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Picture Me: A Model’s Diary (DVD Review)

8 Jan, 2011 By: Billy Gil

Street 1/11/11
Box Office $0.01 million
$24.99 DVD
Not rated.

Picture Me paints a realistic picture of the modeling world through the eyes of model Sara Ziff.

Supplemented by interviews of other models, Ziff’s journey from Tommy Hilfiger billboard model to cover girl is largely told through her own words, through home videos taken by her and co-director (and then-boyfriend) Ole Schell. Ziff is seen gleaming when she gets a check worth thousands of dollars; broken down and crying from exhaustion in a hotel bathroom; and arguing with her boyfriend about how she always has to pay.

The result is a bit of a hodgepodge as viewers jump back and forth between Ziff and other models’ tales of traveling, sexual harassment, drugs, ageism, disposability, body issues and the other issues you’d expect models to face day to day. Both Ziff’s videos and the interviews with other models are illuminating, although the film doesn’t exactly feel seamless.

Ziff and Schell’s goals are admirable in showing the less-than-glamorous sides of modeling. Even those who aren’t that interested in the fashion world or in modeling will find Picture Me plenty intriguing.

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