Girl Model (2012)



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Told through the eyes of a 13-year-old Siberian girl and the American scout who discovered her, Girl Model follows a complex global supply chain of young girls sent abroad to seek their fortunes in the unregulated and often murky world of the modeling industry. -- (C) Official Site
Documentary , Mystery & Suspense , Special Interest
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Nadya Vall
as Nadya Vall
as Madlen
Rachel Blais
as Rachel Blais
Ashley Arbaugh
as Ashley Arbaugh

Critic Reviews for Girl Model

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (11)

A powerful documentary that, with a wider scope and a bit more shaping, could have been even more powerful, perhaps unbearably so. What's there is strong enough.

Full Review… | October 11, 2012
Boston Globe
Top Critic

The nonaggressive approach can be frustrating, but it nonetheless gets under the skin-deep promises of glamour and wealth that lure a seemingly endless stream of very young hopefuls.

Full Review… | September 13, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Don't expect to look at a catwalk in quite the same fashion again.

Full Review… | September 6, 2012
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Those with nothing are seduced by the prospect of something, such that they hesitate to complain, lest they end up with less than nothing.

Full Review… | September 5, 2012
AV Club
Top Critic

Filled with blind eyes and unspoken agreements, "Girl Model" opens a can of worms, then disdains to follow their slimy trails.

September 4, 2012
New York Times
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Make time during Fashion Week for this one.

Full Review… | September 4, 2012
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Girl Model

Although the film may offer elements of reality in the modeling world, no one dares speak up about how evil it is for young girls. Being sought out as prepubescent youth, offered a future of judgement, starvation, discrimination and pressures that no teen (boy or girl) needs. Why not recruit young women for educational opportunities, to provide a real future that won't leave them with eating disorders, depression and no opportunity. That's the reality. The filmmakers were too chicken shit to find someone who would actually admit, "this is b.s. what we do to these girls." and the main female narrator was a disgusting, evil woman seeking money. How about a film that shows the realities, including the devastation and misservice these agencies provide in the long run. THUMBS WAY WAY DOWN. The narrator lady even admits she doesn't care about the girls. She just wants the money.


A candid, pensive look into a disturbing industry told through the eyes of the models themselves.

Dannielle Albert
Dannielle Albert

Super Reviewer

The modeling industry disgusts me, and this documentary is a good illustration of why. Having said that, this is actually pretty interesting, albeit not easy to watch.

Amanda Hendsbee
Amanda Hendsbee

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