inconsistency thy name is (the TLC show) 'big sexy'

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

In case you don't watch the freakshow channel quite as often as I do, last night TLC debuted their new show Big Sexy:

First with the quick and dirty:

1) Audrey is definitely my favorite. That woman is FIERCE and while I'm not cool or avant garde enough to wear those clothes, I love the fact that she does.

2) Audrey is followed closely by the gal who works at (or owns? I wasn't sure) Re/Dress and the woman who's started a company doing swimsuits and bras for those blessed with a bigger bust.

3) This show is really either a Hills or a Sex and the City starring plus size gals. Which is SO not clear in the intro, so I feel cheated by the little to no attention paid on the fashion or makeup.

4) Hide and seek vajazzle. For reals. It was one of the best scenes of the entire show and I'd almost say watch it just for that.

After watching Big Sexy last night I have to say that I don't think this is going to be something I follow on a regular basis. The promo set it up as starring plus size women working in or amidst the fashion industry and ultimately that's what I thought it was going to be about - the plus size fashion industry. Instead it's really the same kind of semi-reality show that they're putting up on every other channel. The first episode may have ended with a catwalk, but 90% of the show focused on the girls' personal lives, speed dating, chubby chaser bars, ex-boyfriends telling them they were a 'stalker'....I blahhed at the whole thing because unfortunately for TLC (and I guess myself) I don't care about any of that. All I wanted to see was a show about confident big women who worked in the fashion industry doing their stuff. I wanted to see racks of clothes and makeup tests and photoshoots, and... and.... and just more!

Considering all that the fact that they were inconsistent with their message of body acceptance isn't too much of a stretch. Instead of portraying women clearly in love with their bodies and how their bodies looked, we got maybe 1 or 2 who felt that way and everyone else had doubts and worries about how attractive they were, or had a body part (stomach, thighs, what have you) that they didn't like about themselves. The Re/Dress woman (I'm sorry that I can't remember her name) though, from the beginning to the end of episode, was happy with her body and determined to make sure that the woman around her knew she felt the same about theirs. I did like that part.

Maybe I'm just being unrealistic. Maybe all the shows in this vein are going to show women (of all shapes and sizes) concerned about how their body looks and if they'll ever find love. But it's not what I wanted for Big Sexy, and I have to give the whole thing an 'eh' for experience.

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