How to Dress a Dummy: Cassie Lane and life as an international model

How to Dress a Dummy: Cassie Lane and life as an international model

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‘I was indoctrinated by the idea that if a woman is beautiful she is all-powerful . . .’ – Cassie Lane, Better Reading Podcast

In this podcast, Cassie Lane reveals her turbulent experience of living the high life as an international model. With candour, she confesses many of the darker aspects of the job: objectification, body-shaming, and the ease of being swept up in LA’s recreational party drug life.

Her memoir is called How to Dress a Dummy and it documents the many versions of herself that Cassie sped through before finally becoming disenchanted with the pressures of her industry. The result? An entertaining, incisive, and funny book that is completed by bold feminist ideals.

‘Hilarious and revealing, this darkly comic take on life in the fashion industry will leave you howling with both laughter and tears. A book about artifice that deftly manages to be so much more. Cassie Lane is a bold new voice.‘ – Clementine Ford.

Podcast guest: Cassie Lane 

Cassie Lane is a writer and former model who has worked extensively around the world since being scouted in Italy at the age of sixteen. Returning to Melbourne after living in LA for nearly three years, she quit modelling and began studying psychology and communications. She has since gone on to complete a Master of Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne. Cassie now works as a content writer. How to Dress a Dummy is her first book.

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                      Synopsis

                      They loved each other, but in a stealing-Christmas-trees-together kind of way. For as long as she remembers she wanted to be somebody else. Miraculously, aged 16, her prayers were answered and she got boobs. Great boobs! And a body that would make Hugh Hefner blush. She went from awkward, gawky bogan to international model, jet-setting around the world and hanging out with A-listers in LA. But the dream turns into a nightmare; and when she resists the exploitation of the industry the is shunned. Cassie’s health suffers and her life spirals.She returns to Australia to find herself. She enrolls in university and starts dating someone who becomes a famous footballer. She attends the Brownlow and refuses a Collingwood alpha female’s invitation to do cocaine and finds herself declared ‘the worst dressed at the Brownlow’ by the Herald Sun (while the best dressed by Mx). Suddenly the media is full of scathing commentary commenting about the way she looks, everything from the size of her lips to her hair and dress. She is labelled a slut, a skank and a stripper. Her famous footballing partner has become abusive and she ends the relationship. His form suffers and staff from Collingwood call her and pressurises her into getting back with him. She yearns for an ordinary life; she finishes university and starts looking for entry-level jobs despite being in her late 20's.Cassie eventually comes full circle and realises that beauty is not about a symmetrical face or a 24-inch waist but it actually thrives in the imperfect and vulnerable. She learns to accept herself, and see how a woman should be.
                      Cassie Lane
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                      Cassie Lane

                      Cassie Lane is a writer and former model who has worked extensively around the world since being scouted in Italy at the age of sixteen. Returning to Melbourne after living in LA for nearly three years, she quit modelling and began studying psychology and communications. She has since gone on to complete a Master of Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne. Cassie now works as a content writer. How to Dress a Dummy is her first book.

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                      1. Miriam Kelsey says:

                        Wow, I am half way through this amazing book. I haven’t laughed so much in a long while. I laughed so histerically, I scared my poor cat!!!