Styl'd

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Aspiring stylists compete in relatively tame reality show.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

There's a lot of competition and rivalry here, but the series does underscore the importance of professionalism and other skills necessary in the styling field.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The featured stylists were chosen based on their talent, but some of them demonstrate sneaky behavior, including one assistant who underhandedly gets special clothes for a client. Other assistants crack under pressure and/or have problems with job expectations.

Violence
Sex

Stylists choose clothes designed to make their clients look “sexy” at award shows and publicity events, etc. The assistants, models, and clients are occasionally seen standing in their underwear.

Language

Words like “hell” and “pissed” are audible, while curses like “f--k” and “s--t”  are fully bleeped.

Consumerism

Brands like Betsey Johnson and magazines like Vogue are mentioned. Blackberry phones are visible. Each episode features music that's available for download on Rhapsody.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Alcohol (wine, champagne) is sometimes visible. Jen Rade frequently notes whether the assistants should or shouldn’t be on Valium (but is usually only half serious).

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this fashion-centric reality series about up-and-coming junior stylists features some catty, sneaky behavior as the stylists vie for a prized contract with an L.A. agency. But the cast members also learn lessons about professionalism, working with clients, and dealing with pressure. Expect some salty language (though words like “f--k” and s--t” are bleeped) and occasional drinking, plust lots of references to/appearances by fashion brands like Betsey Johnson and magazines like Vogue.

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What's the story?

STYL’D is a fashion-forward reality show that follows four young stylists as they help dress and accessorize celebrities in hopes of landing a contract with a major agency. Hired as part of the Margaret Maldonado Agency's (MMA) highly competitive junior assistant program, the young fashionistas must help senior stylists Jen Rade, Julie Weiss, and Eric L. Archibald make clients like Kim Kardashian and Nicole Richie look great and feel confident during photo shoots and red carpet events. The young assistants struggle to please their critical bosses while also trying to outshine each other during the eight-week job "interview." They quickly discover that navigating the high-pressure world of styling isn’t easy, especially when one mistake can get them fired.

Is it any good?

Styl'd offers an interesting look at what goes into helping celebrities create an image and/or dress for the media. It also has some important lessons about professionalism, company loyalty, and demonstrating proper "settiquette" (appropriate behavior on a set or at a client’s home). Overall the content is pretty mild, but you should still expect some of the signature drama and catty behavior that these types of reality shows are known for. Still, fashion-loving teens will probably enjoy the show's focus on clothes -- as well as the parade of celebrities who wear them. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what goes into getting celebrities dressed for major media events. Do all celebs use stylists before they hit the red carpet? Why don’t they dress themselves? Is it really that important for them to look good all the time?

  • How real do you think this experience was? Do you think some of the drama was created for entertainment purposes? Do you think the featured stylists were chosen solely based on their talent or also for their ability to look and sound good on reality television?

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For kids who love reality TV

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