For nearly half a century, Darlene Parris Young had a successful career in the modeling industry, gracing the covers of magazines and walking the runways.  But Darlene's real calling came as a fashion fit model - working behind the scenes as a living mannequin for designers who would use her body as a template for their fashions.  Darlene became know as "The Coat Hanger with a Mouth"! for her outspoken interactions with designers as she explained what women want in clothes.


But behind the scenes at home, however, it was a different story.  Surviving a violent and emotionally absent father, and later a series of abusive husbands, Darlene's transformation from victim to a voice for women took years.


Throughout these marriages, Darlene relived her trouble relationship with her father, a World War II decorated war hero so damaged that it was only after a spiritual awakening and a near death experience (NDE) at sea to understand that her journey to heal from abuse was not so unlike her father's unsuccessfully quest to heal from the wounds of war.  


Unzipped: Chronicles of a Fashion Fit Model focuses on her career as she worked for top designers including Diane von Furstenberg, Ralph Lauren and Chanel, traveling the globe with celebrities, struggling to find love.

"The Coat Hanger with the Mouth"