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Documentary Review | America the Beautiful

America the Beautiful (PN 1995.96 .B42 A44 2010) is a powerful documentary about how the beauty standards in America affect women. This film follows the story of a twelve year old girl who starts modeling, at first she finds herself loved by fashion designers and companies but as time goes on she loses their interest. Once they lose interest, what was once a confident girl was now belittled to seeing herself as unattractive and fat.

This film brought up the obsession the United States has with being beautiful. From cosmetic surgery, to eating disorders, to harmful chemicals in makeup, viewers find themselves in the unknown dark side of the fashion and beauty industry. I thought it was a captivating film that documented the unique American phenomenon of how women are always portrayed as not enough and the harmful effects of the standard of beauty.

Written by: Tiffany Chao

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