Girlfriend Confidential: LA

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Some positive messages amid strong vocab, innuendo.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Friendship, respect, and hard work are major themes, but there's also a fair bit of iffy behavior on display -- partying, catty arguments, etc.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Despite some of the reality-show shenanigans they get up to, the women are strong, hard workers, and extremely career oriented. Eva and her parents are very close. The cast is diverse.

Violence

Occasional mildly catty arguments sometimes break out between the cast. One episode features footage of the L.A. riots. Guns are sometimes used as props on fashion runways; Eva admits to owning guns.

Sex

Some strong sexual innuendo, plus references to genitals, sex toys, sexual acts, etc. People are sometimes shown making out. A model's bottom is partially visible on the runway during a fashion show.

Language

Words like "hell" and "bitch" are audible; words like "s--t," "f--k," and crass sexual terms are bleeped.

Consumerism

High-end fashion brand Sachika is frequently discussed. Logos for L.A. haunts like Philippe, NYC hotels like The Mave, and agencies like Major Models Management are clearly visible. Nikki Chu Designs is frequently referenced; Kelly Marie Dunn is a former manager for Lady Gaga.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Frequent drinking (wine, mixed drinks, shots, champagne) during social gatherings. Drunken behavior sometimes leads to relationship problems and/or disagreements.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Girlfriend Confidential: LA is tamer than a lot of reality shows but still has arguing, lots of social drinking (wine, champagne, cocktails, hard liquor), and some crass sexual references. One episode features a model in a butt-revealing outfit. The terms "hell" and "bitch" are used often; "s--t,"  "f--k," and explicit sexual terms are bleeped. Various business logos and fashion brands, like Sachika, are visible. Despite all of this, the series does have positive messages about strong women and friendship.

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What's the story?

GIRLFRIEND CONFIDENTIAL: LA is a reality series starring Eva Marcille (best known as the winner of the third cycle of America's Next Top Model) and her friends -- actress Denyce Lawton, designer Nikki Chu, and talent and brand manager Kelly Marie Dunn -- as they work and play in and around Los Angeles. As Marcille works on building her acting career while attempting to keep her modeling career going, the rest of her friends pursue their own job goals in the entertainment and fashion industries. Things sometimes get complicated, especially when their boyfriends add drama and the pressures of the professional world cause the women to stress out and/or argue with one another. But in the end, their friendship is strong enough to withstand what life throws at them.

Is it any good?

Girlfriend Confidential: LA, which is produced by Marcille, is designed to highlight the importance of friendship in a woman's life, no matter how strong and/or successful she is. It also shows some of the challenges that women face when navigating the cut-throat entertainment and fashion industries, too.  

Despite some arguing and drinking, Girlfriend Confidential is much less catty than most female-centered reality shows. The women featured here are strong and goal-oriented, and, above all, they truly respect one another for who they are. It's not meant for younger viewers, but if you like this sort of voyeuristic entertainment, it has enough positive messages and interesting moments to make it worth tuning in to.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why it can be difficult to balance friendship with a career. What are some of the benefits of having a close circle of friends when you have a tough job? What are the challenges?

  • How realistic do you think Girlfriend Confidential: LA is? How does it compare to other reality shows you've seen? Why do you think the cast members wanted to do the show?

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For kids who love reality TV

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