"The idea of this documentary came when I attended the party of a hairstylist Harry King who reconnected with these amazing models on Facebook," explains Greenfield-Sanders before a screening of the film. When I walked into the room it smelled like Charlie and reminded me of Studio 54, filled with all of these famous, supermodels who led fascinating lives. And I wanted to capture their stories." From 81-year-old China (pronounced Cheena and pictured above) Machato to über free spirit Pat Cleveland, Beverly Johnson, model-activist Bethann Hardison, model-artist-actor Isabella Rosselini, 80s "It" model Paulina Porizkova, and the elegant Carmen Dell'Oreifice, and much, much more, the film gives us a rare history lesson of the first and second generations of supermodels. What started out as portraits of models who became legends in the 1970s and 1980s, quickly expanded to include models like China and Carmen, who were both working in the 1940s and whose modeling careers have received a rebirth today because their stories are just as relevant. And as stories are wont to do, what began as portraits by Greenfield-Sanders, easily morphed into a documentary detailing who these women really are, how the industry impacted their lives and what became of them post-modeling.
The documentary opens with a question about plastic surgery and whether or not Carmen felt the need to have it. Her reply? "Well if the roof of your house caved in would you not fix it?" And this sets the tone for the level of candor you'll hear in this documentary.