Picture Me: A Model's Diary
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fascinating --Elizabeth Engell, Allure.com
absorbing...brave, affecting --David Noh, Film Journal International
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It is exactly Ziff's reputation as a successful model that gets other models to open up and share their experiences, about the stress and strain, about drug use and exploitation, about the pressure to be thin, and about life after modeling.
Two issues in particular really jumped out. First, these supermodels are really quite ordinary people when they are not working. Their hair is messed up, their skin is blotchy, they have good days and bad days, and they worry about their future. Second, you get a hint of a dark underbelly of the modeling world. These include the leeches that try to get photos of these models as they are changing, the alcohol and drug use associated with the parties and stress, constant smoking, the financial arrangements with their agencies, and the knowledge that, when they are replaced by younger, thinner models (as they all will be), their lack of an education means they will have to find a sugar daddy in order to maintain their way of life. In fact, you get hints throughout that things may be even worse than the film notes. What has been left out, that we can't be told until Ziff retires completely from this industry?
But how do you explain all this to a 14 or 16 year old from Russia, picked to be the next supermodel?
Tragic, enlightening, informative, and titillating... expect all of this from Picture Me: A Model's Diary, by Sara Ziff.
Sara is discovered at the tender age of 16. She finishes high school, while her friends go off to college Sara chooses a "different path". She begins modeling at eighteen until the approximate age of twenty-four. For many women this may seem like a life of the best of all situations while Sara's account is not of the stereotypical Supermodel, it is completely her own. In the long haul, her job is one of work, money, glamour, exhaustion, crying jags, hurried days and indecision.
This is not an 'Oh poor me' rant, Sara is at the top of her game while she makes this testimonial. She adds a generous view of her young model friend's experiences which attest to a world of compromise, chasing the big money and being too old at the young ages of twenty to twenty-four. In this world, with the "new crop" of models pouring in at the childhood ages of twelve to sixteen, their years are beginning to be too many and they're being considered as too old now for advertisement.
Sara Ziff is a brave, sweet and quite an intelligent woman throughout along with being highly favored in a world of seemingly neverending up and coming models.Read more ›
Ziff's comment about being a(paraphrasing)"prop" in someone else's story, made me a little sad. She was far more than that to her family, fellow models, and fans. Now, perhaps some of the young girls who said "I want to model like Sara," are saying "I want to get into Columbia like Sara."
Marring the film are some gratuitous boob shots of Ziff in the bathtub, as she sobs from exhaustion. The camera keeps lowering from her face to her chest. That bugged me a lot, actually. Why the boyfriend would even shoot it is beyond me, as is the decision to keep it in the finished product.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an excellent documentary showing the realities of the modeling industry.Published 4 months ago by Barbara
Very good doc on the inside of the fashion model business - candid interviews, shadowing at photoshoots, discussions of lifestyle & emotional issues that come with the lifestyle,... Read morePublished 17 months ago by hatter
No glamor here. Just a bare-bones look at exploitation by agents and fashion icons. Every young girl who's asking for make-up this Christmas should see this.Published 19 months ago by Denise Galligan
great movie for new models to see, or any young girl who is interested in modeling to see.Published 19 months ago by duchess lisa wilson
The subject here is probably the most self-involved and unlikeable model, even by model's standards, I have had the displeasure of hearing from. Read morePublished on July 15, 2014 by t belden
Not your usual vapid model bio. Sara's a wonderful set of eyes into a world not well understood by those of us on the outside. Read morePublished on April 11, 2014 by E.P.
Sorry, the ratings do not allow for someone not finishing the film that is started so I just assign a one-star in that case.Published on March 12, 2014 by Dr. F. Sisti