Models of the Runway

 
Project Runway strutters get pretty tame spin-off.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Overall, the show's tone is professional, but sending "messages" really isn't its point. That said, you could argue that it reinforces unrealistic beauty standards.

Positive role models

Most of the models appear to be in it to win it, with aims of jump-starting their careers. But there aren't too many catty contenders in the group -- and some even stress their brains above their beauty. On the negative side, all are tall and thin -- a look that's largely unattainable for most women.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Models occasionally wear skimpy or otherwise revealing clothing, but most of the time it's part of their job.

Language

Some mild swearing like "damn" and "hell" is audible ("damn" appears in the opening sequence of every episode).

Consumerism

Models are competing for a prize from named sponors (Marie Claire and L'Oreal) and also cross paths with other brand names, including Nine West.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's not too much in this Project Runway spin-off to be concerned about, although the typical messages when it comes to modeling and unrealistic body images apply. There's occasional mild swearing (words like "damn" and "hell") -- and "damn" is actually used in the opening sequence of every episode (a model poses on the screen, claiming "I walk the walk, and I look damn good doing it."). Some contestants are cattier than others, too, which could lead to some verbal sparring and/or backstabbing.

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What's the story?

MODELS OF THE RUNWAY shadows the 16 models who work the catwalk for Project Runway designers, offering a behind-the-scenes look at what it's like to be a human clothes hanger on one of the most popular fashion shows on television. But it's also a competition for the models, in that only one of them will survive elimination and ultimately win the grand prize: a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine and $25,000 from L'Oreal Paris/Skin Genesis.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Models isn't must-see television, but Runway fans will likely stick around for the extra half-hour to watch it, if for no other reason than it gives them a chance to see more of Heidi Klum -- and the often "dramatic" model selection rounds in which the Runway designers choose who they want to work with the following week.

The show is as slickly produced as Runway and gives off the same hip vibe. But while Runway lets viewers watch designers sew their creations from start to finish -- a typically fascinating process that makes it clear how much skill is involved in making clothes -- Models lets us watch, well, models ... who basically walk down the runway and back. They have their own distinct personalities, yes. And most have far more going on for them than their looks. But the truth is, they don't really do much.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why the Project Runway models got their own show. Do you think they're interesting enough for their own program? Would you watch if you weren't already a fan of Runway?

  • Why are most high-fashion models tall and thin? Is it an impossible

  • standard the industry created, or do they really look better in the

  • clothes? How do "real women" compare?

  • Does the show make modeling look difficult? Do you think any girl (or

  • guy, for that matter) would make a good model? What are the

  • characteristics of a successful runway walker?

TV details

Cast:Heidi Klum
Network:Lifetime Television
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG

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Women curse, including "B*tch, F*ck, Sh*t,A*s, H*ll, and D*mn.
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