"Agencies run girls by fear. They tell them...'The next girl is coming right up behind you, you can't miss this campaign, you'll be thrown out tomorrow.' They all live in fear, and that will do them in."

ABOUT THE FILM

Every year thousands of young girls around the world apply to modeling agencies with the hope of seeing themselves on the cover of Vogue. Once they dreamed only of becoming movie stars, but with the dawn of the "Supermodel" - modeling has suddenly become the most coveted career for teenage girls throughout the world. The one-name wonders like Cindy, Naomi, Claudia and Kate are without a doubt the teenage idols of the 90's - but should they be?

Four girls: PETRA SVABENSKA from the Czech Republic, SUSANNE HOPPE from Germany, SARAH COOKSON from Great Britain, and DANA DOUGLAS from the United States, have two things in common - each is a beauty contest winner and each is hyped by their agents as the next potential Supermodel.

BEAUTOPIA follows the career of these four teenage models as they travel throughout the world in search of the coveted "big break" that will propel them into stardom. Contrary to the glamorous lifestyles portrayed on television, or the drug-infested profession presented in the tabloids, BEAUTOPIA examines what life is really like for these young girls as they work hard to establish themselves while trying to grow up at the same time.

Having arrived in their new environments in the international markets, it is immediately clear that they are completely on their own. Agencies have little time for guidance, professional or otherwise - and either these girls get work or they are sent home. The girls, left to their own devises, are confronted with foreign languages and a mature environment with little sympathy for youth and inexperience. In one of the business' little ironies, these beautiful young girls are constantly urged to change their look. And rather than earning money, they are forced to spend it having new pictures taken or paying rent for the small rooms they share with strangers.

As the agencies develop a sophisticated commercial facade for each of them, it is the girls' individuality and confidence that suffers. As Lauren Hutton puts it, "Agencies run girls by fear. They tell them...'The next girl is coming right up behind you, you can't miss this campaign, you'll be thrown out tomorrow.' They all live in fear, and that will do them in." In fact, by the end of the film, tow of these hopeful girls will be "thrown out", and sent home.

BEAUTOPIA is not only a portrait of lost childhoods, but a commentary on the societies that still cling to the image of eternal youth. Filled with interviews by leading fashion experts from designers and editors to the Supermodels and agents, BEAUTOPIA exposes the business behind beauty. Director Katharina Otto demystifies the glamour of the profession by drawing us into the personal struggles of girls thrown into a world they've helped create with their own hero worship - a dream world called BEAUTOPIA.

FEATURING

Sarah Cookson

Dana Douglas

Susanne Hoppe

Petra Svabenska

Carla Bruni

Naomi Campbell

Helena Christenson

Cindy Crawford

Lucy de la Falaise

Eva Herzigova

Lauren Hutton

Veruschka von Lehndorf

Elle Macpherson

Kate Moss

Claudia Schiffer

Veronica Webb

Francesco Scavullo

Oscar de la Renta

Karl Lagerfeld

Calvin Klein

Isaac Mizrahi

Valentino

and many other familiar faces...

CREW

Line Prouducer

Penny CM Stankiewicz

Associate Producers

Alda Balestra

 

Penny CM Stankiewicz

Director of Photography

Oliver Bokelberg

Editor

Bernadine Colish

Technical Advisor

Alda Balestra

Sound

Jeff Livesey

Original Music

Hayley Moss and
Frank Otto &
Bernt Kohler-Adams

Assistant Producer

Kathrin Juergens

Music Supervisor

Desiree LaValette

Additional Musical Composictions

Johannes Barthmes

New York Production Coordinator

Justin Hixon

Prague Production Coordinators

Micha Brossi

 

Marek

Hamburg Production Coordinator

Birgit Eickbohm

Milan Production Coordinators

Alda Balestra

 

Mario Mazzeo

Paris Production Coordinator

Florence du Luart

Assistant Editors

June Shiiki

 

Chris Robertson

Second Assistant Editor

Gerald Sampson

Gaffer

David Devlin

Additional Gaffers

Matt Williams

 

Roch Dutkowiak

First Assistant Cameras

Tracy Atkinson

 

Chris Paul

 

Pete Sillen

 

Jack Reichert

Grips

David Burroughs

 

Donald Peiffer

 

Margot Kingon

Production Office Coordinators

Kathrin Juergens

 

