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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show highlights the pro-environmental message of recycling and re-using materials. An emphasis is placed on celebrating the female body and women's curves, however, there is little body diversity featured in the show and clients frequently complain about their bodies.
Positive Role Models
Shareen is a self-made woman with a positive, driven attitude. She is adament about wanting to please her clients and celebrate their bodies and natural beauty. She calls her husband her best friend and they model positive behavior as a married couple. She is sometimes short with her staff and threatens to fire them if they don't get their jobs done.
Some euphemistic language like: "effing H-O-T."
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Products & Purchases
Some mention of designers such as Alexander McQueen.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this likable reality show will entertain budding fashionistas, but those who aren't bitten by the fashion bug may be yawning throughout the show. There's little here to flag for viewers of any age. Some of Shareen's interactions with her work staff are uncomfortable, but otherwise the reality show drama is kept to a minimum. Some mixed messages about body acceptance.
Is It Any Good?
This show is a smidgen of eco fashion fun -- but those who lack the clothes horse gene might do best watching something else. But for frugal fashionistas and eco-minded aspiring clothing designers, this show may just make it onto the must-watch list. Shareen says that she wants to "endow women with a greater sense of their own esteem," which isn't a message you often here in the world of fashion. Indeed, Shareen's mission does seem to provide her clients with clothes that best highlight their bodies, curves and all. Unfortunately, there's a fair amount of body griping on display from the clients themselves, who complain about back fat, the need for Spanx, and not having flat stomachs. For this reason, parents may want to confront these attitudes when discussing the show with kids.
DRESSCUE ME lacks the high drama of the Real Housewives franchise, which is both a positive and a drawback. Producers seem to be trying to force drama out of interactions between Shareen and her staff, and this ends up feeling forced. The absence of cat-fighting and other typical reality show fare is actually what makes the show appealing -- especially for teens.
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