Parents' Guide to

Model Employee

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Modeling contest highlights catty behavior, humiliation.

TV VH1 Reality TV 2013
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Model Employee offers a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into running a luxury resort while highlighting the skills necessary to market it. It also underscores some of the high expectations many of today's employers place on their staff, like being well-informed about every aspect of their business in order to represent it, and acting professionally at all times. The importance of learning from one's mistakes and resolving them constructively is also discussed.

Like most reality modeling competitions, much of the show's focus is on the catty arguments between the women involved. Meanwhile, the models are often depicted as being spoiled, uneducated, and/or unable to cope with hard work outside of the modeling profession, which adds to the voyeuristic reality drama. The show does pause occasionally to acknowledge the hard and unglamorous work that many folks do every day, but these moments are eclipsed by the focus on the over-the-top behavior of the models.

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