GS Student-Supermodel Produces Award-Winning Documentary on the Modeling Industry

GS Student-Supermodel Produces Award-Winning Documentary on the Modeling Industry

GS Student-Supermodel Produces Award-Winning Documentary on the Modeling Industry

July 23, 2009
Updated: Sept. 17, 2010

GS student and professional model Sara Ziff produced, "Picture Me."

Update, Sept. 17, 2010: "Picture Me" opens today at the Angelika Film Center in New York City.

Recent media coverage and reviews:

WNYC: The Leonard Lopate Show; Sept. 17
Film Journal; Sept. 17
New York Daily News; Sept. 12


GS student and supermodel Sara Ziff and filmmaker Ole Schell take a behind-the-scenes look at the modeling industry—from maintaining an adolescent physique to sexual objectification—in a new feature-length documentary entitled, “Picture Me.”  In addition to Ziff, the documentary features GS students and model colleagues Lisa Cant and Cameron Russell speaking about their experiences in the industry.     

According to Ziff, who co-directed, edited and produced the film, her goal was to give women a voice in an industry where they are silenced.    

"Models, by nature of their job, are reduced to silent images, and I wanted to give myself and other young women a voice beyond just peddling the latest brand or fragrance. I hope the film will help bring some measure of protection to models in what is now an unregulated industry. How the industry treats its models influences the ideal presented in the magazines, and these images have a powerful, far-reaching effect on women in general," Ziff said.   

Ziff, who has been featured in Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana, Tommy Hilfiger, Stella McCartney, and Gap campaigns, continues to model, and attends classes at Columbia full time.     

“Picture Me” was recently selected Best Fashion Film and won the audience award for Best Picture at the Milan International Film Festival.   

To view the trailer, visit 
http://vimeo.com/3887861