This is the book that Madonna's Sex should have been: provocative, sexy, and tactilely satisfying to flip through. Part memoir, part tongue-in-cheek how-to, and part ode to models, stylists, and designers, Arthur Elgort's Models Manual is a deeply hip peek inside the fashion industry. Elgort, 54, has been snapping pix since 1969, and he has crammed hundreds of photos into this 384-page book, along with quotes, recollections, and interviews.
Elgort, who works mainly for Vogue, has seen lots of models come and go. ''Magazines get yellow and thrown away, and [the models] get replaced by new ones,'' he says. ''I always [tell them] to save money, take half and hide it away.'' Among his favorites: Christy Turlington and Kate Moss (''They say she's done this terrible thing to American women, and she doesn't eat... She eats a lot''). These days, however, Elgort doesn't dine out with many of his subjects. ''I don't socialize with the models the way I used to,'' he says. ''Now I socialize with my 8-year-old.''