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Scratch The Surface (1997)
Starring: Phoebe Cates, Valerie Cates, Lisanne Falk, Tracy Fitzpatrick, Pamela Gidley, Bridget Hall, Whitney Houston, Brooke Shields
Director: Tara Fitzpatrick
Category: Documentary
Studio: Vanguard
78 mins



Have you ever wondered what it's really like to be an internationally-known supermodel at the age of seventeen? It's not what you think.

After working for many years in the modeling business as a successful junior model, following in the footsteps of her mother and grandmother, and gracing the covers of fashion magazines Seventeen and Vogue.

Model turned filmmaker Tara Fitzpatrick reflects on her years as a model. The film challenges their experiences as models, keeping in mind that this early experience helped shape not only their self images but also those of countless young women across the United States. The film touches upon the power of this ideal for young women at this awkward and significant age. Scratch the Surface opens the shutter on a business that may be glamorous but also reveals the reality behind the mask.
-What does it mean to have a pretty face?

This personal and fascinating film includes interviews with Fitzpatrick's closest friends from her days as a young model, including Brooke Shields, Phoebe Cates, Valerie Cates, Tracy Fitzpatrick, Whitney Houston, Pamela Gidley, and Lisanne Falk, and features the perspective of supermodel Bridget Hall, who, at seventeen years old, is just now hitting her prime. This is a must see for anyone interested in the modeling industry, from an insider's point of view.