(Closed) Alternative Bees… How do You Feel About these Makeover Shows?

posted 5 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’ve…actually never seen them. Lol. 

But I’m imagining the girls featured on the shows agree to it, so that’s on them. However, I do  dislike the fact that society pushes this idea that everyone has to generally look the same. Although since I started my “collection” of tattoos and piercings, I’ve seen an explosion in the culture and it’s become far more “mainstream” than it’s ever been (which is has both its good points AND bad points, IMO) I find the pushing of a certain body type more concenring than the pushing of a certain style, but that’s just me. 

But yeah, society should be more accepting of different styles/shapes/sizes/height/walks of life. 🙂

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Rachel631:  Yeah, I can totally see how it would be annoying. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Maybe it’s because I’m not goth (or whatever a more extreme style is), but sometimes I do get what they are trying to do. A lot of the more extreme people on these shows are usually at the point where being “individual” is holding them back socially and professionally. Maybe it’s wrong, but I’d be less likely to take someone seriously at my job if they showed up everyday with blue liberty spikes and black lipstick. And I would be less likely to introduce myself in a social situation. So it could be something like that where they like the look but it isn’t actually making them happier or more confident (which style and fashion should).

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I see where you’re coming from. I’ve watched  many an episode of Marry, Snog, Avoid, and know what you’re talking about. It’s why I like What Not to Wear–they’ll take a punky girl and make her over appropriately (age-wise, etc.), but still leave some elements alone. They gave one girl a longer on top short cut and shaved a little patch into the side and dyed it blue for her. They did jewelry with skulls and spikes, a leather jacket, etc. It’s great for people who are looking to get a promotion or into a specific career path, but are being held back because of the way that they dress. (I’m all about individuality, but sorry, your fairy wings don’t belong in the office and no one will take you seriously at work.)

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

I completely agree with you, OP! I was just saying this to my husband the other night. It’s one thing if it’s someone who doesn’t know HOW to dress (like, professionally after college) or if it’s a single mom who has no time/money, and I just saw a great episode where they helped a woman who had transitioned and wanted to look more feminine but didn’t know how to dress for her body type (she’s transgender, in case that isn’t clear) and it was fantastic and she was really open to the help and so glad afterwards. But I hate the episodes when they seem to feel the need to crush the individuality out of some woman who is cool and unique and amazing. (Do they ever makeover guys? I don’t think I’ve ever seen an episode with a guy. Which brings up the whole issue of women being required to look a certain way to please society, *sigh.*)

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Jijitattoo:  I do believe Queer Eye for the Straight Guy was a pretty successful show!

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I see your point but I don’t really care – what’s the big deal as long as they like the outcome? I don’t think there’s anything wrong with “looking like anyone you’d see at the pub.”  Alot of people on those shows are complete fashion trainwrecks and don’t dress appropriately for their lifestyle.  There’s a time and place for going all out and expressing your individuality and there’s a time and place where you need to be more conservative. – most of the people on those shows that I’ve seen don’t understand the difference.

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