Smile Pretty

What do would-be teenage beauty queens have to gain from competing in pageants? These rituals give a unique perspective on growing up female.

Premiere Date
November 1, 1999
Length
60 minutes
Producer

Carol Cassidy

A graduate of the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women, Carol produced and directed the ITVS program, Baby Love, which won a Golden Apple from the National Educational Media Association. She also produced and directed the PBS series Girls in America, and co-produced and co-directed Wildwood, New Jersey, a documentary about Show more working-class women and girls. Carol has worked in news and documentary for Cable News Network and Turner Broadcasting System, producing award-winning work on the war in Bosnia, the Somalia famine, the end of the Cold War, and the Gulf War. Show less

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The Film

With self esteem at the forefront, Smile Pretty asks what would-be teenage beauty queens have to gain from competing in pageants, and what these rituals tell us about growing up female.

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