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Monday, 12 September 2016

BLOG TOUR & #GIVEAWAY - The Tokyo Cover Girls by Jackie Amsden

Book & Author Details:

The Tokyo Cover Girls
by Jackie Amsden
(The Tokyo Cover Girls , #1)
Publication date: April 28th 2016
Genres: Mystery, Young Adult

Synopsis:

New York has Jacobs, Paris has Chanel, Milan has Versace and Tokyo has . . . Hello Kitty toilet plungers? With its cute-obsessed catalogue and magazine market, anyone who is anyone knows that modeling in Japan means being at the bottom of the fashion industry. Blake, Jess, and Hailey are doing their best to survive yet another casting where pigtails and toddler-impressions are a must when they stumble upon the opportunity of a lifetime. The prestigious Satsujin company has selected them to compete for a campaign that will transform the winner from commercial nobody to haute couture superstar faster than you can say Vogue Italia.

Of course, nothing is ever what it seems in the fashion world. Just ask all those dead girls . .

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Jess had once seen a Japanese game show contestant crawl through a tub of boa constrictors wearing nothing but a bikini and a poker visor. If only castings were that easy.
She pulled her shoulders back, planted her feet on the ground, and stretched her mouth into a smile as the man at the desk scanned her face and body. Apparently satisfied, he turned to her manager, Hiro, and began barking out sounds she could only assume were words (calculus she could handle, chemistry, no problem—however, Jess had given up trying to learn a language with four different ways to say the word “eat” a long time ago). From somewhere behind her she could hear the tinkling sound of the Candy Crush theme song and resisted the urge to roll her eyes. At least Blake had turned the volume down this time.
It was just past ten a.m., and the four members of Tokyo’s Visage International Modeling Agency—Hiro, Jess, and her two roomies, Blake and Hailey, were in the head offices of a local housewares manufacturer. They had come to audition for a magazine insert advertising the company’s new line of bathroom accessories. Blake and Hailey had already taken their turns and were now sitting in plastic office chairs behind Jess. She would have preferred they wait in the hallway—it was never safe to have your back turned on other models.
Jess glanced at the man at the desk. The client was still deep in discussion with her manager, the overhead lights bouncing off his rectangular glasses like a flickering computer screen every time he nodded. Jess allowed her smile to drop several decibels and instead scanned the row of display products lined up behind his desk. She wondered which item her face would appear on if she actually managed to pull this thing off: the puppy-print toilet paper or the panda-shaped plunger? Sure, neither was exactly “portfolio gold” but considering how things had been going the last few days, she wasn’t in any position to be picky. She needed this.
After what felt like ages, Hiro lifted his gaze to look at her—though they were both standing, Jess was still a good head taller than he was.
“The client wants you to raise your arms and turn in circles,” he said.
Jess cocked her head to the side. This was the modeling industry. People usually asked her to demonstrate catalogue poses, not windmill impressions. On the other hand, it was Tokyo: a girl never knew quite what to expect in this market. Jess reached for the sky and began spinning. Somewhere between her third and fourth rotation she heard several barely contained snort-laughs coming from the direction of the app music. Jess grimaced; as if either of those girls had any right to laugh at her. She might be going through a rough spot right now, but she was still doing better than they were.
Jess had been modeling for three years, having first started at the age of fourteen. With her large brown eyes, narrow face, and teacup chin, her look was what agents called “commercial.” Normal people would have just called her pretty. Either way, Jess’s face sold well in Asia and she had worked every big city there from Seoul to Taipei. Out of them all, Tokyo was her favorite. The city’s catalogue day rates were higher than anywhere else in the region, especially for underwear. One day of Japanese bra and panty sets could net her the same as three days of Taiwanese cardigans. Plus, who couldn’t love a place where they swept and washed the streets on a nightly basis? It was like living in a giant dishwasher.  

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Jackie Amsden worked as a fashion model in China, Japan, and Taiwan before retiring at the age of eighteen after one too many agent threats, nude photo shoot requests, and self-loathing-induced Pocky binges. If you’d like to learn more about her decent into the darker side of Asia’s candy-coated modeling industry sign up for free installments of her upcoming memoir and get updates about the sequel to The Tokyo Cover Girls at www.jackieamsden.com.


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