A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show paints a fairly realistic picture of modeling, including both its faults and benefits. Due to Nemcova's interest in humanitarian work, there's an emphasis on charity and doing work that helps others. Issues related to weight and body image -- including frank critiques of body types and sizes -- come up. Obviously, there's a huge emphasis on looks, though Nemcova and others talk about the importance of inner beauty.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Women sometimes appear in bras and underwear or very revealing clothing.
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Occasional cursing -- "bulls--t" and "damn." Stronger words, like "f--k," are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Brands of show sponsors like Saab, HP, and the Grand Hyatt are prominently displayed.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some smoking in the background; potential for social drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality show focuses on young women who want to be fashion models. Though it's not a strict competition, the show illustrates the competitive nature of the modeling business, and the women sometimes seem unfriendly or critical of one another. Weight and body image issues are addressed in a realistic, if contradictory, way (no matter how many times they say inner beauty is what matters, it's obvious that looks count). Some of the models have chosen their work over attending high school or pursuing other creative or educational projects. There's some swearing, with the strongest words ("f--k") bleeped.
Is It Any Good?
In line with its softer, gentler approach, A Model Life doesn't do eliminations or necessarily have a grand prize. All of the models will be considered for a contract at the end of the season, so the show isn't a structured competition. Despite that, the young women sometimes seem competitive, and occasionally criticize one another during individual interviews. These interviews with the models, Nemcova, and the professionals who interact with the young women beef up the on-the-job footage to give viewers a sense of the entire process. Each model has her own strengths and weaknesses, and it's these, as well as strong personalities, that give the show its texture.
Though A Model Life is surely more realistic than America's Next Top Model, it suffers a bit from cheesiness. Nemcova seems like a very likeable and sweet person, but her equanimity feels a bit fake and bland.
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