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In a country famous for its success in international beauty pageants, three young women are fighting to participate in their nation's most celebrated cultural institution. But obtaining a place in the Miss Venezuela contest is no easy task. Women must endure grueling diets, consent to intensive plastic surgery, and find the resources necessary to transform themselves from ordinary citizens into famous and illustrious Misses. To Be a Miss is a character-driven documentary that takes the viewer through the inner workings of Venezuela's renowned beauty factory, revealing the risks and rewards associated with this multi-billion dollar industry while exposing what nationalism, personal ambition, and the influence of mass media has meant for women in the country. Written by Anonymous

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I made an account just to warn people (I guess spoilers?)
13 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a frequent viewer of documentaries, this was recommended for me on Netflix. I was actually warming up to the slow pace, despite the first shot of the movie being a continuous shot with no music and absolutely no context.

But then once the documentary explores body image and plastic surgery, WITHOUT WARNING they show a breast surgery. No music. No cues. Just a surgeon talking about young girls getting breast surgery and then a woman on a table for about five seconds, then BAM a nipple being cut open, then BAM doctors prying open her breast.

I love horror and gore, and I'm not even especially squeamish, but I had to turn this off.

It's a shame because I was actually beginning to really like this, the subtitles were not an issue, and the topics explored were really interesting.


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