As a fashion photographer who is now embarking on his 14th season as a judge on the primetime series "America's Next Top Model," a reality show in which aspiring young models compete to launch a career in the modeling industry, Nigel Barker's idea of beauty may appear only skin-deep.
Barker will make a special appearance at 5 p.m. Sept.18 at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Hwy., where he will sign copies and discuss topics from his new book, "Nigel Barker's Beauty Equation."
In the book, the former model turned photographer and filmmaker rejects many Western ideals and says that true beauty undoubtedly begins on the inside, as he aims to help women uncover a better and more beautiful version of themselves by examining 10 key elements that he devised throughout years of shooting various subjects.
"Behind the lens, I was always looking for what it is that makes a photo so captivating and memorable," Barker said. "Over time, I realized it's not a stunning façade, but a 'smile' with the eyes, natural warmth and allure about a person that achieve this. When you feel beautiful, you look beautiful."