The Super Models Review: The documentary TV mini-series, directed by Academy Award winner Roger Ross Williams and Larissa Bills, spotlights the remarkable careers of Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington. The series has 4 episodes, each with a runtime of around 60 minutes.
The Supermodels Plot
The docuseries follows the astronomical rise to fame of the world’s most recognised supermodels – Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington. Starting in the 1980s, four different women from four corners of the world would find their way to the covers of some of the most renowned magazines before taking the world by storm.
The docuseries, narrated solely by these phenomenal women themselves, follows their lives using their own words and the ups and downs in their careers as well as the difficulties that they faced along the way.
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The Supermodels Review
The docuseries, narrated in four parts by the fashion icons themselves, the series is a very emotional and gentle look into the lives of these fierce women in a man-eat-man world, and the audience is pulled into their personal and professional lives as they emotionally discuss their highs as well as their lows.
You’d expect the series to focus on one person per episode, considering there are four episodes and four people. However, we go through all of their stories together, one right after another, and, given the context, it makes sense since these extraordinary women started off together, stuck together through thick and thin and came out of the other side stronger than ever – together.
Throughout the episodes, one thing that is beautifully highlighted is their strong friendship. In any industry, these relationships are extremely important because of the issues that women have to face every day. Their friendship is something that women can take inspiration from in any field; the idea that your fellow colleague can and will be beside you if you face harassment or discrimination is a matter of safety as well as empowerment. Thus, it is wonderful to listen to Crawford, Evangelista, and Turlington stand up for Campbell when she was clearly facing racial discrimination and helping her get the jobs that she rightfully should have in the first place.
The docuseries, although quite long, is an entertaining and heartwarming watch only because, in spite of being well-known faces all across the world, these women feel relatable and quite humble. They ask for what is right and stand up for themselves when the world tries to take them down. It’s quite empowering, to be quite honest. With sexism being a raging issue both then and now, viewers will find it interesting to see how the supermodels were termed to be difficult and asking for too much, when (as they also note) a male model doing the same wouldn’t be given the same monikers.
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The Super Models, thus, does give quite a great look into these aspects of the four women’s lives. However, we don’t get to see too much into their personal lives or their lives outside of the fashion industry. Although we are reminded of the fact that they are human beings at the end of the day, we don’t see them living their everyday lives. In fact, the moments that are caught of them in the present are also of them working (together or separately), and it’s just Evangelista that feels closer to your heart because you see several facets of her life throughout the years that make her more relatable than the others.
We also don’t see too many of the negative areas of the models in their earlier years or dive too deep into the issues that they have faced in the modelling industry, one which is not unknown for its poor treatment of its models. Sure, there are some really bad or big incidents mentioned here and there, but we never dive too deep into them or see the models discuss how they truly affected them. We are mostly taken on a ride down the better parts of their work-life and what they have done over the years. It feels a little impersonal and doesn’t seem to capture the true essence of their journeys.
The Super Models Review: Final Thoughts
The AppleTV+ docuseries is an interesting look into the lives and times of the most well-known supermodels in the fashion industry, who have changed the fashion world in more ways than one. The series is quite entertaining, albeit a bit impersonal, and makes for an easy watch if you have ever wanted to know about these talented women.
The Super Models is streaming on AppleTV+.
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