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Girls are shown bickering and talking behind one another's backs. The cast however, is diverse and features intelligent, well-accomplished young women that are racially diverse and possess normal body types.
Some verbal sparring amongst contestants with bleeped-out profanities.
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The show is basically an advertisement for Seventeen magazine. The second episode features an extended scene of the girls playing with Maybelline cosmetics provided by the show. The third episode revolves around MTV's popular afternoon program, TRL.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that commercialism is a major component of the show and is basically an advertisement for Seventeen magazine. Product sponsors and MTV programs are featured prominently. Although the purpose of the show is to find a young female role model to put on the cover of Seventeen, drama often overshadows the message. One character has a breakdown onscreen. Another tells a story about her father's arrest and conviction of drug dealing and manslaughter.
Is It Any Good?
Every week the girls are broken into teams to compete against one another in tasks usually involving creating magazine layouts. In the first episode, the seventeen contestants are whittled down to ten, and in each episode that follows one more is eliminated. Unbeknownst to the girls, they are constantly being filmed, and Seventeen's editor-in-chief, Atoosa Rubenstein, can see how they behave at all times. This fact is only revealed to them once they are eliminated. The reasoning behind this is that a girl's personality and ability to get along with others are just as important as her accomplishments.
Although Miss Seventeen has a lot in common with America's Next Top Model, the criteria for winning this contest goes far deeper than physical appearance. That being said, like most reality shows, Miss Seventeen does reduce the contestants to "characters" and seems more interested in promoting its sponsors and playing up the drama, rather than celebrating the young women's accomplishments. Young girls and teens are sure to be drawn to this show. Parents might want to downplay the forced narrative aspect of the program and instead emphasize the contestants' ambition and accomplishments.
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