“Elizabeth Wissinger has produced a really interesting and very timely book on fashion modeling that clearly and insightfully dissects the industry practices since its early developments in the twentieth century to the present day. This is very valuable book; a pleasure to read.”
—Joanne Entwistle, author of The Fashioned Body: Fashion, Dress, and Modern Social Theory
"In a thoroughly fresh analysis, Wissinger uses the fashion model as a lens to theorize changing intersections of technology and the body. With an eye for rich ethnographic detail, she takes us inside the world of modeling and skillfully back out again into the macro historical changes in embodiment and technology that modeling exemplifies. This Year’s Model delivers a rich and troubling history of how we have all come to manage ourselves as brands.It’s the kind of book that will change how you think about your own body’s place in our high-tech world.”
—Ashley Mears, author of Pricing Beauty: The Making of a Fashion Model
“In a sympathetic yet critical view of the labor of glamour, Wissinger presents rich ethnographic work augmented with interviews and the close integration of media and press materials on the historical trajectory of the modeling and fashion industry from the mid-1980s through the present.”
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