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A rare glimpse into the dark side of modeling, Chasing Beauty speaks with supermodels, photographers, agents and the like in a quest to answer one of the industry's most complex questions: What is beauty and is it worth the cost? Each year, thousands of hopefuls begin the pursuit of their modeling dreams, but how many actually succeed, and how long does success last? For many who try, there is no shortage of collateral damage along the way. Beauty is a billion dollar business, but consumers aren't the only ones paying the price.
Interesting view inside the modeling industry. Probably the most surprising thing was the mentioning of a model who eats cotton balls soaked in orange juice. It seemed to just send out the message that models have it hard and we should be easier on them. I for one don't feel bad for any of them because they choose their career. If it's so horrible they can do something else. I think everyone would be better off (including them) if they chose to do something for the betterment of society at large. So we have starving people with nothing, and starving 6 ft tall women who get paid out the nose to starve themselves. I'm tired of the objectifying of women's bodies. It's degrading.
Well done, hard hitting doc, exposes the modeling industry. Cool to see behind the curtain.
Confusing subject matter
I did not enjoy this film because does not really explore modelling as a profession; rather it shows modelling as a profession that is aspired to. The filmmaker conflates "beauty" with "modelling", and this is the film's biggest flaw. I felt that there was something bogus about a film in which not one of the models complains about, for example, 20 non-stop hours of shooting where you get asked sarcastically why you don't try "sports modelling" when you retain water from standing around for almost an entire day with no break. It's not easy to work with OCD photographers who need thousands of shots to get the light to hit your shoulder right there, while your head is tilted at exactly 23 degrees to the left. Only one person said that modelling is not about being beautiful. In my experience, it's about being what the photographer dictates. S/he is going to sell the finished product, so you'd better be what you're told. I didn't hear models talking about having a garment slashed in the back so their chest can expand enough for breathing, or being shrunkwrapped into a spandex sheath so that for the video cameras the fabric just looks silky on the runway. Or other horrors, like having an allergic reaction to eye makeup which starts just as you hit the catwalk, and being blinded by tears that are smearing it. A photo of me was published in a fashion magazine, and how to get this smudged eye makeup with brand X. No, those were tears ruining the thing and I couldn't see. Now, this, for me is objectification. None of the people featured in this film has talked in depth about the fact that models are playthings. I feel sorry for the people who stood in front of the camera to say that they were good-looking and tall. Can you imagine being hung up on being good-looking? Again, modelling has nothing to do with being good-looking. I was at a dinner party where almost all the guests had just seen photos of me in a 6 page editorial spread. They all told me I looked beautiful. But that evening, a newcomer to the group who didn't know what my job was, declared that I was unimpressive, and laughed while pointing out what was wrong with my face, adding I didn't look human. I felt bad for him because he was forced to apologise even though he was saying his opinion. His comments illustrated the whole point of fashion. I think it's funny that a lay person can criticise me for being "hideous", and yet I seem to meet the standards by which beauty is judged: being featured in editorial shoots, and making catwalk appearances. Is there an ugly side to being pretty? Perhaps, but this film has missed the point.