A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The positive "anyone can be beautiful" message suffers from the show's sarcastic humor and the negativity implied in the title. That said, by the end, most participants seem very happy with their transformation and receive lots of love and support from Stacy, Clinton, and their family and friends.
Positive Role Models
The hosts can be sarcastic and critical, but they push the idea that anyone -- regardless of size, age, profession -- can look good. They never criticize someone's body or physical appearance beyond their clothing choices.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Occasional mild innuendo; references to breasts (as "the girls") in a fashion context.
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Infrequent language ("damn," "hell").
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Products & Purchases
Specific stores and product names are often mentioned and shown.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this show's core positive message (anyone can look great) can help mitigate the pressure to look like an airbrushed supermodel that young girls face daily. But during most of each episode, the subject experiences sarcasm and mild ridicule. The fashion experts can sound a bit mean sometimes when doling out fashion critiques, though they're also good at building up subjects' confidence by the end.
Is It Any Good?
The beauty of What Not to Wear is that even though the subject is initially mocked, she learns that she doesn't have to change any part of her core self in order to pep up her image. And when the subject shows off her changed image to Stacy, Clinton, and her friends and family, she's as delighted as everyone else at her transformation.
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