What Not To WearI was channel surfing last night and came upon the reality show "What Not to Wear" which I usually kind of enjoy. It's a show that takes dowdy/frumpy women who have no idea how to dress themselves and gives them a makeover, teaching them how to look their best. The hosts are these 2 snarky fashion gurus who act like they know everything there is to know about style. This episode happened to be "Top Ten Resisters" - the women who had the most trouble throwing away their college sweatshirts in favor of wrap dresses and corduroy blazers. Watching these women resist their makeovers, I found myself rooting more for them than for the two bitchy know-it-all hosts. It was like that very old Twilight Zone episode, where a young girl of the future attempts to resist society's new law to transform everyone into a perfect mannequin-like specimen (of which there were only 3 or 4 choices, so everyone looked the same.) The young girl didn't want to be gorgeous and like everyone else. She wanted to be herself - plain maybe, but herself. And so what if one of these women wants to wear fishnet stockings with pink rubber booties? Maybe she doesn't want to be like everyone else.
Of course in the end they ended up transforming Fishnets into a gorgeous specimen in a wraparound dress and heels. In her interview she said she loved her new look. Like a robot who has been reprogrammed. Victory to Snarkypants. It was the same creepy ending as the Twilight Zone.
Fallflower 36-40, F 19 Responses 7 Aug 17, 2011