About Face director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders between models Beverly Johnson (left) and Cheryl Tiegs (right)
Sports Illustrated covers and editorial spreads flash across the screen and it’s as if
supermodel Paulina Porizkova is finally seeing what the rest of the world has been looking at for the decades that she’s been a star in the fashion and beauty biz. “I should have been naked all the time!” Porizkova, now 47, tells the camera, blue eyes wide and rapturous. Porizkova’s epiphany comes courtesy of
About Face: The Supermodels, Then and Now, a documentary screening this week as part of Toronto’s Hot Docs festival. The doc’s director is
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, the famed American photographer, who displays his adeptness at teasing out
aha! moments about aging gracefully from some of the world’s most iconic faces. And it turns out they have a lot to say. The doc’s subjects—from Carmen Dell’Orefice and China Machado to Beverly Johnson and Christy Turlington— are fiercely critical and hyper-aware of the modelling world and their fleeting place in it.