Cover Girl Culture

Category: Reviews

St. Francis in the Foothills Church review

St. Francis in the Foothills church is hosting a screening of Cover Girl Culture March 3, 2011.

Here is their review of the film:
03/13/11 “Cover Girl Culture: Awakening the Media Generation” NR 82 min Nicole Clark dir. Former Elite International model, Nicole Clark juxtaposes what the fashion editors of teen magazines say and what their publications actually do, exposing their hypocrisy. They claim to feature “real Girls” in their fashion spreads, but the photos of emaciated models tell a different story. Both advertisers and the editorial content convince teenage readers that the most important goal is physical perfection while priming them to buy and consume at the cost of their health and happiness. The documentary reveals the insidious reality of US consumer culture and tells parents how to combat the beauty industry’s grasp on their daughters. – St. Francis in the Foothills

Spark Summit and Cover Girl Culture

November 2010 – Cover Girl Culture joined in at the Spark Summit:

The “Cover Girl Culture” Controversy by Image Trinity

Interesting article by a Greg Schlueter of Image Trinity. (Catholic Ministry)

fBomb review of CGC

thefbomb review of Cover Girl Culture

Delray Beach Film Festival AWARD

Every year we try and find a film that will make a difference in people lives. This year it was Cover Girl Culture. When I first saw this film, I knew that it had a message that every young person and their parents need to see. I really believe that it will make a difference and it will help young women grow up to be happier person inside. It’s a cultural thing that we all need to get away from. Nicole did a great job and the message is powerful!” – MICHAEL POSNER, director/founder Delray Beach Film Festival

Jess Weiner – Actionist Network reviews CGC

Jess Weiner featured Cover Girl Culture in 2010.

Parent’s Television Council award

PTC review: ‘Media has a tremendous influence in shaping how individuals think about the world; and this influence is even greater over children. One of the most harmful, and certainly saddest, examples is the influence which the fashion industry has over young girls. Incessantly bombarded by sexualized imagery and messages direct and indirect encouraging promiscuous behavior and telling them that “to be beautiful, you must look a certain way,” today’s girls are increasingly subject to depression, low self-esteem, body image disorders and even dangerous behaviors like bulimia.

Cover Girl Culture: Awakening the Media Generation exposes the deceptive imagery and practices of teen-targeted fashion magazines like Teen Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire and others. A feature-length documentary by filmmaker Nicole Clark – herself a former Elite International fashion model – Cover Girl Culture explores how the worlds of fashion, modeling, advertising and celebrity impact our teens and young women. Featuring interviews with teen fashion magazine editors, the film compares the supposedly “healthy” and “joyful” images presented by their models with the pictures run in the magazines themselves. It also offers – and encourages – conversations among actual teen girls about the implications of such imagery, helps them to consider the ways in which fashion and advertising attempt to manipulate them, and encourages girls to reject the misogynistic messages in the media they consume and embrace themselves as they are.

There is no harmful content in Cover Girl Culture. Many examples of models and magazine photo layouts are shown, and some of these show young girls in lingerie or sexy poses; but the purpose of these images is educational, to demonstrate how the fashion and advertising industries sell sex and distorted body image to our children, in the cause of teaching girls to understand and fight against such objectification. All of the pictures shown are images from actual fashion magazines, and none contain explicit nudity or sex.

Because of this film’s brilliant expose of the harmful influences of media, and for the ways in which it encourages teens to reject such influences, the Parents Television Council is proud to award Cover Girl Culture with the PTC Seal of ApprovalTM. The PTC recommends this DVD for every parent of a young or teenage girl, and for children over the age of eight.’ – Christoper Gildemeister, Parent’s Television Council.

Video Library Journal review

“…an informative and clever approach that sets it apart from other films on the topic” Video Librarian.

Review from producer of Thomas Jefferson documentary

“Cover Girl Culture” relentlessly pursues and uncovers the fashion media’s dark message to girls. Powerful segments of Nicole Clark’s film will inspire important conversations for preteens — boys as well as girls — their parents, counselors and teachers.  – Camilla Rockwell, producer of award winning “Thomas Jefferson” documentary. women’s rights review

CHANGE.ORG – Women’s Rights review:
A new documentary called “Cover Girl Culture” aims to “awaken the media generation,” showing the degenerative effect that the fashion and media industries have on young women’s self-esteem and body image.
The documentary, by former Elite International model NIcole Clark, shows how professionals in the fashion and media industries negate blame for the immense pressure on girls to be thin, sexual (and not just sexual, but hyper-sexed), and beautiful, and how younger and younger women are internalizing this pressure.  Girls as young as six identify models as idols and say they want to be thin and beautiful in order to become successful.
The editor of Teen Vogue claims that the shift towards skinnier and skinner models is simply a “societal evolution” which should be addressed by women’s studies classes, not the fashion media.
After all, what could the fashion media have to do with that evolution?  I can’t possibly imagine. Leave it to those raging feminists to go on their rants — we’re going to put that 80-pound fourteen year-old on our cover splayed on her bed in fishnets, thank you very much.
The film contains interviews with body image experts, teachers, psychologists, parents, models, and girls who are finding their way through cover girl culture. I admire its mission to show how all of this advertising, and all of these powerful and ubiquitous messages about sexuality and thinness and beauty, have deep and lasting effects on young women.
Best yet, it gives these young women voices instead of speaking down to them about not conforming to the media’s messages. It’s about waking up women’s consciousness about what we’re being sold, not telling us how to behave. This is what we need — more and more discussion, and more collective challenges to the ads that constantly remind us to be thinner and prettier and more neatly made up. – by Sarah Menkedick March 06th, 2010
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