I’ve been wondering if I should release this song for quite some time. Its seed was planted a few years back when I saw a fascinating documentary by Nadine Kuipers, Kiev - Paris. The next topmodel.
After quitting her own successful modelling career because of its extreme demands, Kuipers noticed how eastern European girls were taking over a big piece of the market. Apparently they were not so daunted by those demands. In the documentary Kuipers asks a simple question: Who are these girls? And then sets off in search of them.
Who are those eastern European girls that are so easily grouped together in their willingness to comply? To whom a set of values is collectively attributed that makes them more pliable, more eager and more determined? When they dream of becoming models, what is it exactly that they dream about? Kuipers follows a French agent to Kiev and watches him harvest tall, skinny beauties. The greed with which he pulls the tape measure around their tiny waists is fascinating.