It’s said that the brain processes images 60,000 times faster than words, so when it comes to the conversation around body positivity, inclusive representation in images not only matters, it’s imperative. Director/producer Jenny McQuaile aims to address these issues in her forthcoming Epix original documentary Straight/Curve.
Available exclusively on ELLE.com, watch the extended trailer of McQuaile’s film, where industry titans like Iskra Lawrence, Tim Gunn, Tess Holiday, and Philomena Kwao discuss how we can change the fashion and beauty industry moving forward.
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“With Straight/Curve I set out to question what is standing in the way of more diversity and inclusivity in the fashion industry and media. The answers are complex and multi-faceted. The film raises the issues of public health, implicit bias, societal norms, and the lack of education, through the lens of the fashion industry,” McQuaile writes to ELLE.com.
But this isn’t just a documentary for “fashion people” says the film maker. “Even if you’re not interested in fashion, you cannot ignore the root causes of negative body image—as they have absolutely nothing to do with fashion and everything to do with us as people,” McQuaile argues. “One of the most important parts of the film for me are the teenage girls talking about their body image. When young girls are telling us they feel disgusting or less than we simply cannot ignore it anymore. I hope Straight/Curve can show young girls and boys, women and men, that they are not alone and it serves to open a dialogue. In 2017 it is not okay that young people feel they cannot do something or achieve their dreams because of the way they look,” says McQuaile. “That is wrong and we have to do something about it.”
Straight/Curve airs on Epix June 21 at 8:00 P.M. EST