Girl Model

PBS Premiere: March 24, 2013Check the broadcast schedule »

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Girl Model: Filmmaker Website
Visit the official site for Girl Model and get more information about the filmmaker, local screenings and press reviews. For additional information, visit the film's Facebook page and Tumblr.


Girls' Empowerment

Fair Girls
This organization works worldwide to prevent the exploitation of girls through education and empowerment. It runs a 24-hour crisis number to provide help.

Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts is a leadership development program for young girls. Participating girls are organized into local "troops" and earn badges and rewards for participating in various community programs and activities.

Girls For A Change
Girls for a Change is a national organization that provides young women the opportunity to develop and implement social change projects in their communities.

Girls Inc.
Girls Inc. is an outreach organization that supports a growing network of empowered girls who motivate each other to achieve their goals. Educational programs are offered to support leadership development and to combat negative messaging in the media. In addition, the organization's website includes a comprehensive library of fact sheets that cover a wide range of topics relevant to women.

Hardy Girls Healthy Women
Hardy Girls Healthy Women is a national, research-based nonprofit that empowers girls with knowledge, critical thinking skills and a platform to drive social change. The group's website offers an array of online resources, including tip sheets and links to other projects and organizations.

The Line Campaign
This nonprofit organization engages youth in critical dialogue about sexual violence. The website provides original media intended to inspire action, as well as the Circle of 6 app, designed to be used by college women to help prevent sexual violence.

Powered by Girl (PBG)
Powered By Girl (PBG) is a teen girl-driven media activism site that instigates awareness and transforms the landscape of girls' media to reflect more creative images of girls and women.

Project Girl
Project Girl uses art, media and youth-led activism to empower girls. The organization offers facilitated workshops and curricula designed to teach young women to become more critical consumers of media.

SPARK is an intergenerational girl-led movement that is working to end the sexualization of women and girls in the media.

Strong Women, Strong Girls (SWSG)
Strong Women, Strong Girls (SWSG) is a mentoring program that connects elementary school girls with college women to create skill-building opportunities and mutually empowering relationships. The program is active in Boston, Pittsburgh and Miami.

Body Image and Gender Issues

Adios Barbie
Adios Barbie collects body-positive resources, including blog posts, articles and related websites.

Association for Applied Sport Psychology
The Association for Applied Sport Psychology features an online resource center that includes information on muscle dysmorphia, a body image disorder that typically occurs in boys and men.

Healthy Is The New Skinny
Healthy Is the New Skinny is a platform designed to change the way women in the beauty and fashion industries think and feel about their bodies. The organization's outreach arm brings interactive presentations to schools and communities

National Eating Disorders Association
The National Eating Disorders Association offers support services for individuals and families affected by eating disorders. The organization's website provides resources and a section that details ways to help fight eating disorders.

Sexualisation of Young People Review
This is a review of academic literature (published in English) on sexualized media images of children. It serves as a valuable aggregation of central arguments and the evidence on which they are based.

The Industry

Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA)
The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) is a not-for-profit trade organization. In September 2012, the CFDA released guidelines for designers represented at New York Fashion Week that included information about labor laws and eating disorders.

Fashion Law Institute
Launched with the help of the CFDA and affiliated with Fordham Law School, the Fashion Law Institute is the first program focusing solely on the law and business of fashion. The school offers a course on fashion modeling law.

Federal Trade Commission: Look Out for Modeling Scams
The Federal Trade Commission provides basic guidelines for avoiding modeling agency scams. Additional information is available at and

The Model Alliance
This network of models and other industry professionals advocates for healthy and fair working conditions for models in the U.S. fashion industry. The group's website includes a Models' Bill of Rights, as well as a confidential system models can use to report sexual harassment, drug use and discrimination.

Radhika Gayatrinath & Associates
This law firm with offices in New York City and Bangalore, India, offers information on the application for the H1-B3 visas used by fashion models.

International Unions

Equity: Models' Area
Equity is a U.K. trade union for performers and artists and the first of its kind to represent models in the fashion industry. It works to improve conditions for models, focusing on areas such as minimum rates, insurance coverage, transportation, temperature control at shows and image usage restrictions.