14 September 2012 2:43 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

  By her own admission, Alana Collins Hamilton Stewart was raised in abject poverty in Nacogdoches, Texas. The early pages of her new memoir, "Rearview Mirror," are fascinating and touching, as one wonders how she could have escaped her roots to become the celebrity she is today. Stewart grew up with a mother who was a drug addict at a home where an outhouse served as a bathroom. Once Alana was able to leave, and after a brief stint as a domestic airline hostess, she began modeling in New York City. Here she »

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