Beauty and the Muse

Nigel Barker’s “Models of Influence” Release Party

Posted on: February 24, 2015

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Ladies Night Out

Art Van Furniture

Shelby Township, MI

February 8th 2015

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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.

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

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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.

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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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