America the Beautiful Documentary: Is America Obsessed with Beauty?

A movie that answers the question: Is America obsessed with beauty?

In Chicago? This movie opens next week! Go here for details.

Darryl Roberts – Director of “America the Beautiful” says;

America the Beautiful is my 2 year journey into the world of beauty obsession, pop culture and plastic surgery. Leading up to this sadistic epiphany, you couldn’t turn on the TV without seeing some new television show about someone trying to be a top model or someone getting nipped or tucked. That’s when it hit me – we’re on a quest for physical perfection. That’s our “latest craze.”

I went into production on America the Beautiful in January of 2003 to find out. My journey initially consisted of interviewing some of the most beautiful people that our team could find. One of the things that I noticed was that the so-called beautiful people didn’t feel beautiful themselves. Most of them measure themselves by the same standards that so-called “average” people do. What is the standard of beauty that we sometimes try so hard to achieve and why is it so important? What gains do you really get from being beautiful? Who sets the standard? These questions lead to some of the interesting findings in the upcoming documentary America the Beautiful, that yes, advertisers are selling us a very unrealistic view of beauty and we’re buying it, with every penny that we have.

Read more from the director…

Gerren Taylor, featured in the film, a model, is seen here on Fox news talking about her experience. A size 4 but called “obese” in the industry, this film helped her to accept herself when her industry told her she was not thin enough.

Even Ensler, of the Vagina Monologues, was also featured in the film. She says; “women have to refuse to play” these games media plays with our minds and advises women to “re-perceive” what beauty means in our own minds independent of the media hype.

If you’re in Chicago, lucky you! Write us a review. We wish we could be their eating popcorn next to you!


5 Responses

  1. BRAVO! How can we get women to understand this concept – The masses are brainwashed to think they MUST be so thin and big boobed to be happy. It makes me ill to see young girls so critical of themselves. My blog is about addressing this exact problem when girls are tweens and for Moms who get the problem. it’s the large numbers of grown women who are obsessed with feeling imperfect and spend $$$ trying to “fix” themselves that is so awful AND then when they raise their daughters with the same pressures …………….%#*@%#&!!! I get so angry that women are so STUPID

  2. Thank you for coming by, Candelady– yes, I certainly envy those in Chicago who get to see the movie first. It’s important for all of us to keep exposing these issues so that we can work together on them. Since we perpetuate these thoughts and our daughters absorb them, it’s time to break the chain.

    Dr. Robyn

  3. i saw this film saterday, it was great. 🙂

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