Colombian Fashion Week - Ass Implants & Couture


Uploaded by vice on 08.05.2012

Transcript:
CHARLET DUBOC: Hi.
I'm Charlet, the host of Fashion Week International.
[INTRO PLAYING]
[MUSIC PLAYING]
CHARLET DUBOC: I realize that there are fashion weeks going
on all over the world all the time that aren't Paris, New
York, London, Milan.
The episode you're about to watch is one of our favorites,
Colombia Fashion Week.
It's got everything in there, stroppy models, urban pole
dancing, Pablo Escobar's brother's even in there, and a
rather grisly bum implant operation.
So, yeah.
Here it is, Fashion Week International, Colombia.
[MUSIC PLAYING]
CHARLET DUBOC: Welcome to Fashion Week International, a
new show that reports on the most fabulous fashion weeks in
the world and the culture and politics behind them.
We were here for Colombia Fashion Week, a celebration of
Colombia's second most famous export, beautiful girls.

[MUSIC PLAYING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

MALE SPEAKER 1: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

[MUSIC PLAYING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

FEMALE SPEAKER 1: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

MALE SPEAKER 2: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]
MALE SPEAKER 3: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]
MALE SPEAKER 2: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

CHARLET DUBOC: Do you know there's a
fashion week going on?
MALE SPEAKER 4: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]
CHARLET DUBOC: Shh.

Most fashion weeks are synonymous for cocaine.
This fashion week is having an extra hard time totally trying
to dispel that because Medellin is the old stomping
ground of Pablo Escobar.
And yeah, we're just going to have a big fashionable time
and not take any cocaine.
We started in the trade show.
This wasn't so much high fashion as it was high street.
I couldn't help but notice the women perusing and working the
stores all flaunting their Latin curves.
The girls all stuck to fairly mainstream, high
street honey look.
But there was some who were at least making an effort.
Do you really think you're going to find the latest
trends here?
MALE SPEAKER 3: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

MALE SPEAKER 2: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

CHARLET DUBOC: Wow.

FEMALE SPEAKER 2: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]
CHARLET DUBOC: Well, it's really weird that she
obviously forgot that she had bum implants and a boob job.
But maybe there's a collective amnesia going on here.
That night we attended the first fashion show of the week
held in a disused factory across town.
It didn't take us long to make friends.
I was pounced on by the inimitable Diego who insisted
on taking me under his wing.

CHARLET DUBOC: Yeah!
Great walk!

CHARLET DUBOC: No?

CHARLET DUBOC: I have to be a little bit careful, OK.

MODEL 1: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

CHARLET DUBOC: Diego, what are we doing here?
DIEGO: OK.
Give me one second.
OK.
Hello, everyone.
OK.
We are in Colombia Moda.
OK.
Which is a very important event about money.
I mean, about, you know, this kind of stuff.
You know, this is very important for us.
OK.
CHARLET DUBOC: No.
I had no idea what he was talking about, but I knew it
was all very important.

DIEGO: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

JOHN: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

CHARLET DUBOC: Lost in translation
again, thanks to Diego.
It was an odd show and surprising first impression of
Colombian fashion.
Cocaine had gone from being the elephant in the corner of
the room, to just a giant pile of prop drugs in the
middle of the room.
The vibe was very European, a long way from what we'd seen
at the trade show.
We skipped across town to the next show in
search of some answers.
[MUSIC PLAYING]
CHARLET DUBOC: We're backstage at Colombia Moda.
And the models are practicing.
And they're really hot.
But they don't look like Colombian girls.
MALE SPEAKER 4: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]
[MUSIC PLAYING]
CARLOS: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

MODEL 2: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

CHARLET DUBOC: Narco beauty?
MODEL 2: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

CHARLET DUBOC: Would you say that this fashion week and
models like you represent the rest of Colombia?
MODEL 2: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

CHARLET DUBOC: She didn't like that question then.
The term narco beauty seemed to be as much to do with class
as fashion.
After the show, someone tipped us off about a separate
fashion event going on across town called
Moda para el Mundo.
I wanted to find out the buzz from some of the girls at
Colombia Moda.
Have you heard of this other fashion week, Para el Mundo?

