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"About Face" lets supermodels explore the notion of lasting beauty

What happens when a stunning beauty ages? Sure, I could tell you, but I suggest you watch "About Face: Supermodels Then and Now" (9 tonight, HBO), which offers interesting and insightful perceptions from women who were in the business of beauty.

The roster of voices is deep; among those commenting are Carol Alt, Christie Brinkley, Pat Cleveland, Jerry Hall, Bethann Hardison, Beverly Johnson, Paulina Porizkova, Cheryl Tiegs and Isabella Rossellini.

Now older, the women are truly wiser. They look back with a mix of amusement, astonishment, bewilderment and clarity at their profession, its superficiality, its glories and its costs.  They are the survivors. When Porizkova, for instance, talks about the impossibility of knowing your identity at 15, while working in an industry that takes 15-year-olds and makes them look 20, you understand how fortunate they are to have thrived.

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