Picture Me: A Model's Diary

Picture Me: A Model's Diary

Ole Schell and Sara Ziff in PICTURE ME: A MODEL'S DIARY, a film by Ole Schell and Sara Ziff.

Picture Me: A Model's Diary

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Picture Me: A Model's Diary (2010)

Also Known As: Picture Me

Opened: 09/17/2010 Limited

Angelika/NYC09/17/2010 - 09/23/20107 days
Sunset 5/LA09/24/2010 - 09/30/20107 days

Trailer: Click for trailer

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Genre: Documentary

Rated: Unrated


Picture Me, a raw and personal video diary, charts model Sara Ziff's rise from fresh face to one that adorns billboards and magazines around the world. Ziff and filmmaker, Ole Schell, co-direct the documentary, lifting the veil on the glamorous world of high fashion modeling, from photo shoots with celebrated photographers to runway shows in New York, Milan, and Paris. The film considers the ever increasing demand for adolescent models, the pressure to stay thin, sexual harassment and drug use. This intimate account features in-depth interviews with noted photographers and designers, and showcases personal footage shot by the models themselves, giving voice to those who are often seen, but rarely heard.

With appearances by models Missy Rayder, Cameron Russell, Diana Dondoe, and Caitriona Balfe, photographers Gilles Bensimon and Sam Haskins, designers Nicole Miller, Hussein Chalayan, and others.

Director's Statement

Picture Me began with us shooting several years of home video footage of my girlfriend, Sara Ziff, who was beginning a successful career as model. We were initially shooting for fun but after several people responded well to the footage, we decided to frame the personal home footage with interviews of other fashion industry insiders and models and cut a film out of it. We went to scores of shows and shoots while traveling to the major fashion cities including Milan, London and Paris. We even had Sara interviewed by a prominent female sociologist, Arlie Hochschild, who specializes in modern day feminism.