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Parents need to know that Making a Model with Yolanda Hadid is a reality series where aspiring female teen models participate in a modeling boot camp, hoping to win a contract. While learning how to be a professional model is central, the show also contains strong and constructive messages about the importance of positive and healthy mother-daughter relationships, hard work, professionalism, and being true to oneself. Immature, argumentative behavior is both frowned upon and limited. As with most shows of this type, young women are dressed up to look sexy, and lots of brands, ranging from Tommy Hilfiger to H&M, are featured. Adults are shown drinking wine.
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Five teens between the ages of 13 and 16 from across the country are chosen to participate in an eight-week modeling boot camp organized by a modeling legend and manager in MAKING A MODEL WITH YOLANDA HADID. Joining them are their mothers, or "momagers," who have been managing their careers so far. With the help of creative director Stefan Campbell, scout and agency representative Ally Aflalo, and Hadid's daughters (and successful models) Gigi and Bella, the teens are sent out on challenges, participate in photo shoots, and learn how to be professionals. Throughout it all, they get the chance to win cash and career-boosting opportunities. At the end of the competition, one girl will win a contract with IMG agency and the opportunity to be managed by Hadid.
Is it any good?
This reality series offers an entertaining but honest glimpse into the work that goes into becoming a professional model. While much of the focus is on having the looks, posing effectively for cameras, and being marketable, Hadid underscores how important it is for the young women to be confident, strive for personal bests, and be themselves. Their ability to interact with others professionally and respectfully is also monitored. Hadid also stresses the important and positive role that their mothers need to play in their lives in order to protect them in the cutthroat industry.
Some of the challenges are reminiscent of those featured on shows like America's Next Top Model, and the teens' varied modeling experience creates some awkward moments. Hadid's constructive but blunt critiques of the teens' work and, at times, their mothers' behavior, also create some tense moments. Nonetheless, Making a Model with Yolanda Hadid offers some positive and constructive messages about what it takes to be a model, and how to navigate the business in a healthy way.
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