By Terry Kelleher
August 02, 1999 12:00 PM

TLC (Sat., Aug. 7, 9 p.m. ET)

The “streetwise magic” of Naomi Campbell. The “Sistine Chapel beauty” of Christy Turlington. This two-hour program about the world of modeling starts out sounding like a puff piece on pretty women. But director-host David Bailey, a veteran fashion photographer, does more than toss bouquets at the queens of the runway. In fact, some of the breezy documentary’s most memorable (though not most attractive) characters are men.

John Casablancas, head of Elite Model Management, looks very much the fat cat as he sips a libation in a limo and calls Campbell “selfish in a way that goes beyond imagination.” Interviewed in a hot tub, the perfectly named F. David Mogull explains how his Model Search America company takes in money for herding would-be glamor girls through mass auditions. And speaking of guys on the make, Bailey laughingly confesses to having slept with 300 to 350 models, “give or take 100.” By the time we get to the “terrible pressures” that contribute to drug abuse on the modeling scene, the picture doesn’t seem so pretty after all. But surely Bailey exaggerates when he says these lovely mannequins have “one of the toughest jobs in the world.”

Bottom Line: Not deep but diverting

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