#ModelMonday: 5 Must-Read Books Written by Your Favorite Supermodels
I hope July treated you well. I want us to close out the month with some model education. Here are the top five books you should read to close out your summer. This list comes from Vanessa Helmer and is definitely filled with nothing less than gems.
It’s no secret that many top models lead double lives. When they aren’t strutting their stuff, they go to college, run charities, start businesses, teach yoga, mentor children, record singles, spend time with their little ones—the list goes on and on. But did you know that some models are also bestselling authors?
It’s true! Some of the world’s top models have taken the time out of their busy lives to share their thoughts on everything from life, love, and modeling to becoming a more beautiful person, both inside and out. Whether you read one or read them all, these books are sure to boost your confidence, give you valuable insight into the modeling industry, and help you become the best model you can be.
1. Coco Rocha - Study of Pose: 1000 Poses by Coco Rocha
Whether you’re an aspiring model or a runway regular, this incredible book is the one you need to get your hands on first. This ambitious collaboration with world-renowned photographer Steven Sebring features Coco Rocha doing what she does best: masterfully morphing her body into pose after pose after pose (1000 poses, to be exact). Each black and white photo features Coco dressed a simple white leotard—bending, jumping, sitting, standing, and everything in between—and the result is beautiful, arresting, and inspiring.
What’s more, the digital version of the book allows you to get an interactive, 360-degree view of each pose. With a swipe of the finger, you can rotate the pose, study each angle, and learn from the best!
2. Miranda Kerr - Treasure Yourself: Power Thoughts for My Generation
Supermodel Miranda Kerr has always loved to write, but it wasn’t until the death of her first boyfriend at age 16 that she realized how important it is to be the master of her own thoughts. Her debut book is a collection of thoughts, memories, and life lessons that are meant to put young girls everywhere on the path to self-improvement. It’s a down-to-earth book that will inspire readers to believe in themselves, have faith in their abilities, and accept who they are.
Don’t forget to check out Miranda’s follow up book, Empower Yourself. It’s along the same lines as the first book, but digs a little deeper. It offers even more personal insight on how to stay healthy and happy and how to find meaningful relationships and a career you love.
3. Cindy Crawford - Cindy Crawford’s Basic Face
An oldie, but a goodie! If there’s anyone who knows a thing or two about looking great, it’s one of the world’s first supermodels. And just like Cindy herself, this book transcends the test of time.
Basic Face was published in 1996 and sold itself on the fact that “in the '90s, women are too busy to spend a lot of time and fuss putting on makeup.” That’s still true today (even more true, actually), which is why Cindy’s DIY makeup tips are a must-read for anyone who wants to look their best in the least amount of time. She offers clear and concise tips on skin preparation, the tools you need to get started, and how to pull it all off to bring out your natural beauty.
4. Alek Wek - My Life from Sudanese Refugee to International Supermodel
Did you know that this internationally recognized beauty is also a former refugee? Born in Sudan, Alek was forced to flee the country with her family as a result of the civil war. She arrived in London at the age of 14 and was discovered a few years later, but her defining moments extend well beyond the runways of New York, Milan, Paris, and London.
My Life is the incredible and daring story of Alek’s rise from refugee to international supermodel. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, but most of all you’ll be inspired by this wonderful woman’s strength, courage, and determination.
5. Kate Moss - Kate: The Kate Moss Book
At 447 pages, this is the ultimate retrospective of all things Kate Moss. Written by the model herself, it traces her evolution from “new girl with potential” to one of the most iconic models of all time. The book includes many never-before-seen images from Kate’s career and personal life and also features many iconic photographs by Mario Testino, Patrick Demarchelier, Terry Richardson, Hedi Slimane, and other world-renowned photographers. The Kate Moss Book was released with 8 different covers, each representing a different era in her career, and will be shipped to customers at random.