"Straight/Curve" is a must-see film about why representation matters, and how far we still have to go.
When we spoke to director Jenny McQuaile last year, she was pushing her model diversity documentary Straight/Curve through the final stages of a Kickstarter campaign. "Real change is happening right now, and it is snowballing," she said. "A lot of people are worried that this emergence of the curvy woman is a passing trend, but this time, I honestly feel it is here to stay."
Nine months later, McQuaile's documentary feels like something we need now more than ever. Its body-positive message is empowering, but unapologetic. McQuaile doesn't just source opinions from models and impressionable young girls — she demands answers from those with the power to really make change happen. A new trailer for her documentary includes perspectives from fashion industry insiders such as agents, casting directors, and designers. "I think it's incredibly dangerous to see such a narrow representation of bodies," says Becca McCharen, who has tirelessly championed model diversity at NYFW with her boundary-pushing brand Chromat. "When you open up a magazine and see beauty ads with all white women," she says, giving "diversity" its most inclusive interpretation — "I want that to be shocking." We still have a long way to go, but the idea no longer seems inconceivable.
Text Hannah Ongley