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 Kim of Queens stars former beauty queen Kim Gravin as she coaches young girls for beauty contests. Like most reality pageant shows, there's lots of focus on external beauty, but the series also includes positive messages about the importance of being self-confident, articulate, and comfortable in your own skin. There are a few rough words, references to being "pageant virgins" and "rednecks," and the occasional bleeped curse. Pageant moms are mildly catty at times, but arguments that break out between the cast are more humorous than violent. The series is a promotional vehicle for Kim Gravin's business, Pageant Place.
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What's the story?
KIM OF QUEENS is a reality series starring Kim Gravel, a former Miss Georgia who has established herself as an outspoken, no-nonsense pageant coach with a reputation for polishing the roughest of girls into classy young ladies. Along with sister Allisyn and their mom, Jo, they run Pageant Place, a business designed to prepare young girls for pageants while giving them life coaching skills. There's never a dull moment, especially when the girls' moms engage in competitive behavior. But Gravel's goal is to help the young women develop their exteriors so that they can develop their beauty on the inside.
Is it any good?
Kim of Queens highlights the kinds of things that go into making tween girls pageant ready, which ranges from having the right hair, make up, and talent, to being confident and articulate. But most of the focus is on the larger-than-life Gravel, who believes that her strong sense of self-confidence developed by doing pageants as a young woman, and whose coaching style is designed to help her young clients develop life skills as well as external beauty.
Not everyone will agree with the coach's beliefs about the relationship between looks and inner beauty. But some folks may find the the coach's efforts to help girls go from awkward to elegant interesting and fun. They might enjoy the entertainingly contrived disagreements between cast members, too. But if you are looking for a pageant series full of over-the-top cattiness and lots of glitzy craziness, you won't find it here.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about beauty pageants. Some folks think that they are a useful teaching tool for girls, boys, and young women. Others think that they place too much value on people's external looks and fancy outfits. What do you think?
Do the TV shows that feature pageants show what they are really like? Is it fair for folks to base their opinions of them on what they see on these shows?
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