Unzipped: Chronicles of a Fashion Fit Model
Darlene Parris Young’s journey from frightened single mom to extremely popular international fashion fit model, is one that unrolls cinematically through highs and lows while Darlene learns to become a voice instead of a victim.
In Unzipped: Chronicles of a Fashion Fit Model, Darlene Parris Young takes the reader into the world of the fashion fit model who is well paid to stand still for hours as clothes are pinned and tucked to fit her curves; mimic dancing, exercising, stretching, squatting and lifting children while dressed in miniskirts or blue jeans; or walk down the runway dressed in glamorous clothes that flatter more than function.
She also takes the reader into her private life as she recalls the powerlessness she felt behind closed doors, enduring beatings, emotional abuse, and rape, and her maturing determination not to be a victim but a voice – a voice for all women who have been told what to wear and how to wear it, what to say and how to say it, and what to believe and how to believe it!
But behind the scenes at home, however, it was a different story. Surviving a violent and emotionally absent father, and later a series of abusive husbands, Darlene’s transformation from victim to a voice for women took years.
Throughout these marriages, Darlene relived her troubled relationship with her father, a decorated World War II hero. She was so damaged that it was only after a spiritual awakening and a near death experience (NDE) at sea to understand that her journey to heal from abuse was not so unlike her father’s unsuccessful quest to heal from the wounds of war.
Unzipped: Chronicles of a Fashion Fit Model focuses on Darlene’s career as she worked for top designers – including Diane von Furstenberg, Ralph Lauren, and Chanel – while traveling the globe, struggling to find love at home.
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