MODEL TIPS: Model Sarah DeAnna, who has appeared in Vogue, Elle and Marie Claire, has a new self-help book out, written with Eve Adamson, called “Supermodel You: Shockingly Healthy Insider Tips to Bring Out Your Inner Supermodel” (Hay House). The book contains a wealth of common-sense tips for achieving the appearance, weight and attitude the reader desires. One example: Her “no-brainer diet rules”: Eat breakfast; snack; drink water; avoid empty calories; don’t eat late at night; sleep; eat slower; don’t diet, and choose real food. She writes, “‘Help, I need a ride into town! Preferably in a car that will crash, because I don’t really care if I get there or not.…’ This is how I see crash dieting. The name says it all.” Although the book has only been out for a short time, it is already on the Amazon best-seller list.
With her stress on a sensible diet, how does she feel about British Vogue’s adoption of a 10-point code meant to improve working conditions for models? “I love that they’re doing anything,” says DeAnna, emphasizing that in her view, support for models should begin with their agencies. “At the end of the day, models are alone on the job, and we want everybody to like us.”
This story first appeared in the April 22, 2013 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
DeAnna, who hails from a small town in Oregon, comes from a difficult background. As she notes in “Supermodel You,” when her father went to jail, her mother was unable to cope, and she and her three siblings grew up on welfare and food stamps. As it does for some children, these family problems bred in her a fierce determination to succeed, which she displayed by excelling in high school and finishing college as quickly as possible. One thing that motivated her as a youngster was being praised for her athletic skills. She says she realized, “Oh, if I don’t get good grades, I can’t play basketball.”
“I’d like to argue that we are all perfectly blessed, if we can find our way back to ourselves,” she writes.