The modeling world may seem glitzy and glamorous, but a behind-the-scenes look at the industry, as seen in “Girl Model”, proves quite the opposite. The documentary, by David Redmon and Ashley Sabin, follows scouts and agencies scouring the Russian countryside for model hopefuls clamouring to enter the Japanese model market. Premiering at the South by Southwest festival last week and screened at the Toronto Film Festival, the documentary will not release in the U.S. for public viewing until later this year.
As the CFDA cracks down on the employment of underage models, increased awareness on the issue is key to exploitation prevention. “Girl Model” is the poster-child for model industry awareness, providing viewers with an inside look at just how far SOME recruiters will go to pick the youngest, most impressionable fresh faces.
While the film might be difficult for many to watch, this heartbreaking tale could be the key to stopping the young model “cattle call”.