FEMALE SPEAKER 3: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]
FEMALE SPEAKER 4: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]
FEMALE SPEAKER 5: Moda para el Mundo is more
like for people that--
I don't want to say it.
CHARLET DUBOC: The following day we resolved to check out
this other fashion week to see for ourselves.
So we've just arrived in, like, a
really fun area of town.
I guess you'd call it downtown.
It's literally a stone's throw from the actual, fashion week
but it's worlds apart.
It's called Moda para el Mundo, Fashion for the World.
And it's supposedly going to represent more
of Colombian fashion.
[MUSIC PLAYING]
CHARLET DUBOC: Wow.


MODEL 3: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

CHARLET DUBOC: How do you feel about the fact that the other
fashion week, Colombia Moda, they're slowly phasing out
Colombian girls and girls with curves?
MODEL 3: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

CHARLET DUBOC: Although some girls were natural, most
definitely had some help to achieve those curves.
The plastic surgery was ubiquitous on the cat walk.
MARIA: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]


CHARLET DUBOC: Hi.
MALE SPEAKER 1: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]
MALE SPEAKER 1: [SINGING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

[SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

CHARLET DUBOC: It was unusual for me to hear women's body
parts referred to as bits, comparable to accessories such
as sunglasses.

MALE SPEAKER 1: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

CHARLET DUBOC: What was that?
FEMALE SPEAKER 5: He just said [INAUDIBLE].
CHARLET DUBOC: Did he say that I need boobs or bum?
[MUSIC PLAYING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

CHARLET DUBOC: After one of the shows,
I made a new friend.
One of Medellin's most popular commercial fashion
photographers, Felipe.
He offered to give me the Colombian model experience to
gain some insight into Colombian girls' motives and
feelings about the way they present themselves.
FELIPE RESTREPO: Here's is one of my makeup artists.
FELIPE RESTREPO: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]
FEMALE SPEAKER 6: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]
FELIPE RESTREPO: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

CHARLET DUBOC: I don't think that's good.
What do you think?


CHARLET DUBOC: Wow.
How long is your pick?

We're trying on various really traumatic things.
And I don't think I'm ever coming out of this bathroom.
I'm going to try another one on.
Bye.


[MUSIC PLAYING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

CHARLET DUBOC: So we've arrived at the shoot location.
It looks amazing.
There's these cool old kind of carriages and stray dogs.
And it's a bit cold.
No.
LIZ: Please!
CHARLET DUBOC: No.
It's not happening.
Felipe's wife, ex-model, Liz, was determined to star me in
nothing but a bikini.
I wasn't giving in without a fight.
LIZ: Please!
You can.
You look--
[INTERPOSING VOICES]
CHARLET DUBOC: No.
I just don't want to be in my bikini top.
Yeah, but I'm not.
I'm just not.
I don't want this filmed either.
I did my best diva impression, and we argued 'til nightfall.

FELIPE RESTREPO: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]


CHARLET DUBOC: I felt so at odds with
myself in those clothes.
I think I have the beginnings of an identity crisis.


CHARLET DUBOC: We then moved location for the final shot
where, I have to say, things only deteriorated.
MALE SPEAKER 5: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]


CHARLET DUBOC: Oh.





CHARLET DUBOC: Let's face it.
No amount of retouching was going to make a
Shakira out of me.
For me, it would be off to the operating table.

We'd arranged to meet with one of Medellin's most revered
plastic surgeons to talk about the city's prolific cosmetic
surgery culture.
DR. JUAN MEJIA: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]
CHARLET DUBOC: Dr. Juan is finding himself performing
more gluteoplasties than ever before.
And it's no wonder, as the cost in Colombia is about a
third of what we might pay in the West.
He gave us a tour of his spotless office.
And to my combined horror and delight, invited us to shoot a
live gluteoplasty procedure later in the week.

