July 18, 2012

Premiere of About Face, Supermodels Then & Now

Not my typical outfit post...

I'm trying to find a balance, I get to have some pretty interesting experiences because of my work, but I never really blog about them or take pictures just because honestly I'm usually running around working or if not, I'm just not one to pull out a camera then talk about what I'm doing. But as a blogger, I'm learning and many other pals on this side of the industry are always telling me that I should...and they are right. I should share experiences with you guys, especially fashion and lifestyle related.

So, last night I attended the premiere of a new HBO documentary by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders who created the Black List and Latino List documentaries for HBO. Timothy is a genius, his vision and ability to tell stories move you, make you want to know more about his subjects. I learned about "About Face" at a dinner at Timothy's house where we got to see some of the clips and shots from the film as it was in process more than a year ago and have been dying to see the finished product ever since!

The film is shot in the same way as The Black List where super models including 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 are doing one on one interviews. The film also includes special appearances by Kim Alexis, Nancy Donahue, Esmé, Eileen Ford, Dayle Haddon, Cheryl Tiegs, Christy Turlington Burns and Calvin Klein who I got to chat with, we took a fun picture but of course the flash didn't go off and it was all black (sad face). 

Memorable moments from the film; Carmen Dell'Orefice might be the most fabulous woman I've ever seen, she ended the film with a twirl saying "When I go, I want to go wearing my high heels", Bethann Hardison, China Machado, Beverly Johnson and Pat Cleveland sharing their stories of being a black model in the 50-80's and the challenges they over came, very moving and inspiring. Though I'm not a model, black women working in fashion enduring unthinkable things so that I could do what I do...wow! Another fav was Jerry Hall who is hilarious, she talked about getting $800 from a hospital as a young teen from an accident and she went to the Riviera in France, got dressed up when on the beach to be discovered and was in about an hour haha. Fantastic.

Most of the folks from the film where in attendance, along with Martha Stewart, Tyson Beckford, Kim Cattrall who sat next to me and can whistle with her fingers, a skill I really need to learn! 

 Me and the legendary Eileen Ford (Founder of Ford Models)

 Along with the Documentary, there are beautiful portraits of each of the women by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Jacki the fab make-up artist for many of the ladies in the film

 Me and Beverly Johnson 

Here's what I'm wearing:
Dress - c/o Lane Bryant
Necklace - c/o Ashley Stewart
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