I thought I would watch this show as it has been extensively advertised at some of my online haunts. It was interesting to an extent, but I cant help but think the appeal is primarily voyeuristic. Even as a wheelchair user I was most interested in who had what disability and how it was acquired. That and what my facebook friend Disability Bitch actually looks like.
For a start, not many of the girls are that pretty. Apparently there were only 350 applicants to choose from, and it shows. My favourite is a wheelie called Sophie, who is certainly pretty but not beautiful in a conventional sense. I’d be very surprised to see someone with her looks in a mainstream magazine.
But also, is just feels like the programme hasn’t been thought through. For example, two girls are deaf, and whilst they are justifiably disabled (although at least two girls in the programme, one deaf, one amputee dolnot consider themselves disabled – err, why did you apply then?!) it isn’t visible. The judges, let alone the audience had definite issues over this – for example, what is the point of finding a disabled model if no-one can actually *see* that she is disabled. Also, the winner is expected to be a “role model” and a spokesperson. Err, who for? At the moment, I can’t see any of these girls as a spokesperson for me.
And the final thing that irks me is the way several girls simperingly told of how they wanted to win to show that amputees / deaf / wheelchair using girls can be sexy, attractive and fun. Whilst it’s a laudable aim there is one thing I don’t understand – why do you need to be on tv to do that?
Or perhaps I’m just cross because I was too old to enter :)