The title of this post is not meant to be shocking. “How to Look Good Naked” is the name of a new show debuting tomorrow, January 4th at 9pm/8c on Lifetime. The purpose of the show is to teach average-sized women how to be comfortable with their bodies by finding clothes that flatter, applying better makeup techniques and changing their hairstyle, etc. In other words, a makeover without dieting or plastic surgery.
I was granted the privilege of viewing an advanced screening of the first episode in it’s entirety in hopes that I would promote the show on my blog. I watched it, thought about it and polled a couple of my closest friends to see what they thought about it. I sent them the link to the screening so they could see for themselves. To be quite honest, I couldn’t believe what I was watching.
I will be up front in my opinion that I think the intention of the show is fabulous. I did not like how they opened with a group of women parading across the room in their bras and panties. To me, that was completely unnecessary, however I am sure it’s there for shock value just as the title of the show is designed for ratings and attention. The first couple of segments were great in helping the first guest understand her strengths and weaknesses. They assisted her in finding a more comfortable and flattering bra, changing her hairstyle and making some lovely wardrobe changes. By the end of segment two I was thinking “wow, great job!” But then came segment three. And it disgusted me.
Let me preempt my next several statements by saying I find it poor taste that we have a man hosting this show. I don’t care if it is Carson Kressley and women are “not of interest” to him. I think a female host would have been a much nicer touch. Oprah does a fabulous job of covering these topics on her show and there’s not a single man in the room when she does it. I’ll even expand on my reasoning here. A female host would gain our trust a lot quicker, especially when dealing with such sensitive and intimate topics. A woman would relate to the guests on a much deeper level. I’m also hoping a woman would not do this to an already vulnerable person…
In segment three (yes this is a spoiler), Carson Kressley asked the guest (sorry her name escapes me and I am unable to log back in to the screening at this time) if she would promise to pose naked for her glamorous photo shoot. She looks genuinely shocked at the suggestion and immediately says no…quite emphatically I might add. Carson proceeds to shower her with compliments and eventually sweet-talks her into baring all for the camera. I kid you not! The look in her eye as she tried to argue with him was heartbreaking. She just looked trapped. She was clearly not comfortable with that idea, even if she did eventually agree to it.
Ok, yes I realize the name of the show is “How to Look Good NAKED,” but I see a bit of inconsistency here. First, the only changes being made are superficial…clothing, hairstyle, makeup…all of which do impact a person psychologically. Yes, they will boost her confidence and make her feel good about herself. But asking someone to pose naked is a whole other ballgame. What is the point of finding the perfect dress with matching pumps and the bra that reduces fat rolls if you’re going to be stripping them off anyway? All that work and she doesn’t get to show off what she will look like to those of us who will be seeing her in real life with her clothes ON! (Nudity is personal and private and not something to be shared with the world. That is entirely my opinion and I fully expect a few folks from the Hooters crowd to come after me, but so be it. My opinion is usually in the minority and I’m quite comfortable with that.)
And here was the clincher for me (more spoilers)…They took those pictures from the “bare it all” photo shoot and put them up on the side of a building in a busy metropolitan area (certain body parts were discretely covered). The guest was then asked to flag down passersby, point to the billboard and ask “do I look good naked?” Of course everyone said she looked great. So I ask, why couldn’t she have done the same thing in a flattering dress? I mean if it’s not going to be full nudity on the billboard anyway, why not put a dress on her and let us see her as we would see her on any given day walking down the street next to us? This show would have had high recommendations from me had they left out the nakedness. Again, Lifetime could learn a few lessons from Oprah on how to do this tastefully.
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