Girl Model strips away the façade of the modeling industry by following two people whose lives intersect because of it. Ashley is a deeply conflicted American former model-turned-scout. Thirteen-year-old Nadya, plucked from a remote Siberian village and promised a lucrative career in Japan, is her latest discovery. As the young girl searches for glamour and an escape from poverty, she confronts the harsh realities of a culture that worships youth—and an industry that makes perpetual childhood a globally traded commodity.
Girl Model’s disturbing look behind the curtain raises important questions about responsibility that go beyond the people we see on screen. Viewers are confronted with a reality that forces all of us to ask who creates the demand for these models and who is responsible for their well-being. As an outreach tool, the film is an excellent springboard for discussions about the culture of fashion and the role its values play in our lives, media and economy.
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