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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Catty models (including twin sisters) compete for modeling jobs; some teens struggle with accepting their beauty while others are ego-driven about their looks; the models all live together in Miami's South Beach with no adult supervision.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kissing in the hot tub, sexually charged photo shoots.
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Four-letter words are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
The names of the modeling agency, magazines, and the products the models are hired for are all mentioned. Since the models are trying to make it in the business, the show serves as publicity for them. On MTV's Web site, models talk about their "style" and name specific products that they like.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Smoking and drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this series brings the pages of glossy, superficial teen magazines to life. Teen models -- the oldest is 21 -- live together without parental supervision (males in one apartment, females in another). Living and working together creates conflict, which is highlighted by the show. Photo shoots can be skimpy on clothing and sexually infused. Typical teen issues like body image, competition, and low self-esteem are prevalent, but little depth is accorded to these topics unless they relate directly to drama among the roommates.
Is It Any Good?
Even with the show's extensive access to the behind-the-scenes world of modeling, the producers fail to delve into the industry's real struggles, or even the internal torment of being good enough. The show misses an opportunity to take an in-depth look at a skin-deep industry, choosing to skim the surface instead. In typical MTV fashion, the editing is quick, facial expressions are used to interpret plot lines, the cast is beautiful, and the sandy beach backdrop would make any teen want to take off for the big city and try their hand at becoming a star. What little drama the show has feels forced and fabricated.
Meanwhile, the network maintains the upper hand through its familiarity with its audience's guilty pleasures and weaknesses, essentially taking the glossy pages of teen magazines and turning them into a reality show. Parents might want to take a look at some of the magazines aimed at this demographic, including Teen People and Seventeen.
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