About Face: Supermodels Then and Now

ABOUT FACE: Supermodels, Then and Now


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“About Face” reunites fashion’s legendary models and examines their lives, careers, and lifelong relationship with beauty. From youth to cosmetic surgery, addiction to self-esteem, overnight stardom to reinvention, this HBO documentary reveals the extraordinary women behind the famous faces.

Shot in Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ intimate portrait style, “About Face” highlights the women whose images defined our sense of beauty from the 1940’s through the 1980’s.

“About Face” features Carol Alt, Marisa Berenson, Karen Bjornson, Christie Brinkley, Pat Cleveland, Carmen Dell’Orefice, Jerry Hall, Bethann Hardison, Beverly Johnson, China Machado, Paulina Porizkova, Isabella Rossellini and Lisa Taylor.

The film also includes special appearances by Kim Alexis, Nancy Donahue, Esme, Eileen Ford, Dayle Haddon, Cheryl Tiegs, Christy Turlington and Calvin Klein.


“They had something inside that came through…they had character, they had personality.”
– Calvin Klein

My career has lasted so long, now going on 65 years, because I think of myself as a service.”
– Carmen Dell’Orefice

“What people called sexual harassment we called compliments…when a 16 year-old is flattered by a man pulling out his penis in front of her that is kind of noteworthy.”
– Paulina Porizkova

“(Face lifts)…. is this the new foot binding, is this a new way to be misogynist, is this a new way to tell women that you are ugly.”
– Isabella Rossellini

“Of course it’s no fun getting old and sick and dying. We all know that’s coming and it’s a bore.”
– Jerry Hall

“The key to beauty is always educating yourself, always learning something new.”
– Cheryl Tiegs

“It’s a handicap in the acting world to be a model. You’re always thought of as brainless. You have to prove yourself much more.”
– Marisa Berenson

“We were just overwhelmed with ourselves. We were so arrogant”.
– Pat Cleveland

“I’m just really glad I didn’t die in the process.”
– Lisa Taylor