartment and her mother dies soon after – she is alone, without a family, at the age of 23.
I was that girl. I lived that starlit life of glamour and I dwelt every day in that dark cave of bereavement until I learnt how to live and find happiness after suicide.
Each chapter takes place in a city where I worked, capturing close – and often hilarious– times spent with Andy Warhol, the Shah of Iran, Salvador Dali, the Beach Boys and many more iconic friends. It’s packed with my counter-culture fashion shots by the leading photographers of that era featuring the defiant, empowering fashions that followed the ‘wide-eyed waifs’ wearing mini-skirts.
Head Shot is not a one-dimensional fashionista rant, or a self-help misery memoir – it's the gripping journey through a life ripped apart by circumstance and rebuilt with hope, strength and love.
Let's open windows onto a still-hidden world. Because nothing matters more than life itself.
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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