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Watching this will make you think...,
This review is from: Girl Model (DVD)
It is easy to point the finger at Ashley and say she's horrible. (Which she is.) But her horrible behavior is enabled by her boss Tigran, who is in turn enabled by the industry that prizes/fetishizes the bodies of 13 year old girls. That industry is enabled by consumers who put up with this crap, and countries who don't prosecute/stop the modeling agencies that are employing/scamming children. If Tigran and Ashley were arrested, someone else would step in. If people said "yuck, I don't want to look like that 13 year old in a dress" things would start to change.
So yeah, there's a lot that's horrible going on here.. and in many ways most of us have a little bit of responsibility in the chain of blame. Maybe you even have a little more responsibility after you see this film, now that you know what is going on.
Overall this documentary is quite good. How the directors got Ashley to talk as much as she does is a mystery. She even invites the cameras to her sad "glass house" which is an interesting metaphor. Tigran, the uber-creep, even talks to the cameras a couple times. The filmmakers must have worked very hard to gain trust. I have a strong suspicion that Tigran's agency acts as a feeder for prostitution and strippers. I don't think the intention is to put these girls in magazines at all. Possibly that would have been difficult to film or prove.