Models of Influence: 50 Women Who Reset the Course of Fashion {Book Review}

Photography is all about intent, interpretation, and storytelling.  A photograph can tell a story with a million words without saying… or writing… a single one. Imagery can transport us back in time and help us discover the world around  us.

Sometimes its just a simple photograph that can tell you the story of your past and your present. Nigel Barker on his new book “Models of Influence: 50 Women Who Reset the Course of Fashion” gives us a glimpse of our past and our future of fashion, fashion photography, and the 50 models who made the greatest impact in the world of fashion.

But this book is more than just about the 50 women who reset the course of fashion.  This book is a time capsule… This book transports us to the time of each model, giving us insight not only into the life of the model, but insight into the culture, the fashion, and the political and social world surrounding them.

Nigel Barker, a man who really needs no introduction, is an internationally renowned fashion photographer, former model, author, filmmaker, a tv personality known for his time on America’s Next Top Model. as a photographer and judge. As well as, a host alongside Naomi Campbell on “The Face,” and the creator of his own show on VH1, “The Shot.”
But whether Nigel Barker is behind the camera or in front of the camera, he never forgets to pay homage to his humble beginnings by giving back to the world my using his own celebrity influence. Whether he is advocating for EGPAG (Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation), campaigning for gender equality with HeForShe, or being a champion for GirlUp an innovative campaign for the United Nations Foundation, or campaigning for FTBC (Fashion Targets Breast Cancer) …Nigel Barker is definitely a Model of Influence. Model of Influence being the definitive word, the book “Model of Influence: 50 Women Who Reset the Course of Fashion” definitely teaches us the definition of beauty…And it doesn’t start with clothes, makeup, a certain size, color, or shape. This book is without a doubt…A Must Read.

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About the Writer Nerisa Eugenia Waterman

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Radio Co-Host for I-Netradio: (1) Author Interview and Book Review Series (2) Cooking with Nerisa (3) The Buddha Beat and (4) Current Affairs. I’m also a Foodie, Nichiren Buddhist, Fashionista, CookBook Reviewer, Book Blogger, Wine lover, and Coffee drinker who loves to travel the World. Check out my other blogs The Book Blog And Etc.Cooking and Fashion Blog…. And follow me on Goodreads.

About the Author Nigel Barker

Nigel BarkerNigel Barker‘s presence in the fashion, beauty and entertainment industries has resulted in an array of exciting projects including films, commercials, spokesperson roles, his first book, photographic exhibitions, international editorial assignments and the creation of his own show, The Shot on VH1.
His directorial debut was a highly acclaimed documentary that he also produced called, “A Sealed Fate?” followed by, Generation Free and Haiti: Hunger and Hope, which partner with respective charities: The Humane Society of the United States, The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and the Edeyo Foundation, to highlight some of our world’s most pressing issues. Additionally, Barker is a celebrity ambassador for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Do Something organization and campaign shooter for Fashion Targets Breast Cancer.
Barker’s unique positioning as photographer, filmmaker, author and father has secured him highly successful spokesperson positions for prominent brands including, Microsoft, Sony, Crest White Strips and Nine West. Nigel appears alongside Justin Timberlake and Peyton Manning in Sony’s 2010 national ad campaign. In addition, he has lent his personality to television and feature film cameos, event hosting and presenting. Nigel appeared as a celebrity judge for the 2008 Miss America Pageant and had cameo roles on several TV series including, The Young & The Restless, Privileged, Stylista, Style Her Famous and Ugly Betty as well as a cameo role in the not yet released feature film, Arthur (2011) with Jennifer Garner, Russell Brand, Nick Nolte and Helen Miren. And, he has hosted and presented for many events including 2007, 2008 and 2010 Emmys on Fox, the 2008 and 2009 Go Green galas in New York and the Genesis Awards.
Barker authored his first and much anticipated book, Nigel Barker’s Beauty Equation: Revealing a Better and More Beautiful You. The book guides the reader through a series of self-portrait and journaling challenges, which help the reader to discover their inner beauty by building confidence and self-esteem and in turn, enhance their outer beauty.
Nigel Barker lives in New York City with his wife, Cristen and their two children Jack and Jasmine.

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