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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this modeling agency makeover docuseries features lots of yelling and iffy language ("hell," "ass"; stronger words are bleeped, with mouths blurred). While the show is mostly focused on the industry side of the business, it also manages to incorporate story lines about aspiring models. The show references fashion magazines like GQ and Seventeen, as well as designers like Tommy Hilfiger. Some modeling images feature women in sexy bathing suits and men without shirts, though there's a surprising lack of discussion about body type, beauty, or other issues normally associated with modeling.
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What's the story?
REMODELED is a reality series in which modeling industry insider Paul Fisher attempts to change the modeling world one agency at a time. The industry veteran has linked 50 small agencies from around the world to create The Network, which Fisher hopes will help keep the agencies from losing their successful models to large New York or Los Angeles firms. It also helps aspiring models from the networked agencies with their careers. Each week Fisher, The Network's \"New Faces\" assistant Anna Alschbach, and Fisher's snarky driver/administrative assistant Joseph visit one of the networked agencies to evaluate its business strategy and give it a much needed makeover. Meanwhile, V.P. Olga Tavarez and J.T., The Network's \"New Faces\" director, work with aspiring models handpicked from the network of agencies to help jump start their careers. It's tough all around, but Fisher and his team are committed to creating the next generation of supermodels while changing the way the modeling industry currently does business.
Is it any good?
Remodeled highlights what it takes to have a successful modeling agency, including knowing all the details of the fashion industry, preparing models for castings, and keeping bookable models from signing on with their competitors. It also shows some of the pressures that models face when trying to break into the business, like being prepared for constant rejection.
Unfortunately, the parts of the show that focus on Fisher's attempts to "remodel" the agencies suffer from too much repetition and too much unappealing attitude from Fisher. The parts that target new models going on calls to designers are more interesting, but they don't go into too much depth. Still, viewers entertained by the modeling and fashion world will no doubt find at least portions of this voyeuristic look into the modeling world worth watching.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the modeling business in the media. Why are people interested in learning more about the modeling industry? What makes modeling an appealing topic for a reality show? How realistic are these shows in depicting the modeling industry?
What kinds of messages are shows like this offering about what makes people attractive? Are these looks realistic for most people? Parents: How can we talk about media images and positive body image?
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