The Glam Fairy
By Melissa Camacho,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Reality spin-off mixes cosmetics with catty behavior.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series offers some limited advice about how sometimes taking the time to change (and take care of) your looks can help you feel better inside. But mostly it reinforces negative stereotypes about women, relationships, and appearance.
Positive Role Models
Alexa Prisco appears to be a successful businesswoman who sees herself as someone who can help people change their lives by helping them change her looks. Many of the women appear unintelligent.
Violence & Scariness
Sometimes the glam staffers get into some catty arguments both in and outside of the Factory.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Plenty of references to "looking sexy" and other mild sexual innuendo.
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Words like "bitch," "crap" are audible; most stronger curse words are bleeped. Scenes in gay bars lead to lots of name calling, which include the term "queen".
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Products & Purchases
The series acts as a promotional vehicle for Alexa Prisco's New Jersey-based professional makeup services. References are made to Google.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking is visible at clubs and at social events. Champagne is often served at the Factory during and after makeover events.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this Jerseylicious spin-off seeks to inspire women unhappy with their looks to spend some time "glamming it up" in order to feel better about themselves. Like its sister show, it contains lots of salty vocab (though "f--k," "s--t" are bleeped), catty fights, and some sexual references. Drinking is visible at clubs; champagne is served at the salon. The overall show is a promotional vehicle for Alexa Prisco's professional makeup services.
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What's the Story?
The reality series GLAM FAIRY stars former Jerseylicious cast member Alexa Prisco as she uses makeup, hairstyling, and fashion to change people's lives. The celebrity makeup artist brings people to the Glam Factory, a Hoboken, N.J.-based salon to be made over by a staff of "glam fairies", including hair stylist Brielle, cut and color expert Sharie, makeup artist Jessica, and Jon, Alexa's best friend and client liaison. Alexa's assistant, Alexa -- known to all as A2 -- adds to the fun. From helping a group of moms transform from frumpy to fabulous, to struggling with jealousy when Alexa hires outside fashion consultants, the craziness never stops at work. After-hour activities leads to some drama, too.
Is It Any Good?
Prisco, who claims to be the best makeup artist in New Jersey, attempts to live up to her reputation by showcasing how her team can transform women's looks in order to help them feel better about themselves. In between the makeover activities and commentaries about the importance of women keeping themselves well-groomed and pretty, there's lots of ditzy behavior and cat fights to keep it from getting boring.
The show is mostly humorous, but it seems more scripted than the average reality show thanks to the cast trying too hard to act as if what they are doing or saying is completely natural. Nonetheless, Jerseylicious fans will probably be drawn to it, and find it voyeuristically entertaining.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about reality shows. Is there a difference between an unscripted show and a reality show? If a reality show requires cast members to purposely do things and/or behave a certain way, should it really be called "reality"?
Do makeover TV shows that focus on changing the way you look, whether it be with makeup, fashion, or weight loss, send positive or negative messages about how we should think about ourselves and our bodies?
- Premiere date: October 23, 2011
- Cast: Alexa Prisco, Brielle Calafiore, Sharie Manon
- Network: Style Network
- Genre: Reality TV
- TV rating: TV-14
- Last updated: October 14, 2022
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