Dena Ashbaugh


Dena Ashbaugh began modelling professionally at age 11. After four years modelling in Asia, she returned to Vancouver BC and attended Simon Fraser University to complete a joint major in Arts, Cultural Studies and Anthropology. She also began acting in commercials and film and television--DaVinci's Inquest, Psyche, Reaper, Andromeda, and Douglas Coupland's jPod. Studies and work in media led her question both the world she lived in and her long and arduous struggle with anorexia and bulimia.

This exploration began with a short experimental personal narrative film, the lines i draw upon my body. That fim led to a collaboration with Sonja Ruebsaat, the documentary No Numbers: Identity Beyond Measure, featuring stories from three different women who reflect on the impact of popuar media on body image and disordered eating.

Films by Dena Ashbaugh