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Girl Model 2011

Despite a lack of obvious similarities between Siberia and Tokyo, a thriving model industry connects these distant regions. GIRL MODEL follows two protagonists involved in this industry: Ashley, a deeply ambivalent model scout who scours the Siberian countryside looking for fresh faces to send to the Japanese market, and one of her discoveries, Nadya, a thirteen year-old plucked from the Siberian countryside and dropped into the center of Tokyo with promises of a profitable career. After Ashley’s initial discovery of Nadya, the two rarely meet again, but their stories are inextricably bound. As Nadya’s optimism about rescuing her family from their financial difficulties grows, her dreams contrast against Ashley’s more jaded outlook about the industry’s corrosive influence.


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Not the most well-produced documentary, technically or editorially, but there's enough here to warrant a watch.

I can't get a read on Ashley. She initially seems like she wants to change the industry, but by the end she's back out there scouting new models and lying that models sent to Japan never go into debt after the audience just watched first Madlen and then Nadya get sent home over $2000 in the red.

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