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America the Beautiful exposes some ugly truths


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Questions to Consider:

  • Is America obsessed with beauty?
  • Do the beauty and fashion industries need to promote the thin body ideal to be successful?
  • What are some mixed messages that girls get about their appearance and sexuality?
  • Who decides what is beautiful?

What We Think:
In this award-winning documentary, filmmaker Darryl Roberts critically and light-heartedly tries to answer the question, “Is America obsessed with beauty?” He follows aspiring young models (and watches one crumble under the industry’s pressure). He interviews fashion magazine editors, celebrities, plastic surgeons, and everyday men and women. It’s a candid and enlightening movie that will make you feel more empowered and more aware, wondering, “Who decides what’s beautiful, anyway?”

–Kate Elston


E-mail the filmmaker, Darryl Roberts, your thoughts on the movie.

Then, contact your local DVD-rental store, local library, or local schools to request that they carry a copy when the DVD comes out in Fall 2009.