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Design cover/jacket for Amanda Lepore’s memoir “Doll Parts”. Paving the way for today’s “trans revolution,” Amanda is one of the world’s most famous transsexuals. In this poignant and revealing memoir, Amanda takes off the makeup, peels back the silicone, and reveals to the world the woman she truly is, all with a sense of divine certainty, humor, and charm. The book features portraits and fashion spreads by photographers like Rob Lebow and David LaChapelle.
Amanda’s notorious body is first and foremost what she is known for, so we wanted a full nude shot on the cover ideally—also evoking a “bares-all/tell-all” type of memoir. This Rob Lebow image also happened to be one of Amanda’s favorite shots. One challenge of course was that you can’t show nudity in the US (if you want it in the stores anyway), and we didn’t want your typical nipple cover-ups (star-shaped or otherwise) ruining the clean image. The solution became Extra-Bold Futura carefully placing her last name and covering up just the right parts. We chose to remove the actual title, Doll Parts, to the spine only, leaving us with a very minimal, bold cover with some attitude. Futura also carried a nice balance between it looking both bold, fresh and modern, while also not completely abandoning Amanda’s flair for old Hollywood glamour.The back cover was complemented with David LaChapelle’s picture of Jason Wu’s Amanda (Barbie) Doll—a perfect comment on Amanda’s desire for the perfect body, and the great lengths she’s gone to construct it (including numerous surgeries and removing several of her ribs).
Evidence of how the idea was received by the target audience e.g. number of views, increase in visitors.The book garnered tons of publicity, including reviews by the New York Times, and Kirkus among others. The book has to date already sold through half of our first printing and continues to sell well. It has also done well digitally, selling the equivalent of 20% of the print-run in electronic versions.