Patrizia Bonetti

Assistant Production Office Coordinators

Holger Kupternagel

 

Nicholas Mortimer

Production Assistants New York

Eric Wrolstad

 

Adam Grabel

 

Yale Gurney

 

Matthew Van Dolen

 

Gerald Sampson

Assistants to the Director

Kathrin Juergens

 

Chris Kim

 

Andrea Ashton

European Bus Driver

Jean Marie Lasiner

Title Design

Matthew Van Dolen

Titles by

The Effects House

Music Clearance

Penny CM Stankiewicz

Print Clearance/Additional Narration

Ralph Howard

Make Up

Darac

Sound Editor

Ron Kalish

Sound Mixer

Michael Jordan

Negative Cutter

Noelle Penraat

Legal Services Provided by

Larry Shire &

 

Mark Steverson

Insurance

Stephen Carroll

THANK YOU'S - MODELS

Carol Alt

Alda Balestra

Dalma Callado

Karin Copeland

Debbie Dietering

Carmen Dell'Orefice

Daniel de la Falaise

Nina Griscom

Marpessa Henning

Michelle Hicks

Kadija

Christina Kruse

Gunilla Lindblad

Saira Moyhan

Tatjana Patitz

Jenny Shimizu

Taliima Smith

Roshumba Williams

Sabine Wittke

Kirat Young

THANK YOU'S - DESIGNERS

Pierre Balmain

Geoffery Beene

Chanel

Gianfranco Ferre

Romeo Gigli

Joop!

Thierry Mugler

Maria Spadafora

Harriet Selling

Richard Tyler

Vivienne Westwood

THANK YOU'S - PHOTOGRAPHERS

Peter Beard

Werner Bokelberg

Sergio Caminata

Patrick Demarchelier

Aldo Fallai

Fabrizio Ferri

Antonio Guccione

Corinne Juliano

Nadir

Ulli Rose

Mario Testino

Antoine Verglais

Stephan Ziehen

AGENTS & AGENCIES - IN NEW YORK

Bethann Management

Bethann Hardison

Elite Model Management

John Casablancas

 

Lisa Hertzog

 

Ann Veltri

 

Oscar Reys

 

Corine Nichols

Elite Runway

Ellen Harth

Ford Agency

Eileen Ford

Metropolitan Model Management

Thomas Zeumer

 

Aline Souliers

 

Timothy Carrigan

Wilhelmina Models Inc.

Natascha Esch

 

Dieter Esch

Women Model Management

Stuart Cameron

 

Paul Rowland

Working Models Modeling School

Marla Ramsamooj

 

Victoria Polagye

AGENTS & AGENCIES - IN PARIS

Elite Paris

Gerard Marie

 

Raphael

Karin's Models

Ruth Malka

Marilyn Agency

Marilyn Gaultier

 

Ulla Casaniella

AGENTS & AGENCIES - IN MILAN

Elite Milan

Brunella Casella

 

Christiane Hudelot

Why Not? Agency

Tiziana Casali

 

Gianpiero Paoletti

 

Alessandra Rodolfo

AGENTS & AGENCIES - IN HAMBURG

Mega Models

Ted Linow

 

Linda

 

Wolfarth

Pro Mod Agency

Andreas Strachewski

 

Joachim Haus

 

Silvie Laue

 

Loretta Wilger-Asmus

 

Daisy Ramos

AGENTS & AGENCIES - IN PRAGUE

Eastern Model Management

Micha Brossi

PUBLICATIONS & ORGANIZATIONS

Bergdorf Goodman

Ellen Saltzman

Frederick Fekkai Salon

Frederick Fekkai

Harper's Bazaar

Paul Cavacco

Mademoiselle Magazine

Mouschette Bell

Revlon

Chris Royer

Self Magazine

Stephano Tonchi

Vogue

Preston Davis

Amica Magazine Anna Magazine

BRW Video

City Video

Club Tainos

Drory Burstin

Donna Magazine

Monica Lazzari

Italian Elle

Manuela Goran

Harper's Bazaar- Italy

Nuccia Schiova

 

Della Schiova

Moda Magazine

Marina Fausti

Brigitte Magazine

En Waller

Otto Versand

Marco Schubert

 

Heinke Thomsen

Petra Magazine

Petra Schuler

 

Ragna Mierau

Martz Group

Frank Martz

Czek Elle

Helena Katharina Fialova