Pretty Ugly - Misfit Models

  • Emmy

Pretty Ugly forms in a snotty and naughty way a counter-proposal to the obsession with beauty. With anarchic wit, Del Keens, the most ugly photo model in the world, leads us through the cosmos of the imperfect.




52 min


Jan Tenhaven


What is beautiful? What is ugly? One of the oldest questions of mankind took on a new dimension. Cosmetic surgery, botox and photoshop – it has never been this easy to appear flawless. Nevertheless, in vanity fair – in fashion, advertising and pop culture – there is a place for character modelling. Every now and then there is a demand for unique faces and authentic people.

Del Keens is well known as the most ugly model of the world. In the 1990’s he helped several world-famous fashion brands to create a shrill image for themselves. Now he starts his second career: In Berlin, he wants to start his own agency for models who do not meet the standard beauty ideal – “Misfit Models”. But the question remains: Is society in fact ready to accept the aesthetic of imperfection? Or do the underdog models only present a contrast to the common ideals of beauty?

Written and directed by
Jan Tenhaven

Thomas Schneider
Tanja Häring

Thomas Funk

Kristine Langner


Georg Tschurtschenthaler
Susanne Radehof

Line Producer
Kathrin Isberner

Production Manager
Nick Pastucha

Executive Producer
Christian Beetz

Commissioning Editor (WDR/arte)
Lena Brochhagen
Christiane Hinz

Pretty Ugly – Misfit Models
  • „Just in diesem Moment überraschen uns die aus dem Theaterbereich stammenden jungen Regisseure Hans Block und Moritz Riesewieck mit einem erstaunlichen Dokumentarfilm, der seit Monaten Publikum und Kritik auf den wichtigsten Festivals der Welt elektrisiert. Völlig zu Recht: Es ist, als würden einem die Scheuklappen weggerissen, als sähe man das, was sich seit Jahren direkt vor unseren Augen abspielt, zum ersten Mal unverschleiert... eine fesselnde ,Doku noir' mit höchstem Anspruch...Dieser Film müsste an allen Schulen gezeigt werden.“
    Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

In co-production with

  • wdr

In association with

  • arte

Supported by

  • ffa