“Modeling doesn’t have anything to do with self-confidence.
Working off of your looks makes you
pretty much the opposite of self-confident.”
“About Face: Supermodels Then and Now” is a rumination on physical beauty, aging, self-awareness, and confidence, as told by some of the most famous and fabulous fashion models of the late 20th century.
In their own words:
“When you get older, you build something else in your core which is beyond the physical because it has to.”
“I think it’s bad that we have as role models people who look scary to young children. They’re cutting up their faces. Their ears have gone weird. They take fat from their bottoms and stick it in their lips so when you kiss them, you’re kissing their bottom — that’s so disgusting!”
“Mama [Ingrid Bergman] told me once that growing old is the only way to have a long life and she’d rather have that. She didn’t seem to be that affected by old age and maybe that’s another reason why I don’t feel that affected by it, either.”
“When I go into a casting — which I do as little as possible these days — and they start saying ‘you’re too tall’ or ‘you’re not this,’ I just leave. Simple as that.”
“I can’t imagine pulling and cutting my skin. If you look at some of these actresses out in Hollywood and they’ve really messed their faces up. I haven’t even done Botox. The makeup artist will say: ‘I can tell you haven’t done Botox by the texture of your skin, because, after the Botox wears off, it changes the muscle structure of your skin composition and makes it lay different.’ I’ve not done anything of it.”
The film includes interviews with Christie Brinkley, China Machado, Beverly Johnson, Dayle Haddon, Christy Turlington Burns, and Cheryl Tiegs, among others. Check your local listings and tune in tonight!