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Cassie Lane is a bold new voice. This darkly comic take on life in the fashion industry will leave you howling with both laughter and tears.

CLEMENTINE FORD

How to Dress a Dummy

 

How to Dress a Dummy (Affirm Press, 2017) is a funny, candid memoir about my experiences working as an international model as well as a covert device to spread feminist propaganda and brainwash the masses, or, a “feminist commentary on the beauty industry”.

 

A coming-of-age tale following my transformation from bogan misfit to international model, this sometimes cringe-worthy and often hilarious story follows my journey, traipsing around the world, being (inexplicably) allowed in to fancy soirees and partying with the rich and famous, as I grapple to find a version of myself I actually like.

 

On a deeper level, I explore the many ways women are taught to internalise sexism. Persuaded, as so many of us are, by the mainstream media to believe that we’re not enough. Full disclosure: I also write about pubic hair and farting an unnecessary amount.

Praise

‘Lane’s revealing memoir recounts the sexism, objectification, and depersonalisation she encountered working in the fashion industry. (…) It is a thoroughly engaging book, and suggests that in future we should expect more great writing from Cassie Lane.’ HER CANBERRA...

  Steven Carroll How to Dress a Dummy, by Cassie Lane. Photo: Supplied How to Dress a Dummy Cassie Lane Affirm Press $29.99 There’s a scene in  Frederic​ Raphael’s The Glittering Prizeswhen a film producer suggests a film about the emptiness of modern glamour, sex and decadence.......

‘Written with wry humour, quirky attention to detail, and a sharp eye for character, Cassie’s story rockets along and provides readers with a whole cast of both comical and heart-breaking insights into the world of the high-end model. Brave, funny and unselfconscious.’ JULIENNE VAN LOON,......

‘A hilarious, insightful and occasionally enraging journey through the world of international modelling. Cassie Lane’s story is at once a hedonistic rampage that would put Hunter S. Thompson to shame, and a sweet, thoughtful meditation on beauty, self-esteem, and self-acceptance – a unique memoir from......

  SARAH BIGGERSTAFF “LIKE MOST MEMOIRS, HOW TO DRESS A DUMMY IS A NARRATIVE OF AN INDIVIDUAL’S PATH TO SELF-DISCOVERY AND ACCEPTANCE.” I think sometimes even women who identify as feminists are occasionally guilty of making assumptions about other women, especially those in the public eye, based......

‘Raucously funny, brave and honest, Cassie Lane offers an insider’s guide to the ugly-beautiful world of modelling. There’s sex, drugs and juicy Hollywood gossip. But any woman will identify with her struggles to accept and celebrate the way she looks, while trying to be taken......

For as long as she could remember, Cassie Lane yearned to be somebody else. Not only was she socially awkward, she was odd-looking and her dysfunctional family were the type of people who bonded over stealing their Christmas tree every year.

 

Miraculously, at sixteen, Cassie’s prayers were answered and she got boobs – big ones! Suddenly the centre of attention, she went from gawky bogan to international model, strutting catwalks from Milan to LA. But beneath the gloss she discovered a world of exploitation, where living off your looks can attract as much scorn as admiration. Her search for a version of herself she could actually like took her from Hollywood parties, to an island ashram, and reluctantly back into the spotlight as an AFL ‘WAG’, a position where one wrong step can get you labelled a ‘slut’, ‘skank’ and ‘stripper’.

 

In time the gawky bogan came full circle, and Cassie grew to understand that beauty is not about high cheekbones or a 24-inch waist. True beauty is found in the imperfect and vulnerable.

 

How to Dress a Dummy casts an unwavering eye at the myriad ways in which women are taught that they’re not enough. Smart, frank and very, very funny, Cassie’s is a bold new feminist voice.