In Girl Model, filmmakers Ashley Sabin and David Redmon follow 13-year old Nadya Vall as she leaves her impoverished family in rural Siberia to seek fame and riches in Tokyo as a model.
The teen's been told her baby doll look is hot with agents, but she meets keen competition and finds parading semi-naked in front of callous bookers demeaning. Her self confidence crashes. She falls into debt. She doesn't know how to cope.
In capturing the painful nuances of Nadya's daily life, the documentary exposes the fraudulent hope that exploitative modeling agencies dangle before naive girls who are desperately in need of improving their circumstances. Read my full review
(PHOTO: In 'Girl Model,' young Russian girls compete for modeling contracts. Courtesy First Run Features).