Fashion’s Dark Side

From Picture Me’s Myspace page:
Filmmaker Ole Schell follows model Sara Ziff for several years documenting her rise from a fresh face to one that adorns billboards and magazines around the world. In the process, Ole and Sara go behind the scenes and chronicle the glitzy world of high fashion modeling, from photo shoots with celebrated photographers to runway shows in New York, Milan, and Paris. This intimate account features in-depth interviews with noted photographers and designers, but also relies on footage shot by the models themselves, giving voice to those who are often seen, but rarely heard. With appearances by Gilles Bensimon, Karl Lagerfeld, Nicole Miller and more.

From Fashionologie:

In it, the stories are hardly pretty. Ziff told the Guardian about a 16-year-old model who complained to her agency when a 45-year-old photographer made a pass at her: “Her agency said she should have slept with him.” She captures another model talking about how weight is approached: “In castings, people have slapped my thigh, and I’m not in any sense overweight, I never have been. I’ve been the same weight for a long time, but they’ll slap your butt and be like ‘Oooh, fat’ in Italian or in French. ‘It’s too big here.'”



  1. Eda
    June 12, 2009 / 6:31 pm

    The world is full with all kind of's sad to hear stories like this.

  2. June 12, 2009 / 11:24 pm

    i e-mailed you at your gmail account, did you get it?
    i'm glad you agree that d&g; dress would look good on her 🙂
    i hate hearing about the dark side of fashion. telling these skinny girls that they're fat doesn't make any sense.

  3. June 13, 2009 / 10:31 am

    Yikes! I guess I don't want to be a fashion model after all…


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