When Fiction and Reality Collide

By Patricia Qualey [November 15th, 2012] 

Anyone who enjoys to read in their free time knows the power a book can have.  After three years of law school, followed by three months of studying for the bar exam one of the things I was looking forward to the most was being able to pick up a book and read not for the fear that I would be called on in class but for my own enjoyment.  I wanted to take a minute and introduce a book, which touched on an issue that was very relatable to an aspiring fashion attorney.  This book called awareness to an issue that is extremely relevant to what is going on in the fashion industry today.

Beauty to Die for, written by supermodel Kim Alexis and Mindy Starns Clark is a fiction story about models, beauty products, mystery, and counterfeit goods.  One can turn on the television or pick up a newspaper and see a news story about the dangers of counterfeit goods, ranging from beauty products, to handbags, to pharmaceuticals, it is a practice that is costing companies exorbitant amounts of money and carries with it an avalanche affect of illegal activity.  The book gives a clear view of the dangers of counterfeit goods, and ties in the connection to terrorism and the fight to stop the terrorists from winning.

As the fashion industry continues to fight the war against counterfeits with the help of government agencies and task forces, awareness is key.  In this digital world resources are endless, and if consumers are aware of the problem we can all fight together.  A great starting place is by watching CNBC’s Crime Inc: Counterfeit Goods.,  If the reality of it all is too much for you though, or if you’re tired of the digital world, head to your local bookstore or library and pick up an old fashioned book.   You might find it entertaining, relaxing, and even eye opening.  Beauty to Die For is just one of the many ways to spread awareness of the dangers of counterfeit goods, while also serving its purpose as an enjoyable read.


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