Love, Lust or Run

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Extreme looks get a total makeunder and some mixed messages.

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Positive Messages

Themes such as self-love and having confidence are mixed with messages about how to look good to others. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The host is supportive of cast members' sometimes troubling life stories.


Looking and feeling sexy discussed; clients often wear extremely revealing clothes. One client is a former stripper. 


"Ass, "hell"; occasional curses bleeped. 


Labels such as DKNY are prominently visible. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Love, Lust, or Run is a "makeunder" reality show hosted by What Not to Wear's Stacy London. Featuring women who make, well, extreme fashion choices, the show asks people on the street if they'd "love, lust, or run" from each woman's style. London then tones down their look with more socially acceptable outfits (which often happen to be more flattering). There's some iffy vocab ("ass," "hell"; bleeped cursing), lots of references to looking sexy, and very revealing clothing. Many of the women on the show deal with body image and self-esteem issues, and, although the show ostensibly helps them become more confident by encouraging them not to hide behind their clothing, it's not the most gentle approach. 

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Teen, 13 years old Written bycoolcreativekid June 27, 2015

great show with a PG-13 rating

Love,Lust, or run is an amazing show hosted by Stacey London. This show gives important messages. During the show Stacey will have certain people who need help... Continue reading

What's the story?

LOVE, LUST OR RUN is a reality makeover show starring What Not to Wear cohost Stacy London  as she works with women to change their looks while celebrating themselves. Each episode features London working with someone whose distinct style is considered a fashion disaster. After the woman discusses how she feels about herself and the way she dresses, London shows them the recorded reactions of complete strangers, who rate her look as "love," "lust," or "run." London then helps her transition into a new style that makes her feel better about who she is. After the fashion transformation, her look is again ranked by strangers to reveal how appealing it is. 

Is it any good?

From replacing garish makeup with subtle tones to learning how to look sexy without revealing too much skin, the series highlights the impact of what women wear on how they feel about themselves and their lives. It also highlights the effect it has on how people judge them, too. There are some positive messages, but 30-minute episodes don't offer enough time to really flesh out the underlying issues that led to the women's ostensible fashion faux pas. The meaning of the "lust" rating isn't fully defined, either. But folks who like fashion transformations will find the show entertaining, and the women are often very happy with the result.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about some of the series' messages. Is there a relationship between fashion and how you feel about your yourself? Is there a connection between your clothes and how you feel about your body

  • Families also can talk about the judgment aspect of the show. Is it fair to be judged by people on the street? Why should the women care about strangers' opinions? 

TV details

  • Premiere date: January 23, 2015
  • Cast: Stacy London
  • Network: TLC
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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