I've known for thirty years that I had to write this book. This story needed to be told. It's my real life adventure as a young girl fighting for her freedom, independence, and peace.
My hope is to encourage and empower others to follow their dreams while staying true to themselves. Nothing is worth sacrificing our unique spirit, freedom, or inner peace-not money, power, or even a lover.
Never stop searching until your hearts' desire for adventure, truth, creativity, love and peace.
In this courageous and inspiring memoir about personal freedom and spiritual empowerment, Jill Dodd depicts her journey from Paris model to Saudi billionaire's harem wife to multi-million dollar business entrepreneur.
In the 1980s, Jill Dodd determined that her ticket out of an abusive home was to make it as a top model in Paris. Armed with only her desire for freedom and independence, she embarks on an epic journey that takes her to uncharted territory--the Parisian fashion industry with all its beautiful glamour and its ugly underbelly of sex, drugs, and excess. From there, Jill begins an eye-opening adventure that includes trips to Monte Carlo, sexual exploitation, and falling in love with one of the richest men in the world, agreeing to become one of his wives--until she finds the courage to walk away from it all and rebuild her dreams.
Born and raised in LosAngeles, Jill Dodd is a writer and artist. She gained recognition for bridging the world of men’s and women’s surfing fashion as the founder and designer of ROXY and was the first to sponsor female surfers.
After graduating with honors from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, she spent seventeen years as an American swimwear designer where at Jag, where she sponsored female athletes competing in professional volleyball and windsurfing, ROXY, and Sunsets.
Prior to her work as a fashion designer, Jill spent ten years as a fashion model. She has appeared in ParisVogue, French Marie Claire, American Glamour, Bazaar, Mademoiselle, Teen,French Cosmopolitan, Paris Girls Magazine, New York Apparel News, Women’s Wear Daily, and many other publications while signed to Wilhelmina Models USA and Paris Planning Europe.
She has acted in commercials for The Gap, Vittel Water, Sprite, and many others. A skilled painter, Jill joined the artist community in Laguna Canyon and had her first exhibit of paintings in Newport Beach, California. She is currently practicing in ceramics. Jill lives with her husband and three children in Northern California.