There's a new show premiering on TV Land on June 4th called She's Got The Look, where women 35 and older compete for a modeling contract and a Self magazine spread. It's like ANTM for soccer moms! Anyway, it reminded me of Whitney's exit speech after she was crowned the first "full-figured" winner of Top Model. Whitney went on and on about how she wants to be a role model for young girls, how she wants them to look at her and think, "I can do that. I can be that. I can be on that billboard and be on that magazine, because I'm beautiful from the inside out." While I think that the prevailing media images of "beauty" are too narrow and oppressive, modeling shouldn't be a paramount goal for any child, teen, or over-35 year old.
The idea that modeling makes you feel good about your looks in the first place is flat out wrong. Models are constantly told that they're too fat, too thin, too pale, too dark, etc. If you need all of that external verification to love yourself, you're going to be shit out of luck, eventually. Teens especially need to learn to feel good about their looks from the inside, not from the adoring eyes of possibly-predatory strangers. Also? Teens need to have more substantial dreams than becoming lifelong mannequins! Even The Hills twats are better role models than your average model.
Which is not to say that I won't watch at least one episode of She's Got The Look. I picture 15 washed up Dina Lohan-types snarking on each other over cellulite and fighting for granola bars. Who wouldn't want to witness that?
She's Got The Look [TV Land]