I came across this book at London Heathrow by chance and thought it could be the perfect book for a flight, full of gossip and maybe a little bit superficial - nothing more, nothing less. But oh what a surprise, The Vogue Factor is far more than that! Kirstie Clements gives us an honest insight into the fashion world and tries to be fair, not malicious. Yes, at first it is a lot about what you would expect: the skinny models, the crazy photo shoots, the spoiled celebrities - so far so good.
But it is also a story about a woman who climbed all the way to the top of the career ladder at a time when even in the fashion magazine world that was a rare thing. We also learn a lot about the Australian way of life and the role of Vogue Australia which always had to struggle to keep up with e.g. the infamous US Vogue and its Anna Wintour. The golden times of print may be over, but Kirstie did her very best to bring Australia and its fashion scene (back) into the spotlight. I also liked the chapter about her formative years in the Sydney suburbs and Paris, we learn how she developed her fashion sense and I was surprised to read that she was an Aussie punk girl. 5 stars for Kirstie, and I hope we will hear from her again soon.