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How does a Vogue model confront a double family suicide and live a normal life?

A teenage girl from Barnsley loses her father to suicide in the early 1960’s. A rock star tells her she could be a fashion model, then Helmut Newton spots her in London’s Bond Street and photographs her for Vogue. Travelling the world, earning a fortune and befriending the most extraordinary people of those times, she’s shattered again when her brother takes his life in her New York apartment and her mother dies. Suddenly at 23, she has no home and no family.

I was that girl. I lived that frenetic star-lit life of glamour at the same time as hiding in a frozen cave of bewildered bereavement until I learnt how to find the sun again.

Each chapter takes place in a city where I worked, capturing far-out times spent with Andy Warhol, the Shah of Iran, Salvador Dali, the Beach Boys and many more iconic friends. Packed with rarely seen counterculture images by the leading photographers of that era, the book shows off the defiant empowering fashions that came after ‘wide-eyed waifs’ in mini-skirts.

This is not a one-dimensional fashionista rant or a ‘poor me’ memoir. It is a tour de force romp through a life ripped apart by circumstance and rebuilt with hope, acceptance and a love of life.

HEAD SHOT is a book of purpose that tackles the sensitive subject of suicide bereavement in a fresh way – to inform, help, inspire and possibly save future precious lives. Because nothing matters more than life itself.

 

Victoria Nixon is the Co-founder and Managing Director of AirCell Structures Ltd, a British company which designs and manufactures humanitarian aid products used worldwide.
Born and educated in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, she was 18 when discovered by the late Helmut Newton, who photographed her for Vogue. This launched her international modelling career as Vikki Nixon in the late Sixties. She became an award-winning advertising copywriter, television producer, magazine editor and author. In the Nineties, she opened a London deli specialising in healthy fresh food – the first in the UK to ban all plastic packaging.
Her first book, Supermodels' Beauty Secrets, was published in 2002 and nominated 'Best Beauty Book' by the Daily Mail in 2010. Her second book, Supermodels' Diet Secrets, was published in 2004.

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Thursday, 3 May 2018

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Wow – Head Shot is 70% on its way to being published! On the home stretch now thanks to the fabulous pledgers who’ve so generously supported this book.  Please keep spreading the word on Social Media and your personal networks and let’s all raise awareness that lives affected by suicide CAN find happiness again. I know I was there for each chapter of this life:

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Thursday, 15 February 2018

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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