Saturday, July 28, 2012

Former Models Discuss Careers, Beauty, and Life Now

Just a quick post to alert readers to the upcoming television program, About Face: Supermodels Then and Now. The HBO documentary, which airs this Monday, July 30th, is a collection of interviews with former supermodels, including Carol Alt, Marisa Berenson, Christie Brinkley, Carmen Dell'Orefice, Jerry Hall, Beverly Johnson, Isabella Rossellini and Cheryl Tiegs. The over 50 women discuss their modeling days, including the sex, drugs and rock and roll, as well as beauty over time. When asked about cosmetic surgery, Carmen Dell'Orefice replies, "Well, if you had the ceiling falling down in your living room, would you not go and have a repair?"

I always figured that the aging process wouldn’t affect me the way it would a beautiful woman. How disappointing it must be to suddenly notice that men aren’t falling all over you the way they once did. Or what’s it like to look at yourself in the mirror and realize your complexion is no longer flawless. Are women who were once revered for their youthful beauty able to reconcile the aging process? Are they able to accept the inevitable, appreciate other things about themselves, embrace a different kind of beauty, find new preoccupations? Perhaps, this documentary will shed some light.