In Unzipped: Chronicles of a Fashion Fit Model, Darlene Parris Young takes the reader into the world of the fashion fit model who is well paid to stand still for hours as clothes are pinned and tucked to fit her curves; mimic dancing, exercising, stretching, squatting and lifting children while dressed in miniskirts or blue jeans; or walk down the runway dressed in glamorous clothes that flatter more than function.

She also takes the reader into her private life as she recalls the powerlessness she felt behind closed doors, enduring beatings, emotional abuse, and rape, and her maturing determination not to be a victim but a voice - a voice for all women who have been told what to wear and how to wear it, what to say and how to say it, and what to believe and how to believe it!