There has been talk of the supermodel's demise in recent days but many still insist that the show will definitely go on. The latest is Sandra Morris' Catwalk: Inside the World of the Supermodels (Weidenfeld & Nicolson $165), a glossy tribute to Cindy, Naomi, Claudia et al. The jacket flap gives an indication of the treatment that women, such as Trish Goff above, receive. It proclaims the supermodels 'the most mega of megastars'. Morris, a former model, used to work for British Elle and is now the owner of a modelling agency in London. The glowing prose continues in her introduction, where she suggests that supermodels have 'eclipsed pop stars and movie stars as today's modern icons'. The birth of the supermodel is traced back to 1988 when Linda Evangelista and Cindy Crawford 'exploded on to the circuit'. Shortly after, Evangelista, Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell - known as 'the Trinity' - became 'the most sought after trio on the planet, who would pose, parade and hang out together'.
There are 95 pages of photographs together with mini-profiles of the supermodels and the major names in fashion who work with them. There are short sections on designers and photographers and a brief excursion into the world of male modelling. Those contemplating a career in the business need to be about 14, skinny, and able to juggle swotting for exams with make-up sessions, judging by the newest members of the business, such as Jodie Kidd. For magazines, modelling agencies and those with an interest in this most mercurial of trades, the book will provide entertaining, if light, reading