At Fashion Week in February, Marc Jacobs caused a stir by using two 14-year-old models in his show, ignoring the new guidelines set by the Council of Fashion Designers for America that state a model should be at least 16 to walk the runway. Though that may not sound like such a crime (after all, who wouldn’t want to be surrounded by all that glamour?), documentary filmmakers David Redmon and Ashley Sabin make a strong case for better protections for these young ladies in their new doc Girl Model. The film follows Ashley, an American former model turned scout, as she travels to remote Siberian villages searching for teenage girls to model in Japan. There she discovers a beautiful 13-year-old named Nadya (who is told by casting agents to lie and say she’s 15).
Seeing modeling as the only way to support her family, Nadya signs a contract full of red flags (for instance, if she adds even one centimeter to her waist, the contract will be broken). What will happen to this sheltered girl in Tokyo? Find out tonight at this screening followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.
Tue., March 20, 8 p.m., 2012