A duo of Haines girls are in Los Angeles this weekend to tell Hollywood studio executives that they're not happy with the way women are portrayed in the movies.
Genny Szymanski, 12, and Annie Hansen, 13, are part of a group of 34 girls and their chaperones who will sit down with studio brass to develop a list of "best practices" to improve portrayals of girls and women on the big screen.
The weekend is sponsored by the alternative girls' magazine New Moon. The magazine's editors picked a poem Szymanski wrote about Hansen to publish in a recent edition.
Along with publication came a spot with the magazine's traveling delegation, and the chance to meet with Lindsey Wagner and other stars to talk about the issue.
"I didn't know at all this was part of it. I thought I was going to get published and be famous and that was it. This was more than I bargained for," Szymanski said Wednesday from her Hollywood hotel room.
The local girls are going to take advantage of the opportunity to let filmmakers know how they feel.
"We're going to tell them that girls need to see women who look like regular people, not somebody who they'll never get to be like. We want them to emphasize what's inside," Genny said.
Hansen cited the recent release "Miss Congeniality" as an example of a film that shows women can be beautiful and tough. She said Wednesday she plans to tell studio execs she's tired of films that portray beautiful women as good, and plain women as bad.
"That tells girls that if they don't look a certain way, they'll be rejected."
Hansen said she doesn't have a favorite actress. "Not really. I just watch what looks good to me."