Studying The Catwalk In The Classroom

Princeton University’s campus is about to get fierce! According to The Ink, the blog for the university’s press club, a class on fashion models is among the New Jersey school’s offerings in the spring.

It is the Ivy League, so don’t expect a class discussion on the latest season of “America’s Next Top Model” (sorry, Tyra). “Model Memoirs: The Life Stories of International Fashion Models” in the Comparative Lit and African-American Studies departments, will focus on “American, African, and Asian women in the fashion industry as a launching point for thinking about race, gender, and class.” Required texts include the life stories of famous models Alek Wek, Waris Diric, and Irina Pantaeva; students will discuss the constructions of femininity and ethnicity and relate their own ideas on beauty ideals in their assignments. But by far, the most exciting aspect of this class is the advertised “guest lectures by fashion editors and models.” No word on the guest list, but with the campus an hour-long train ride from New York City, they’re sure to draw the best and brightest of the fashion world. Can you see Anna Wintour on New Jersey Transit?

Would you take this class? And what books would you add to the reading list? We’d suggest model Crystal Renn’s memoir about her battle with anorexia. [Princeton University Press Club: The Ink, Princeton University Registrar]