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How does it feel to be a Vogue model with the world at your feet, confronting a double family suicide and fighting for your life?

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.


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, 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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