While the old adage “beauty is skin deep” still rings true, the beauty and fashion business continues to thrive and many women go to extreme measures just to achieve their ideal figure. Plastic surgery is a multi-billion dollar industry – Americans spent $10.4 billion on cosmetic surgery in 2011 alone and the numbers continue to rise. A new documentary featured on HBO, “About Face: Supermodels Then & Now” exposes the dark side of the fashion business and provides some insight on our culture’s obsession with beauty and plastic surgery.
The film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and features several interviews with models and industry pioneers, including Christie Brinkley, Calvin Klein, Christy Turlington Burns, and Cheryl Tiegs. The film begins with an interview with 81-year-old Dell’Orefice, who compares all of the plastic surgery she has had to trying to repair a ceiling fan that is falling down. Dell’Orefice began her modeling career at the young age of 15, working with Vogue magazine.
The film is thought-provoking and provides candid interviews with some of the industry’s icons. It covers both the fun and excitement of the fashion and modeling world, as well as the darker side of drugs, plastic surgery, and racism that few models dare to talk about.
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