Beauty and the Muse

Nigel Barker’s “Models of Influence” Release Party

Posted on: February 24, 2015



Ladies Night Out

Art Van Furniture

Shelby Township, MI

February 8th 2015


So this is a funny story. I had a casting call to be at right before Nigel’s book release of “Models of Influence”. Long story short, I got there half an hour late. The ladies at the front desk told me that I would NOT be able to see Nigel or get a signed copy of his book because they gave out all the passes! I died a little inside.


Out of the blue, an older gentlemen who worded there gave me his VIP pass. I died again. Thanks Art Van man!


While we waited for Nigel in line, we began to sweat and figure out what we were going to say him. We applied our gloss and got the cameras ready.


This was a dream come true! Nigel was such a gentlemen. He told me he liked my headwrap and that I need to blog about his book. I said, “no prob.” He even commented on my FB stat!

20150208_185133We got our books signed! Make sure you get a copy. It has some amazing photos of models from the 60’s to now.

20150208_184815I will cherish this experience 🙂


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