DR. JUAN MEJIA: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

CHARLET DUBOC: If I lived here, I'd probably want to
look like that.
DR. JUAN MEJIA: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

CHARLET DUBOC: What changes have you seen since you
started practice?
DR. JUAN MEJIA: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

CHARLET DUBOC: Oh.
What's that?
DR. JUAN MEJIA: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]
CHARLET DUBOC: Oh, my God.
What was that?
Go back.
What is that?
Is she dead?
DR. JUAN MEJIA: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

CHARLET DUBOC: Do you think that a lot of young Colombian
girls think that if they have plastic surgery, it's going to
help them get a better quality of life and a richer
boyfriend, for example?
DR. JUAN MEJIA: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

CHARLET DUBOC: Girls objectifying themselves to
climb social ladders is nothing new.
However, there was one group of girls in Colombia who were
taking their femininity into their own hands.
I think they're up there.

Pin-Up Girls Pole Dancing School teaches that there are
other ways of getting a great figure and boosting your
self-esteem than going under the knife.
[MUSIC PLAYING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

ZULLI: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

FEMALE SPEAKER 6: But more than that, the goal of this
place is to change girls in the way they feel about
themselves.
CHARLET DUBOC: You're lean, or you're curvy, or strong.
FEMALE SPEAKER 6: Like, we looked amazing
because we feel amazing.
Like, you're real chunky and you carry yourself up proud,
you're going to look amazing.
FEMALE SPEAKER 7: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]
FEMALE SPEAKER 6: When she first came
here she had anorexia.
FEMALE SPEAKER 7: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

[MUSIC PLAYING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE]
CHARLET DUBOC: I'm about to learn how to pole dance.

ZULLI: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

CHARLET DUBOC: This is really awkward.
What do you do if you fall?
FEMALE SPEAKER 6: Some girls do fall.
And if you start to fall it's not, like, a big deal.
[MUSIC PLAYING]
FEMALE SPEAKER 6: Run with your feet first.
Really good for your first lesson.
CHARLET DUBOC: Really?
FEMALE SPEAKER 6: Yeah.
CHARLET DUBOC: I don't know how we can go back to the
fashion week now.
It's going to be [INAUDIBLE].

Yes.
Let's go outside.
ZULLI: OK.
CHARLET DUBOC: The girls were preparing to compete in the
national pole dancing championships in Bogota the
following day.
But before they left, they treated us to a taster of a
unique sport, urban pole dancing.
I guess it's like a sexy version of that most
tragically uncool pursuit, parkour.
[MUSIC PLAYING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]
MALE SPEAKER 6: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

CHARLET DUBOC: But, what if all the pole dancing in the
world isn't enough to plump your buns?
We headed across town to meet 44-year-old single mother,
Maria, the patient who we would witness go under Dr.
Juan's knife the following day.
We've arrived at the house of the patient who's having the
gluteoplasty tomorrow, AKA bum implants.
She lives up here somewhere.

MARIA: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]
CHARLET DUBOC: You're so beautiful.
She's so beautiful,
MARIA: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]
MARIA: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

CHARLET DUBOC: Are you dating anyone at the moment?
MARIA: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]
CHARLET DUBOC: And what does he think?
MARIA: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]
CHARLET DUBOC: How are you hiding it from him?
How are you getting away with it?
MARIA: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

[MUSIC PLAYING]
CHARLET DUBOC: Whilst the fashion continued minute by
minute, amazingly, I managed to wangle a meeting with
Roberto Escobar, the late Pablo's brother, accountant,
and general right-hand man.
I felt that if anyone could shed some light on narco
beauty, he might be the one.
ROBERTO ESCOBAR: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

CHARLET DUBOC: Can we please come into
your beautiful house?
ROBERTO ESCOBAR: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]
CHARLET DUBOC: Your brother obviously was attracted to
beautiful things.
Did that extend to the way he presented himself?
ROBERTO ESCOBAR: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

CHARLET DUBOC: What do you think about
this term, narco beauty?
ROBERTO ESCOBAR: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

CHARLET DUBOC: We abandoned that line of questioning and
let this sweet, old, blind man continue to touch me up as he
gave me the tour.
ROBERTO ESCOBAR: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

CHARLET DUBOC: How do I look?
ROBERTO ESCOBAR: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

CHARLET DUBOC: Ciao, Roberto.
[MUSIC PLAYING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

CHARLET DUBOC: Later on we battled against the traffic to
make it in time for Maria's surgery.

