Parents' Guide to

Jessica Simpson's The Price of Beauty

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Celeb misses opportunity for deeper understanding of beauty.

TV VH1 Reality TV 2010
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+

Great, great, great show.

Jessica is REAL. She's HONEST. I want girls to see this with an adult and talk about self esteem. It's pretty darn awesome.
age 11+

sends a good message to teens about true beauty

my kid loves it

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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The series offers some nonjudgmental insight into the ways different cultures define beauty, and the different ways women attempt to meet those cultural expectations. Viewers get to see how women are able to transform themselves by eating specific foods, wearing body paints, and even permanently changing parts of their anatomy. It also highlights some of the dangerous things some women do to themselves to try to meet their culture's standard of beauty, like using damaging skin bleach or starving themselves.

It's definitely interesting, but it also sends some mixed messages. While there is some discussion of a woman's inner beauty, much of the focus is on how local women dress and adorn themselves to look a certain way. Meanwhile, Simpson and her companions sometimes lack cultural sensitivity, especially when they refuse to try and/or spit out local foods, and while they giggle during solemn cultural rituals. Simpson's determination to wear extremely high-heeled shoes to remote locations makes her seem a bit silly, too. But if you can look past all of this, you can still find some fascinating information about women's cultural traditions around the world.

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