Sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll? That’s just the half of it! New documentary on models reveals all sorts of not-so-beautiful truths about a glam industry
- Last Updated: 11:46 PM, July 19, 2012
- Posted: 10:53 PM, July 18, 2012
Queens of the runway and the elite world of glossy magazines, they famously didn’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day. Now the former glamazons of the 1970s and 1980s give a behind-the-scenes look into their dazzling domain in the upcoming HBO documentary “About Face: Supermodels, Then and Now,” airing July 30. Here, they talk about self-esteem, the cult of youth, drugs, beauty as a commodity — and the reinvention that can come with aging.
PAULINA PORIZKOVA, 47
Then: Signed a $6 million deal in 1988 with Estée Lauder, then the highest-paying modeling contract in the world.
Now: Author and blogger, lives in NYC with husband Ric Ocasek, of rock band the Cars, and their two kids.
PRESSURES AND INSECURITY
“I don’t think there is any 15-year-old girl who will turn down the chance to be called beautiful. You don’t realize at that point that you’re [also] going to get called ugly. They [the editors] would open my portfolio and start discussing me. ‘Good nose, but what are we going to do about those teeth?’ ‘Don’t worry, don’t make her open her mouth’. ‘I don’t like the color of her hair!’ Every job felt like it was going to be my last.”
SEX ON THE JOB
“What people called sexual harassment, we called compliments. If a 16-year-old is kind of flattered by a man pulling out his penis in front of her, that’s kind of noteworthy.”
“I don’t really know how one day it happened and I thought: ‘Y’know what? I deserve to be called beautiful.’ That thought probably didn’t come to me until about two years ago when I looked at old pictures of myself [at 24] and thought: ‘Damn, I was good-looking!’ I look back at my body now and think, ‘I should have been naked [then] all the time!’
JERRY HALL, 56
Then: Scored more than 40 magazine covers by 1977, including French Vogue and Cosmopolitan. Danced in then-fiancé Bryan Ferry’s 1976 music video “Let’s Stick Together.”
Now: A stage actress and face of Invisible Zinc sun care with daughter Georgia May Jagger, 20, one of her four kids by former lover Mick Jagger, lives in Richmond, England.
“I think it’s bad that we have as role models people who look scary to young children. They’re cutting up their faces. Their ears have gone weird. They take fat from their bottoms and stick it in their lips so when you kiss them, you’re kissing their bottom — that is so disgusting!”
“Of course, it’s no fun getting old and sick and dying. We all know that’s coming, and it’s a bore. But people are living longer, they are healthier longer, they have sex longer; why shouldn’t we be allowed to age and why shouldn’t we be respected for it? When I turned 50, I felt a sense of achievement. I’ve lived 50 years! I made it! The other thing about getting older is that you can be a little bit more eccentric. People will let you sleep late, go around in your lingerie.”