Girl Model

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Girl Model
Directed by Ashley Sabin, David Redmon
Written by Ashley Sabin, David Redmon
Starring Ashley Arbaugh, Nadya Vall, Rachel Blais
Release date
  • September 9, 2011 (2011-09-09) (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • September 5, 2012 (2012-09-05)
Running time
77 minutes

Girl Model is a 2011 documentary film following Ashley, a conflicted model scout recruiting young Siberian girls to model in Japan, and Nadya, a recruited 13-year-old who gets financially taken advantage of during her modeling work in Japan.[1] It was directed by David Redmon and A. Sabin. The film holds a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[2]

While receiving much praise for its subject matter, it left some critics wondering why the filmmakers didn't question the participants more thoroughly. Ty Burr of the Boston Globe writes, "It’s a valid approach that doesn't yield as many dividends as the filmmakers hope. You sense there are dots left unconnected, a larger picture we're not seeing. Are the various agency heads exploiting the models on their own, or is there malevolent collusion? Who's making money and how? 'Girl Model' shows but doesn’t investigate."[3] Jeannette Catsoulis of the New York Times writes, "Filled with blind eyes and unspoken agreements, 'Girl Model' opens a can of worms, then disdains to follow their slimy trails."[4] Matan Uziel of The Glammonitor writes, "This video gives one a very disturbing insight into how wealthy nations prey upon the poor in other countries. It's just a small slice of the exploitation that goes on. This 'meat' market, a prelude to sex trafficking, is creepy and ugly, and shocking, and we must do our best to stop it from happening. The fashion industry may look glamorous from the outside, and it’s deceiving."[5]


  1. ^ "About the Film". Web. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
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  3. ^ Burr, Ty (11 October 2012). "In ‘Girl Model,’ unseemly side of the modeling industry". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Catsoulis, Jeannette (4 September 2012). "‘Girl Model,’ a Documentary on the Industry". New York Times. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  5. ^ Uziel, Matan (6 July 2014). "The Documentary 'Girl Model' and Scout Ashley Arbaugh". Glammonitor. Archived from the original on 12 October 2014. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 

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