Falling Off the Catwalk
Robert N. Reincke
Dimensions: 6" x 9"
An evangelical Christian comes to terms with his gayness by becoming an international male fashion model. In the mid-90s, Robert has a seemingly ideal life: a secure corporate job, a string of pretty girlfriends, and a condo in a SoCal beach town. Conflict between this outward success and his inner turmoil prompts him, at 29, to run away to Europe. Set during a slip from sobriety that eventually becomes an eight-year fall, Falling Off the Catwalk recounts a year and a half of global debauchery: sex with girls, sex with boys, acid trips and absinthe in Tokyo.
Robert repeatedly discovers and then forgets what the journey is all about. The question of what he is running from becomes just as pronounced as what he thinks he is moving toward. All of this is set against a backdrop of runway shows for Hugo Boss and Fendi, appearances in GQ and French Cosmopolitan, partying with models in Milan, and clubbing in Paris and Madrid.
Robert overcomes the memory loss associated with addiction and revolutionizes the contemporary memoir by emphasizing primary sources (his extensive journals, correspondences, audio and video tapes) in constructing the narrative. Robert’s fashion photographs accompany the text.