A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The beauty and styling industry is creative and competitive.
Positive Role Models
Some cast members are more competitive and ready to fight than others.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of arguing, yelling, competitive behavior.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexy looks, outfits.
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"Ass," "hell," "damn," "pissed"; rude gestures and bleeped curses.
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Products & Purchases
Endless beauty products featured with logos clearly visible, including Orly, Wow, Algenist, Huda Beauty, etc. Contestants refer to their own salons.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that American Beauty Star is a reality competition pitting hair and makeup artists against each other. It has lots of sexy outfits, bleeped cursing, and overall argumentative behavior, which is often justified as simply being a part of the beauty industry. It also features lots of beauty brand logos, ranging from Orly nail polish to JTV jewelry. Social media sites like Instagram are also referenced. Fashion-interested teens will enjoy seeing the ins and outs of this sometimes glamorous business, but it isn't an ideal tween option.
Is It Any Good?
This cutthroat reality competition series makes it clear that the styling industry is creative, competitive, and not always pleasant. It highlights the importance of understanding the craft and articulating a concept through fashion. It also notes the skills of true professionals, whose talents are often compromised by popular Instagram pictures and other amateur looks. Despite Adriana Lima's bland hosting style, the contestants and the styles they create are interesting to watch.
However, the competitive cast, many of whom have achieved their own successes as salon owners, red carpet stylists, bloggers, and social media stars, are as mean as they are talented. While the show justifies much of this by noting how cutthroat the industry is, it doesn't make it very pretty. So, American Beauty Star contains all the arguing, insults, and mean-spirited attitudes reality shows are often known for. If you find this entertaining, the show won't disappoint.
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