Sundance Film Festival’s “Miss Representation” Gives “Pretty Smart” A Whole New Meaning
Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s documentary is a powerful exploration of the pressure on women today.
I went to the Sundance Film Festival to cover it from a beauty perspective, and I was lucky enough to get a ticket to Jennifer Siebel Newsom‘s documentary Miss Representation (produced by Girl’s Club Entertainment). And let me tell you, it got me thinking. Before I get into the film, a few thoughts…
Beauty? Intelligence? Women? Leadership? When I’m watching TV or being bombarded by tons of images daily through social media, it would seem that as a society, we are speaking out of both sides of our mouths. “She’s so smart but did you see her hair?” That comment made national news last year in a Senatorial race in California. The remark was made from one female candidate about her female opponent’s hairstyle. She thought the microphone was off. In another important California race the female candidate was called a whore. Wow!
Hilary Clinton also comes to mind. This incredibly smart, accomplished human being is sometimes most remembered for her different hairstyles, hits and misses, when she was our First Lady. It continued on through her Senate and Presidential run. When she has a strong opinion she’s called a bitch; her male counterparts are called dynamic leaders when they speak out with conviction. One commentator said of Hilary, “That was a great speech, but why does she always wear those ugly pant suits?”
What’s wrong with this picture? Is it about how men treat women as equals or lack thereof? Is it about how women treat each other like they’re back in junior high and it’s another episode of Mean Girls?? Is it about money and power? Is Washington so broken that they have to resort to this sorority house mud slinging? Have we used images to tear women down when they assume positions of leadership based on intelligence and talent?
Are we all guilty of this?
Is it the easy, cheap way out to tear at a women’s image to make her accomplishments less important based on the lipstick she’s wearing? I think the answer to all of the above is a simply horrifying … YES.
So – back to the Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s documentary Miss Representation. Here’s a little glimpse: