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The BBC's Outrageous Makeunder TV Show

This Might Be the Wildest Makeunder Show Ever

I'm currently mesmerized by BBC Three's Snog, Marry, Avoid?, a makeunder reality TV show that promises to "transform the nation's slap [makeup] addicts into natural beauties." The show, hosted by Atomic Kitten's Jenny Frost and a bizarre CGI camera called POD, takes tanned, augmented, extensions-wearing ladies (and the occasional gentleman), makes fun of them, and then puts them in a more "reasonable" outfit with hair and makeup to match.

The show's extremely addictive, but it leaves me questioning why it's so imperative for these women to change, and why the mean jokes are necessary. Many genuinely seem to like the way they look and are self-aware about it. They know they're over the top, but it just so happens that the look is what they like. Check out model Laura Summers get "transformed" in the video below.

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Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 6 years
D, I think she's fun, too. Agreed on the slut-shaming. There was another video in which an intelligent woman was deemed dimwitted by people simply because of her over-the-top appearance. It was sad.
mmmarishka mmmarishka 6 years
I don't think most of these girls love the way they look or "own" it. In the episodes I've watched all of them said they feel ugly if they don't have a ton of make-up on. So I think the show is a good idea - it shows them that they are beautiful without all the "improvements".
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
hah I'm sorry, but the UK truly needs that show :P
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 6 years
Miriam and I wasted a good 30 minutes -- er, I mean, spent valuable time RESEARCHING for our JOBS -- watching this show online today. Initially I thought this woman was putting on an act, but no, she's genuinely into the not-so-natural look. But like Miriam said, she seems happy! Confident! So while her look isn't for me, and I like the "after" style more, it was refreshing to see a woman owning her artificial aesthetic. I do like this approach more than those ambush makeover shows that mock women for not being stylish, thin, etc. I just can't watch those.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
her toenails are fake??? what?? she sounds just like the girl from the prep school in the British version of skins.
Ladyseven Ladyseven 6 years
She looks kind of insane the whole time, but much more viewable with less slap. My eyes hurt looking at all her... stuff. p.s. Halter neck is good for top heavy, but jumpsuits are stupid. Try pants and a top. Although, it's amazing they got her into a top at all.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 6 years
Disagree with machine on that atrocious outfit. Yeah, she's more covered, but it looks ridiculous.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 6 years
"The show's extremely addictive, but it leaves me questioning why it's so imperative for these women to change, and why the mean jokes are necessary. Many genuinely seem to like the way they look and are self-aware about it. They know they're over the top, but it just so happens that the look is what they like." I sort of agree with you, but if the girls actually had real self esteem issues than it wouldn't be fun to watch, right? It be like kicking someone when they're down. As for the jokes the computer makes...if you're going to do a show like this you mind as well do it right and make fun of them to their face. I think it brings everyone in on the joke, instead of us just sniggering at home, because really laughing at their over the top style is the whole point of the show. It might seem meaner, but I think it's actually nicer to keep it all out in the open.
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