As there always is during and immediately following New York Fashion Week, there’s been a lot of talk about how tough it is to be a model lately. But this year, I’m so pleased to see that the conversation seems to be pushing beyond the “OMG, eat more sandwiches!” horse that is dead and beaten. See: Leah Chernoff’s great Fashionista piece about the Model Alliance and also: Sociologist/former model Ashley Mears’ analysis of why modeling is a bad job.
Driving this new conversation — about cultural exploitation, child labor, the sexualization of minors and so much more — is Girl Model, a lyrical and disturbing documentary by my friends Ashley Sabin and David Redmon.
Trailer above, list of screenings here. Check it out, share, etc.
And let’s keep talking about why this ultimate lottery industry is distorting so much more than our definition of beauty (but yes, that too).