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Glamour Belles

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Mild reality series about shopping for perfect pageant gown.

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The series showcases some of the behind-the-scenes decisions people make about pageant wear. There's an element of materialism involved as well as an emphasis on women's looks instead of other traits.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Miss Paige wants to help her clients win. She has a close but sometimes touchy relationship with her mother. Pageant clients range from young girls to adult women.

Violence

Playful disagreements sometimes emerge between Miss Paige and her mother. Some of the patrons' personal stories include topics like struggling with cancer and other mature issues.

Sex

One scene features a cast member bawdily pushing her breasts up (but no nudity is visible).

Language

The term “S.O.B” is heard.

Consumerism

The series is an obvious promotional vehicle for Joann’s Gowns dress shop. No specific designer is highlighted, but the prices of all the gowns being tried on are revealed.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this reality series, which features the lively staff of a popular pageant gown shop helping their patrons find the perfect gown, is pretty mild. But the owner’s relationship with her mother (and previous shop owner) sometimes leads to some humorous teasing. Most kids won’t be interested unless they are involved in pageants.

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What's the story?

GLAMOUR BELLES is a reality series featuring the spirited staff of Joann’s Gowns, a nationally renown pageant dress shop located in Union City, Tennessee. Owner Paige Burcham Carlton runs the shop with the help of flamboyant store manager Jared Hamlin, her assistant manager Nikki Williams, seamstress Stephanie Sergerson, and salesgirl Brooke Beachum. Occasionally stopping by to offer her opinions is Paige’s outspoken mother and former shop owner JoAnn Burcham. They all know that finding the perfect gowns for pageant clients is important business, and with the help of Paige’s expertise and Southern-style charm, the team always finds the clients the dresses that will most likely lead them to victory.

Is it any good?

The lighthearted show features a hospitable cast that is sometimes as colorful as the dresses they sell. It also highlights the gown styles that are best suited to the pageant culture, as well as the costs involved when purchasing one. Miss Paige also offers some of her thoughts about what will make the dress work for the particular client.

It’s all pretty mild, but there are occasions when Paige’s mother seems to ruffle a few feathers. Some of the patrons’ personal stories also touch on some strong topics, like serious illness. But all in all, the drama is pretty minimal, and the discussions of glitzy dresses and shiny rhinestones will probably be the real draw for pageant fans.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about beauty pageants. What are the pros and cons of entering a beauty pageant? Must people spend lots of money on gowns and other items in order to win them? How does the media portray the people who participate in them?

  • Why do stores and other commercial venues agree to appear on reality shows? Do you think the reality series really shows what the day-to-day routines (or drama) of the establishments are? 

TV details

For kids who love reality TV

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