Paulina Porizkova on Sexual Harassment in Modeling: "When a 16-Y-O Girl is Flattered by a Man Pulling out His Penis, That's Noteworthy'

Modeling has always been a profession that elicits curiosity and courts controversy. A new documentary, called About Face, is going to give us a glimpse into the experiences of a group of supermodels from the 70s and 80s, and it sure doesn't sound like it's going to be pretty. The film, which premieres at Sundance in January, will be available to the masses on HBO in the summer, WWD is reporting. The movie is definitely not a shiny, happy portrayal of modeling. Vanity Fair photog Timothy Greeenfield-Sanders shot the film to take a look at the "models as survivors, blessed with beauty, yet condemned by society's less-than-tolerant view of aging and its relentless celebration of youth."
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Modeling has always been a profession that elicits curiosity and courts controversy. A new documentary, called About Face, is going to give us a glimpse into the experiences of a group of supermodels from the 70s and 80s, and it sure doesn't sound like it's going to be pretty. The film, which premieres at Sundance in January, will be available to the masses on HBO in the summer, WWD is reporting. The movie is definitely not a shiny, happy portrayal of modeling. Vanity Fair photog Timothy Greeenfield-Sanders shot the film to take a look at the "models as survivors, blessed with beauty, yet condemned by society's less-than-tolerant view of aging and its relentless celebration of youth."
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Modeling has always been a profession that elicits curiosity and courts controversy. A new documentary, called About Face, is going to give us a glimpse into the experiences of a group of supermodels from the 70s and 80s, and it sure doesn't sound like it's going to be pretty.

The film, which premieres at Sundance in January, will be available to the masses on HBO in the summer, WWD is reporting. The movie is definitely not a shiny, happy portrayal of modeling. Vanity Fair photog Timothy Greeenfield-Sanders shot the film to take a look at the "models as survivors, blessed with beauty, yet condemned by society's less-than-tolerant view of aging and its relentless celebration of youth."

The group of models and other notables who appear in the film is an awe-inducing "Who's Who" list of the modeling and fashion world: Carol Alt, Marisa Berenson, Karen Bjornson, Christie Brinkley, Pat Cleveland, Carmen Dell'Orefice, Jerry Hall, Bethann Hardison, Beverly Johnson, China Machado, Paulina Porizkova, Isabella Rossellini, Lisa Taylor, Kim Alexis, Nancy Donahue, Esmé Marshall, Eileen Ford, Dayle Haddon, Cheryl Tiegs, and Christy Turlington. (Whew!)

To give you a taste of the sorts of lessons these ladies learned, Paulina Porizkova said, "What people called sexual harassment, we called compliments. When a 16-year-old girl is flattered by a man pulling out his penis, that's noteworthy."

Hmm, has much changed in modeling? We are putting this one on our must-see list.