A 1970s supermodel discusses her pioneering but turbulent career, covering such topics as her interactions with fellow celebrities, experiences with top fashion contributors, and struggles with drugs and alcohol.
She has certainly lead a remarkable life, escaping an abusive childhood home to light the way in the absurdly glamorous and destructive world of high fashion in the 70s and 80s. Inhabiting a precarious world of ridiculous excess, Dickinson threw herself into everything with almost frenzied dedication, resulting in a trail-blazing career in modelling, numerous high-profile train-wreck relationships and the obligatory coke'n'booze addictions.
She is, as another reviewer observed, irritating at times. But on the whole this autobiography offers a mile-a-minute ride with numerous laughs, and moments which are cringe-inducing and sometimes unexpectedly touching.
Dickinson's story moves at lightening speed, from boyfriend to boyfriend, designer to designer. Sometimes it's hard to keep track, which I suppose is perfectly apt - as this writing style mimics the very speed and pace that her career and life travelled at at that time. From the glamourous foreign locations to the heady excess of Studio 54, Janice paints a fantasty world of almost ludicrous proportions. Except that it's not a fantasy world at all - it all happened, and Janice recalls each event with glorious detail and candour. Her honesty and confidence is very refreshing, making such a nice change from the usual sychophantic memiors that fill the shelves.
My only complaint is with the last section of the book, covering the 1990s. Janice is very vague and seems to completetly rush throught these years, with major marriages and realtionships over and done with in a matter of pages. But hey, who really cares about those years anyway? We all what to read about Janice in her prime, in the 70s and 80s, when cocaine and platform shoes were practically a legal requirement.
Some may find Dickinson too much to take (she is a tad irritating at times), but I can forgive her for it, because she makes up for it with her brutal honesty and humour.
A must read
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