A Little Muse

A Little Muse

Sara Ziff

There’s something really special about Sara-we met almost ten years ago when she was starting out as a young model.  We were in LA when my husband Michael photographed her for 10 MagazineShe looked like a young Julie Christie- all blonde, barefoot and sun kissed. We all hung out on Malibu beach and were filled with both laughter and fear as we tried several times to get Mickey the horse to cross the highway to the path that led down to the beach. He made it and the photograph was stunning!  Early on, Sara and her then boyfriend Ole Schell who was at the time a film student started documenting her modeling career.  Sara would sneak Ole into fashion shows, shoots and parties-filming early go sees to Sara’s reaction on seeing herself on a huge Tommy Hillfiger billboard campaign. The 100’s of hours of footage culminated into the award winning documentary Picture Me giving a true sense of what really goes on behind the modeling industry.  We follow Sara’s trajectory from young teenager to super model status and witness her acceptance call to Columbia University-a very moving moment in the film!  Since graduating from Columbia Sara has dedicated herself to fighting for models rights.  She has partnered with Fordham University’s Fashion Law Institute to start up a Model Alliance-a not-for-profit organization that provides models a platform to organize for better workplace protections.

Knowing Sara was such a baking enthusiast we went to Four and Twenty Blackbirds, my favorite Pie Bakery in Brooklyn. We had such a wonderful day! The similarities I see between Sara and Tallulah really move me-the film brings tears to my eyes every time!!  Two lovely, lovely sweet souls!

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