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Sherry Lee Mecom,
In a society where "celebutantes" like Paris Hilton dominate newsstands and models who weigh less than 90 pounds die from malnutrition, female body image is one of the more dire problems facing today's society. "America the Beautiful" illuminates the issue by covering every base. Child models, plastic surgery, celebrity worship, airbrushed advertising, dangerous cosmetics - no rock is left unturned. Written by
As a previous reviewer stated, this is not a polished gem. It does jump frequently from one sub-topic to another, but the beauty thread is always there. Personally, the breadth of the film didn't bother me. I think an in depth feature on one aspect of our perception of beauty would be boring. There are many points made in this film that are very interesting; things that I hadn't thought about before. It's easy to say things like "Models are model(s) because they are beautiful, that is their job and there is nothing wrong with that" and more difficult to see that often the requirements for a model's dimensions are unhealthy standards, which many women strive to achieve. I think the audience that could benefit the most from the message of this film is the teenage girl, but it's a good film for the parents of those girls as well, so that they may have more awareness to guide their children.
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