A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Models occasionally wear skimpy or otherwise revealing clothing, but most of the time it's part of their job.
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Some mild swearing like "damn" and "hell" is audible ("damn" appears in the opening sequence of every episode).
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Products & Purchases
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.
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.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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