15 June, 2013

About Face: Supermodels, Then and Now DVD [Ina, Mt Albert Library]

I have this curiosity about people who work in jobs with a limited shelf life, like sports and in this case modeling, and I love to learn how their life, attitudes and outlook changes as they move on to something else. "About face" is a documentary that gets back all the great supermodels from decades ago and asks them some big questions, about their lives in the job and after. Featuring the likes of Isabella Rossellini, Cheryl Teigs, Beverly Johnson, Christie Brinkley, Pat Cleveland, Jerry Hall, Christy Turlington, Paulina Porizkova and many others, the film manages to show us candid stories of the highs and lows of the fashion industry.

We get to see really personal sidesfrom the models, some being quite honest and even wise. What I liked was the objective self-reflection that is possible through the distance of time to events that have marked them, but no longer rule them. Issues like the inferiority complexes, temptations and criticism about age that all are just a given in this industry will speak to any woman and I liked the frank admissions some of them made about it that take us a bit behind the scenes of the glamourous illusions of modelling. Concerning self-confidence, they all suggest  that they are stronger and more self-aware from surviving and succeeding in a career that involves so much criticism and scrutiny.

Interestingly, they all have wildly varying views of the industry (and life!) today, but it probably shows that - through the diversity of backgrounds, experiences and ethnicities - a model's life is as real as ours, even if it doesn't seem so.

Title: About Face: Supermodels, Then and Now
Author: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Published: 2013
Publisher: Madman Entertainment

 - Ina, Mt Albert Library

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