Susan Moncur They Still Shoot Models My Age

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They Still Shoot Models My Age

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In 1969, at a bus stop, Susan Moncur is recruited by Eileen Ford, who runs New York's most prestigious modelling agency. The next year she moves to Paris. Photographed by David Bailey, Sarah Moon, Helmut Newton, Serge Lutens, Gian Paolo Barbieri, Norman Parkinson and many others, Susan Moncur becomes one of the top fashion models of the decade. In 1983, her son, James is born and Susan Moncur very quickly discovers that, now as 'thirty-four year old model with child', she is no longer a hot property.
Exposing and self-exposing, They Still Shoot Models My Age captures the precariousness of a profession desperate for young, new faces.

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Susan Moncur was born in Detroit in 1949. In 1970 she moved to Paris, where she still lives, and over the years became a top fashion model photographed by Sarah Moon, Helmut Newton, Gian Paolo Barbieri, Francois Lamy, and David Bailey amongst others. Her reign at the top lasted fifteen years, an exceptionally long time in a business that is always consuming the new and discarding the old. Since 'retiring', Susan Moncur has become a successful journalist and actress.

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Towards the beginning of this unfocused, voyeuristically appealing autobiography, model Moncur wonders "Why do I crave to spread out like jelly on bread, so everyone can see everything?" That question is never fully answered, but Moncur certainly does reveal all. Her tales of jetting from country to country lose some of their glamour when the gritty details are laid bare: the endless hours spent in uncomfortable positions, the abuse suffered from photographers (David Bailey calls all his subjects "rat-face") and the relationship of faux intimacy laced with jealousy that models have with each other. The anecdotes about the start of her career are the most significant, but her feelings of inadequacy and embarrassment when her father enrolled her in a department store modeling contest are recounted in the same undisciplined style as her being cancelled from an Armani show. Moncur's observations that modeling has kept her from learning practical skills and the fact that she would rather be with her young son are generally believable, but she sometimes loses credibility, as when she claims, while modeling a fur coat and sweating, that she would "rather wash floors."
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