A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Growing Up Supermodel is a reality series that follows the sons and daughters of models and celebs as they pursue their own modeling careers. It touches on some serious issues ranging from the pitfalls of the industry and stage parenting to family issues like divorce. There are a few arguments, and lots of sexy clothes and poses, and sometimes people drink alcohol. Cursing is bleeped, and labels like Yves St. Laurent and Range Rover are occasionally visible. Magazine covers and professional modeling images are sometimes shown, too. Instagram is prominently featured.
What's the story?
GROWING UP SUPERMODEL is a reality show about a group of young, working models and their celebrity parents. It features Arissa Le Brock, daughter of Steven Seagal, along with her mom, former actress Kelly Le Brock; Cairo Peele and her mom, former supermodel Beverly Peele; Atiana de la Hoya, daughter of boxer Oscar de la Hoya, and her mother, model Shanna Moakler; and Cambrie and Faith Schroder, the daughters of actor Ricky Schroder, and their mom, a former model, Andrea. Also joining them are Belgian model Janis Ostojic and his father, model JD Ostojic, and Jake Morrit, along with his mom, actress Krista Allen. Despite their parents' fame, trying to successfully work their way through the modeling world isn't easy. Their mom or dad's celebrity status even causes some unique challenges. But the young models hope that their celebrity-tinted life experiences give them some common ground so that they can rely on each other for support.
Is it any good?
This moderately interesting series focuses on privileged parents and their kids trying to break into the same industry. It reveals how their parents' legacy may get them through the door, or give them more opportunities, but doesn't necessarily translate into jobs. It's enjoyable to watch how young models navigate the business, which includes using Instagram as their calling card and modeling for online-only advertising campaigns. But it also shows some of the traditional pitfalls that come with the career, like the constant rejection, and the difficulty of reinforcing body-positive attitudes.
What fuels much of the drama are the relationships between the young models and their parents, which (at least in front of the cameras) range from being healthy to completely dysfunctional. While some of the young models thrive in these relationships, others struggle with their parents' stage parenting or personal demons. But throughout it all, Growing Up Supermodel underscores that no matter where you come from, or who your parents are, no one is guaranteed success in an industry in which most people fail.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what it's like to break into the modeling industry. What are some of the challenges? Do you think it's easier for kids of supermodels like those in Growing Up Supermodel?
How does Growing Up Supermodel characterize the celebrity parents of the young models featured? What are the relationships between the models and their parents like? Do you think their interaction is the same when the cameras aren't rolling?