Carré Otis has long been one of the most recognizable faces in modeling, headlining in campaigns for Guess, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, and Revlon. As a supermodel, Otis appeared on the covers of Vogue, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Glamour, and Cosmopolitan, and has worked with many of the world's greatest fashion photographers. Now she's the face of recovery from eating disorders, drug abuse, and pressures related to the stifling fashion industry and a heartbreaking marriage. In her book, Beauty, Disrupted: A Memoir (It! Books), Otis reveals the truth behind her headline-making abusive relationship with actor and professional wrestler Mickey Rourke and candidly shares the history of pain and suffering that led her there. Talking candidly about her struggles to overcome sexual exploitation, drug and alcohol addictions, an eating disorder, and her submission to a culture obsessed with image, Otis's story is one of a brave woman's triumphant journey from heartbreak to happiness. The perfect keynote speaker for women's groups, addiction and recovery organizations, and eating disorder associations, Otis offers her unique insight into the business of beauty and the high price it demands.
As a teen runaway, supermodel, and actress, Otis found herself in the public eye from a very tender age. Millions of people gazed at provocative images of her in magazine and billboard ads from Guess and Calvin Klein to features on the pages of Playboy and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. By the time she was 20, everyone had seen her on posters for the controversial film Wild Orchid with Mickey Rourke. The troubled marriage to Rourke that followed soon thereafter was widely highlighted in the media, as were Otis's struggles with drugs and a particularly brutal eating disorder. But to see someone naked on the page or exposed on the screen and in tabloids doesn't mean we know who that person really is. While married to Rourke, Otis took an extended hiatus from modeling -- when she returned, she also became an advocate for young women in and out of the industry, bringing to light many destructive issues that women, while suffering for perfection, perpetually face.
Otis lives in Colorado with her husband and two daughters.