A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show's emphasis is squarely on looks and being judged according to a largely unattainable standard of thinness and beauty. One of the contestants, for example, is endlessly harrassed to lose weight even though she's not fat by any stretch of the imagination.
Positive Role Models
Frakes does have some good things to say about facing your fears and working hard to achieve a goal. But even though he seems sincere about wanting the best for the women he coaches, it's clear that he has his business in mind all the time. And he's all about winning, almost at all costs. In one scene, for example, he jokes with his clients that he wants them to get a crown even if they have to bump the other girls off the stage to do it.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Women wear bikinis and parade around in them as part of the competition. Being sexy is considered part of being beautiful.
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Some bleeped language, although it's kind of hard to tell what was actually said. Words like "pissed" aren't bleeped.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this beauty pageant reality series is focused on winning at all costs and judging women based on their looks. Contestants are sometimes mercilessly harrassed to lose weight (even when they're clearly not fat); others end up feeling like they're failures because they can't speak in front of a group. And pageant coach Cyrus Frakes is more than a little pushy about getting what he wants. Expect some bleeped language and revealing bikinis.
Is It Any Good?
While Frakes clearly has a stake in how well his clients do -- if he didn't produce winners, people wouldn't hire him -- he seems slightly more interested in his own welfare than his clients'. In one case, for example, Frakes pushes a client who embarrassed herself in a national televised competition to compete again to redeem herself ... and him, too.
And Frakes isn't the only one with mixed motives and messages. In another instance, viewers see a mother pushing her daughter relentlessly, then sabotaging her and berating her for it. It's painful viewing -- to the point that you can't help but wonder whether the daughter really wants to be in a pageant, even though she says that winning Miss USA is her lifetime dream.
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