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Reality TV Shows That Promote Personal Improvement

Aug 3, 2008
Who doesn't want to look better in order to feel better about themselves? But, some people don't know where to start. If you are feeling like your clothes are dated or you look older than you actually are, there are personal improvement reality shows that might be able to help get you on track.

"Tim Gunn's Guide to Style" is a Bravo network reality show that focuses on personal appearance, style, and fashion. It is hosted by the much beloved "Project Runway" mentor Tim Gunn as well as model Veronica Web. Tim and Veronica meet the guest then review what she normally wears, discarding most of her existing wardrobe. They use fashion software to design a new look for the guest then set out on a shopping spree, which includes Tim's "ten essential items" for the new wardrobe. The guest is then sent for one-on-one coaching, which may include seeing a hairdresser or a designer. At the end of the show, the guest shows off her new look to family and friends. While you may not be able to get a personal makeover by Tim and Veronica, you can notice styles that you like to help update your look.

Most people hate what aging does to their looks, but there are ways you can make yourself appear years younger than you actually are. The Learning Channel's "Ten Years Younger" takes a man or woman and gives him or her a makeover to appear younger than he or she actually is. The show has the participants stand in a soundproof, clear box in the middle of a crowd of 100 people. The crowd is asked to guess his or her age. The average is determined then told to the participant. Most are shocked by the results. The show then takes steps to make the participant at least 10 years younger than the age everyone guessed. None of the cosmetic procedures is surgical but rather actions like teeth straightening and whitening, LASIK eye surgery, and dermatology procedures such as microdermabrasion and botox. Then, a panel of experts comes in to give the contestant a new hairstyle, makeup or skin care tips, and a new wardrobe. The participant is then put back in the soundproof, clear box and a crowd is asked to guess his or her age. This show can give you some great ideas about easy and relatively inexpensive ways to help make yourself look years younger.

Most everyone knows that Queer Eye for the Straight Guy Carson Kressley is a fashion expert. Therefore, it only made sense when the Lifetime Network awarded Carson his own makeover show - "How to Look Good Naked." This show is based on a British series that takes women of all shapes and sizes and helps them learn to love their body. Like the other personal improvement reality shows, it discourages extreme dieting and plastic surgery, but helps the woman learn to dress correctly for her body shape, including the correct undergarments. After a wardrobe, hair, and makeup makeover, the end of the episode is celebrated with a photo shoot. The show is so popular that it is drawing in a record number of viewers, especially among the female 18-34 demographic group.

Planning a wedding can be stressful, so WE's "Bulging Brides" helps brides get back into shape before the big day. The show features personal trainer Tommy Europe and nutrition specialist Nadeen Boman. Together, Tommy and Nadeen help the bride's get back onto shape before they stress eat their way out of their wedding dresses.

If you think reality shows aren't really beneficial to your personal life, take a look at some of these shows. They may help you transform yourself into a trendy, younger looking you!
About the Author
Libbles is a writer at Reality-TV-Online.com. You can read recaps of your favorite reality tv shows including Project Runway and Shear Genius.
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