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Scratch the Surface (1997)

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Beginning in the early decadent 80's and continuing today, a phenomenon occurred in the US-the Supermodel.


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Complete credited cast:
John Casablancas ...
Valerie Cates ...
Tracy Fitzpatrick ...
Herself (as Tracy Fitzpatrick-Finnegan)
Lisanne Falk ...
Eileen Ford ...
Billie Ryan Walsh ...
Herself (as Billy Ryan Walsh 'Gracie')
Nancy DeWeir ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tracey Davis ...
Herself - Smash Box photo shoot
Marc Hispard ...
Himself - Victoria's Secret photo shoot
Fabrice Tronbert ...
Himself - Victoria's Secret photo shoot (as Fabrice Trombert)


Beginning in the early decadent 80's and continuing today, a phenomenon occurred in the US-the Supermodel.

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Brings back fond memories
3 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was an avid reader of Seventeen magazine back in the late 70s/early 80s when these women were modeling for that magazine. The fist copy of the magazine that I ever bought was the back-to-school issue which one of the Fitzpatrick twins mentions was her first cover. I bought the magazine during a summer vacation and spent the whole ride home in the car poring over the new fall outfits. I remember some of them in detail to this day.

And, yes, I do remember Whitney Houston's modeling career. In fact, I had an article on exercise that I tore out of the magazine and saved. A few years later when Ms. Houston burst onto the music scene, I happened across the magazine article and recognized immediately.

My senior year of high school, I saw "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," Yes, of course that movie became known as one that gave many future stars their first break -- Sean Penn, Forrest Whitaker, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Anthony Edwards and more -- but at the only face that I recognized at the time was that of Phoebe Cates.

To me, this documentary is a kind of high school reunion. I recognized each and every one of these former teen models. Some became successful in show business. Some are now contented wives and mothers. Being able to remember the fresh, beautiful teen Whitney Houston once was makes her current plight all the more sad for me. I was happy to spend time in their company once again.

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