& YWCA partner to focus
America’s unhealthy obsession with beauty
premiere of America the Beautiful Nov. 11
In almost 40,000 media
messages a year, young Americans are being told that unless you look like a
supermodel or rock star, you’re simply not good enough.
This is a message that too many people are buying.
Darryl Roberts, in a unique
partnership with the YWCA, goes on a
two year journey to examine America’s new obsession; physical perfection. In America
the Beautiful, secrets, confessions, and strikingly harsh realities are
learned as Roberts unearths the origins and deadly risks of our nation’s quest
for physical perfection.
concept of female beauty is exclusionary, alienating those who don’t meet the
standards of an artificial ‘ideal.’ This issue affects every woman and girl
in America,” says Lorraine Cole, YWCA USA’s CEO. “It is time we ignite a
cultural change in this nation to end the harmful pursuit of the elusive beauty
is an epidemic of young girls who suffer from low self-esteem related to body
image when exposed to models on glossy pages of supermarket magazines. They find
themselves wishing they looked more like ‘that’. The hope of achieving these 'ideals' has consumers purchasing
cosmetics, toiletries, fashion and plastic surgeries at increasingly dramatic
The YWCAs of Western New York, Tonawandas and
Niagara, in a joint advocacy effort to confront the superficiality and health
threats of beauty standards in this country, are hosting the Buffalo area
premiere of America the Beautiful
Tuesday, November 11 at the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda. Roberts will be
on hand to lead a question and answer discussion after the film.
General admission tickets for the 7 p.m. movie are $10. A limited number
of $50 tickets will include a pre-movie reception with Roberts.
the heart of America
the Beautiful is the true story of Gerren Taylor, a teenager who went
from being an innocent 12-year-old girl to becoming one of America’s next top
supermodels. As her career
progresses, viewers watch the dichotomy between Gerren's adolescent struggles
and her adult “rights of passage” on the catwalks of Marc Jacobs, DKNY, Tommy Hilfiger and other top designers.
It becomes apparent how the same beauty that jump-started her career
would ultimately destroy her young life.
delves deep into America's culture of fear, consumption, and idolatry for all
things external and seeks answers from celebrities, media, academia, as well as
everyday Americans. He asks Paris Hilton, Jessica Simpson, Aisha Tyler, Anthony
Kedis, Tisha Campbell, Julianne Moore, Michael Beach, Mena Suvari, Martin Short,
as well as Ted Casablanca from the E! Channel and Susan Schulz, the
Editor-in-Chief of CosmoGirl!, plus
others, the major question at hand… Does
America have an unhealthy obsession with beauty?
tickets are available at the Riviera Theatre, and the YWCAs of Niagara,
Tonawandas and Western New York.