You’ve been reading a book, and your favourite chracter died about halfway through, but you’re convinced that he/she/it is not actually dead and will come back at the end of the book.
Then they don’t. You sit there, having finished the book, staring at the last page and thinking What just happened to me? Why did I deceive myself for so long? Why is the world so awful?
That’s the effect that Girl Model had on me. Girl Model is a documentary about the exploitation of underage girls in the modeling industry, specifically in the Russian modelling industry, and more specifically in the case of Nadya, age 13, sent to Japan as a new talent. The film is fairly unbiased in what is has on camera, but it leaves the viewer polarized– the view this documentary gives inside the modelling industry is shocking and appalling.
I recommend that you check it out when it airs on March 24th on PBS, especially if you’re a fan of high fashion. Get to know how some of those models wearing your favourite piece this season are treated! If you’d like to learn more about the film, check out this interview with the filmmaker, Ashley Sabin.