A side effect of the obsession with appearance, I feel
I have mixed feelings about this programme - while I think it is a good opportunity for people (assuming they are willing participants) to overhaul their look and wardrobe and consider what really suits them in the fashion sense, I do find the programme's methods a bit brutal. On the other hand, I am not the most neutral of observers - I have certainly never bought into the idea that I can't go out in public unless my hair and clothes are immaculate.
Another problem is that it sometimes tries too hard to make people "fashionable" when the viewer can see that the person doesn't really want to, for example, trying to encourage people to wear bolder coloured make up when it is obvious that, if given such shades, the guinea pig will never wear them again after this programme The presenter can be patronising in an irritatingly nice way, as though all the criticism is in the subject's best interests - one programme I have seen subtly mocks someone for having "a hairstyle that hasn't been fashionable since Boney M" - the fact that maybe it actually suits them doesn't count, the presenters think their guinea pig should be "modernised", so modernised they're going to be. They aren't asked what they want; the presenter and hairdresser or make up artist seem to confer over their subject's head, oblivious to whether they are prescribing make up regimes etc that the guinea pig is never likely to stick to.
Every single programme seems to involve the guinea pig going into surgery for some cosmetic improvement - be it chemical peel or skin-plumping treatments, there is always the subtle feeling from the programme that - if the guinea pig doesn't undergo surgery, they aren't trying hard enough to look their best.
In conclusion I think the makeover idea is a good idea, but the "all or nothing" attitude gets a little hard to take after a while.
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