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Tuesday, April 15, 2003
Trinny and Susannah - shallow or fabulous?
Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine host a fashion programme called "What not to Wear". In each programme they take a member of the public, nominated by friends, and analyse and rebuild that person's wardrobe. They are posh, ascerbic and pretty brutal in their criticism and most recently have been attacked by Carol Vorderman.
The most common criticism is that they are snobs who criticise ordinary members of the public about their clothes and humiliate them on television. I think this is unfair. Firstly, their style of programme is unique. Every other fashion programme concentrates on latest fashions and doing hair and make-overs. The clothes are modelled by, well, models, and its all about sourcing and prices. What not to Wear on the other hand picks a woman with serious and common body 'flaws'. The kind that most people have...short legs, no waist, big arse, no arse, big tits, no tits etc. Then they teach the person rules about what clothes make them look terrible and what clothes improve them. By the end of each programme they have transformed their target (styled 'victim' by critics) and provided invaluable advice for the thousands of women viewers who have the exact same problem.
Secondly, whilst one can accuse them of being shallow, the fact is that clothes and confidence are inextricably linked. Most of the women they deal with hate their bodies, see no redeeming features in themselves, despise buying clothes (which let's face it we have to do), and have a real lack of confidence. In this week's episode where they help Jo Brand and Sophie Raworth find outfits for the BAFTAs, both women hate going to award ceremonies. Jo never goes, even if she's won an award! Sophie sneaks in the back door to avoid the photographers. Apart from pointing out the obvious flaws in the women's bodies, Trinny and Susannah also bring their attention to their good bits and usually have to persuade the targets that they do have flattering parts of their bodies which should be shown off. In all cases they dramatically improve the women and the smiles at the end tell the story. Jo Brand was ecstatic after her walk up the carpet. And Sophie managed to get through what she considered a terrifying occasion with grace and elegance. So its a positive thing. And where's the harm in that? Persuading people that clothes are important? But they are!
And let's face it, there are a lot of women out there with a lot of money who are a disgrace. Maybe they should listen to the girls instead of complaining. Would you look at this?
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