Why 13-Year-Old Russian Farm Girls Shouldn't Go Model in Japan

03.28.12 Marina Galperina

13Meet Nadya. Her prepubescent looks are a perfect fit for Japan’s amatuer-harvesting modeling industry. Her family’s financial desperation in a Siberian village is perfect for Ashley, the talent scout, seen in the opening scene of the Girl Model documentary trailer helping a leery-eyed suit pluck out 12 and 13-year-olds from a line of bikinied, doe-eyed child waifs. Later: “I want to go home, mom.”

*Spoiler* from Dangerous Minds.

She’s promised $8000 worth of modeling work and returns home $2000 in debt. Next time you’re all like aww Monika Jagaciak, aww Brita Täpp… Shut up. Those were the Cinderellas. These girls are the civilian casualties.