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  • Hardcover: 396 pages
  • Publisher: AMMO Books LLC; Ill edition (1 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934429163
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934429167
  • Product Dimensions: 28.9 x 3.7 x 28.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 280,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Combining her love of pin-up photography, music and art with personal ideals of female empowerment nurtured in DIY culture, Missy founded SuicideGirls as a place where a woman can be herself and where her confidence, creativity and uniqueness are what defines her. While it is true that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, Missy found the camera lens of mainstream media a bit myopic for her taste. SuicideGirls began and has grown from a desire to expand mainstream culture's definition of what is beautiful, and to show that it can be realized in a more diverse range of women than those who grace the pages of most fashion magazines and movie posters. What started for Missy as personal expression has now become a revolution.

Raised in Portland, Oregon in what could be described as an eclectic and artistic environment, Missy combines her traditional fine arts training with new media business acumen in the operation of SuicideGirls. In addition, Missy continues to photograph women for the site. Her photography focuses on depicting how each model feels sexiest about themselves in the photos and has inspired a generation of young women to embrace their bodies and showcase their confidence.

Since launching SuicideGirls, Missy has become a voice for the culture on sexuality outside of what mainstream media is reporting. She has been interviewed on issues relating to music, the Internet, pop culture and body image on numerous radio stations and in publications such as the New York Times, Wired, Spin and Elle. Recently featured as one of the top "12 Sexiest Jobs in Hollywood" and the "20 Sexiest Jobs on the Web", Missy has appeared on HBO, Fox News, the new hit series "CSI: NY" on CBS, as well as the two SuicideGirls movies in constant rotation on Showtime. She hosts a weekly SuicideGirls talk radio show on LA's Indie 103.1 and was recently chosen to model as part of peta2's 2008 "Ink, Not Mink" celebrity, anti-fur ad campaign.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bex on 12 April 2012
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I was more than impressed with this book when I recieved it. I didnt really know what I was expecting but it sure out did it. Its a good size with amazing photos. It couldnt get any better!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shropshire Lass on 13 Feb. 2013
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I've heard people describe the Suicide Girl cult as 'feminist porn', a point of view which many feminists, myself included, would not entirely subscribe to and as for 'beauty redefined', the jury's out there as well.

The book starts out by proclaiming itself as a challenge to mainstream 'cookie cutter' ideals of beauty but to be honest, parading exactly the same body type, page after page, and then proclaiming it challenging just because of a few edgy poses, piercings, tattoos and the odd pair of big boots (that's BOOTS) isn't what I would call redefining anything - especially not when the body type in question is hardly distinguishable from that peddled by the mainstream anyway. At least there was more than a hint of pubic hair, which is unusual in our depilated age, but it's not exactly what you'd call diverse.

If you're thinking of buying this book for the 'aesthetic experience', then I'd recommend it. The shots and settings are both stylish and sexual, despite becoming a bit repetitive after a while (there's also some stunning tattoo work that's well worth a look). But if the book's title has led you to believe that you will be treated to a variety of body shapes and sizes, then don't bother. It's pert and skinny all the way I'm afraid, which becomes both tedious and incongruous with the claims that the book makes for itself.

Overall, I was disappointed with this book. I liked some of the aesthetic elements and can't help but admit that some of them really rang my bell but I had expected so much more diversity that I ended up feeling a bit cheated. In fact, despite it's ambitious title this book does not redefine beauty, rather, it provides a way for 'kooky erotic' to appear acceptable on bourgeois coffee tables.
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By C Lefering on 30 Nov. 2012
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Fan of Suicide Girls since 2001, After all decided to buy this book because Me and my Girl loves them!
Amazing quality book hard covered and really heavy weight Also love the prints and beveled logo / text on the hardcover!
Love it! Thanks Missy Suicide for amazing book!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. J. Crompton on 6 Jan. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Fantasticly Lush book. Really impressed with the size and quality and over all feel of the book. Awesome photos printed on top notch paper.
BUY BUY BUY!
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This could quite possibly be the greatest coffee table book I have ever bought. The quality is top notch and if you're tired of the same orange skinned airbrushed airheads - this is definitely for you.
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By kieran61 on 3 Jun. 2011
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This is an incredible book, the photography is to a high standard and the models are stunning.
a great addition to the "coffee table" collection at home, allot of my friends love it.
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