She's The Last Model Standing
Dubbed by her friends “the Kathy Griffin of fashion”, Wendy’s hilarious, occasionally poignant story of how she became – and has remained for 30 years – one of the most successful “fit” models in the country (that size 8 you’re wearing might very well be based on Wendy Stuart Kaplan’s figure), is told with a Griffin-esque sense of humor untarnished by malice. From studying voodoo in Nigeria through years of taking mind-numbing jobs just to pay the rent, to her success in the present day where she can say of the women’s underwear sold at Wal-Mart, modeled on her size eight body, “I cover the asses of the masses.”
SHE’S THE LAST MODEL STANDING is an “only-in-New-York” tale and an addictive page-turner. Wendy’s humor, intelligence and unique analysis of the fashion/entertainment industry make this memoir a true stand-out in the field.
Plot/Idea: 6 out of 10
Originality: 4 out of 10
Prose: 4 out of 10
Character/Execution: 6 out of 10
Overall: 5.00 out of 10
Plot: Kaplan's memoir moves along at a swift pace, detailing her vast experiences with modeling, acting, and comedy.
Prose: The prose here is workmanlike and familiar, though it serves the material and story well.
Originality: Kaplan's story is entertaining if not particularly original. The themes of the story will seem familiar to readers.
Character Development: The characters here are well developed. The author captures the essence of all the interesting people she has met during her long career.
Date Submitted: March 15, 2017