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“Being a beautiful woman is not all that it’s cracked up to be,” according to Liza Figueroa Kravinsky, creator of a new documentary about the blessings and curses of being beautiful. “This is an important message for all women and girls, especially those that do dangerous things to be beautiful,” she said.

She came to this conclusion while making her film, “Beauty: In the Eyes of the Beheld,” which interviews everyday gorgeous American women. She followed the lives of former beauty pageant queens, a physician, an exotic dancer, an entrepreneur, and a musician who worked with famous rock star Prince.

“A pretty face can some things easier,” Kravinsky explained, “but it can complicate relationships and careers as well. Women who rely too much on their looks can end up being lost and lonely. Those that don’t may still be stereotyped.”

Another limitation on beauty’s blessings is that most of the women did not see their own beauty. “Even the beauty queens had lists of their own physical flaws to report,” Kravinsky said.

A short conversation inspired Kravinsky to create her film. Growing up, she heard legends about how beautiful her grandmother was. Most notably, the most famous artist in the Philippines made a sculpture of her. One day she asked her what it was like to be so beautiful. Her grandmother replied, ”When you’re the one, you don’t think you’re so pretty.” “Years later, I made a documentary about this question, whose answer was not as obvious as I thought it would be,” said Kravinsky.

“Beauty: In the Eyes of the Beheld” will soon be included in the National Eating Disorders Association's list of body image educational tools. Alan Duffy, the Health Educator at American University, called Kravinsky’s film “compelling” and added, “[Liza] provided an insightful question and answer session after the screening, which engaged the audience for more than twenty minutes.”

Psychiatrist Hilary Klein, M.D. described the film as "A remarkably subtle yet surprising look at the self images of those society calls 'beautiful'."

Girl Fest Hawaii Film Festival organizer Valerie McDougle said, "This thought provoking documentary... proved to be one of Girl Fest's ... audience favorites."

“We were impressed with the lively discussion the film generated among the audience about issues related to female beauty,” commented Adele Schmidt and Erica Ginsberg, co-founders of Docs in Progress, which screened the film as a work in progress.

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Liza Figueroa Kravinsky, President of Art Palette Productions, is an award winning filmmaker, music composer, and actress with national broadcast credits. She has won Bronze Cindy, Telly, ITVA Best Take, and Platinum awards.

"Beauty: In the Eyes of the Beheld," her independent documentary production, won a semi-finalist award at the Moondance International Film Festival. It was also screened at the Indie Spirit and Girls Fest Hawaii Film Festivals.

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