I saw this show advertised quite a bit and I was intrigued by the name and concept behind the show but kind of offended I’ll admit since I consider myself to be a somewhat modest person. But one night while browsing the net for shows to watch (my addiction) I found it on mylifetime.com and started watching it.
The first episode I watched had me in tears, as I saw the transformation before my eyes, Carson took a woman who had all these things she hated about herself and showed her the beauty in the flaws, showed her that she really saw a lot worst than anyone else and actually taught her how to love every inch of herself, enough so that she’d shed her clothes and do a photo shoot, nude.
I was hooked, I watched more episodes and cried some more as I identified with some of the self hating issues these women dealt this. I saw the difference between how others saw them (and their bodies) and how they saw themselves, and I wonder quietly if my own insecurities are similarly unbalanced in scope.
I got the sense that this was more than a show, it was an attempt to let women see that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, and that a flat stomach or big boobs weren’t needed to be happy.
Each episode was a new woman with new issues, one of a woman who’d had numerous surgeries and still hated what she saw, one who saw her height as a handicap, another who survived cancer but hated living with the body she gained in the fight, another carrying hurts from being teased as a child. Each and every woman saw something bad in themselves, something that no-one else saw.
The show progresses over a few days from identifying issues to tackling them head on, changing the skewed view to reality and then showing them how to dress with confidence to focus on the things they love, In the end of each and every show a brand new, confident woman stood on the sidewalk and asked strangers if she looked good naked, referring to the huge picture on the side of a building, from the nude shoot- the answers – always an astounding yes.
No diets, no surgeries, no intense exercising, just a few days of truth and these woman walk away with something to hold their heads up about, they leave loving who they are and I know that as a viewer I’ve silenced my own negative critic a bit.
This show from me gets two thumbs way way up… and a warning to only watch with a box of Kleenex near by. And my most sincere thanks for lifetime for having the wisdom to finally make a makeover show that starts on the inside and works their way out.