America the Beautiful!
January 1, 1970Hi Everybody,
I want to encourage you to search out and see a new documentary, AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL. Filmmaker Darryl Roberts, in the spirit of Michael Moore, does a fabulous job connecting the dots between the beauty industry's profit motive and the skyrocketing rates of eating disorders, girls' poor self-esteem, and male chauvinism.
The film includes compelling interviews with Eve Ensler, NEDA's Lynn Grefe, and Monte Nido's Carolyn Costin, but it paints a bigger picture by exposing the effect of air-brushed ads on men's sexual attitudes; the true dangers of plastic surgery and the chemicals used in cosmetics; and the tough road of litigation against looksism. There's even a segment on the rise in plastic surgery for animals, to illustrate just how far our country's obsession with superficial looks has yet to go.
The centerpiece of the film is a model who was walking the catwalks of New York fashion week at age 12. The designers who employed her forthrightly admitted that they use size 0 models in order to save money on fabric, and that they routinely pay models in clothing...which means they pay 0!
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The film is showing in Los Angeles and New York. If it's playing near you, please go tomorrow to start the buzz and get energized.