MARIA: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]
SISTER ALMA: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]
MARIA: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]
SISTER ALMA: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

DR. JUAN MEJIA: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

MARIA: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]
CHARLET DUBOC: She's obviously nervous.
She's holding it together quite well, unlike some of us.

DR. JUAN MEJIA: We are going to begin the surgical
procedure at this moment.

[SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

CHARLET DUBOC: When I see her lying there, it almost makes
me feel as if she's about 44.
She's pretty gorgeous.
It almost does seem a bit unnecessary.

DR. JUAN MEJIA: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

CHARLET DUBOC: I just have to try and stay calm.
As soon as we feel a bit sick, we have to leave immediately,
otherwise we will faint.
DR. MEJIA'S ASSISTANT: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]
DR. JUAN MEJIA: This is a regular kind of liposuction.
CHARLET DUBOC: I'm just pretending I'm watching TV.
And if I feel like changing the channel, I just look out
the window.
DR. JUAN MEJIA: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

Look at the skin without fat.
This is the side that we have finished.


[SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]


CHARLET DUBOC: I think It's like trying to get a square
peg in a round hole.

One implant's in, and one's halfway in.

Yay!
That's the second implant in.
DR. JUAN MEJIA: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

CHARLET DUBOC: Yes.
What's this?

DR. MEJIA'S ASSISTANT: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

CHARLET DUBOC: I've just witnessed my first
gluteoplasty.
And it looks amazing.
It looks really natural.
It looks so much better.
I'm a bit jealous to be honest.

We left Maria in recovery and moved on to the
final fashion show.

ANNOUNCER: [YELLING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE]
CHARLET DUBOC: The Leonisa Lingerie Show is a combination
of all the different beauty and style ideas we'd come
across during our time in Medellin.
Backstage was packed full of world class models, and yet
the energy and atmosphere was still uniquely Colombian.
MODELS: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

CHARLET DUBOC: Narco beauty is clearly a dying aesthetic, a
hangover from a time that was, in all seriousness, a fiercely
unhealthy chapter in Colombia's history.
It's no surprise that the new fashion trends are looking
towards a more sleek, European ideal.
Hopefully the Latin spirit doesn't become completely
diluted in the name of high fashion.
[MUSIC PLAYING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

CHARLET DUBOC: Someone said to me when we were backstage,
fashion in Medellin's always a fiesta.
And I think that kind of summed it up.
So now we're going to go and have a fiesta.
[MUSIC PLAYING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

CHARLET DUBOC: The afterparty was a bit of an anticlimax.
Inert models stood half-naked in cold, shallow water, gawked
at by gross men with bad hair and shirts, a depressing
example of how quickly the male gaze can
turn sexy into seedy.
It was getting late.
And before my cameraman was lost forever to an elevator
full of lingerie models, I felt we'd probably come to the
end of our Colombian jaunt.
[MUSIC PLAYING]
CHARLET DUBOC: We still had one last person to catch up
with before we left.
[MUSIC PLAYING]
MARIA: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]
CHARLET DUBOC: Maria.
MARIA: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]
CHARLET DUBOC: How did you feel when you woke up?
What was the first thing that came into your head?
MARIA: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

CHARLET DUBOC: You look like a model.
Your figure looks incredible.
MARIA: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

CHARLET DUBOC: Where does it hurt?
MARIA: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]


[MUSIC PLAYING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE]