By Jessica Shaw
Updated April 28, 1995 at 04:00 AM EDT

Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women

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Our world, fashion, is a very gentle one,” notes Eileen Ford, the grande dame of the modeling business, on page 113 of Michael Gross’ Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women (Morrow). That’s what she thinks. Gross’ scandalous tome goes on to uncover enough seedy underbelly in the land of high cheekbones to fill a David Lynch movie-498 pages, to be exact, of statutory rapes, cocaine fests, and backstabbing, backstabbing, and more backstabbing. Among the notable numbers: Number of models who admit to gorging on diet pills: 4 Number of featured models who abused drugs: 17 Number of models who attempted suicide: 3 Number of models convicted of murder: 1 Number of models, according to Gross, that industry guru John Casablancas admits to have bedded: ”Countless.” Age of model Aline Wermelinger when she married the 50- year-old Casablancas in 1993: 17 Number of times Naomi Campbell is insulted by friends and associates: 6 Number of times Christy Turlington bad-mouths her best friends, Campbell and Linda Evangelista: 5 Number of models linked to Mick Jagger: 5 Number of people who refused to be interviewed for the book: 23 Amount of supermodel Dorian Leigh’s 1949 Revlon contract: $250 Amount of Claudia Schiffer’s 1993 Revlon contract: $6 million Number of days per year Evangelista admits to thanking God for her looks: 365

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