The last post I did on TV recommendations went down well so I have to share a new programme on BBC3 called Snog Marry Avoid? Some of the ideas such as using a sad 'computer' with some bad CGI to talk to the people and the weird title are really cheesy. But the concept is quite funny, they take people who totally embrace barbie/plastic culture or major makeup to the extreme and show them they don't need all the slap to look beautiful; they call it a 'make-under show'.
You can watch last weeks episode on the IPlayer or catch tonight's at 8.30. Last week the first girl was typical fake tan, 50 extension layers and a dress that was totally backless and gaped open like crazy. The last girl got some duct tape and wrapped one strip round her boobs and went out just like that! They looked better in the end, if less fun and adventurous, and they did have a sort of goth boy who spiked up his hair into a 'crown' on who they said he shouldn't change his personal style.
But while watching these extremes, it moved away from horror to almost admiration. Some commenters may be ready to say I'm contradicting myself again (so shoot me!) but I truly admire people who are fierce enough to commit to their style no matter what people think. I was the first to highlight my annoyance of clone girls with bleached extensions and fake tan, but the first girl was saying 'well I like the trashy look, it makes me feel confident.' I like extreme and rather than sheeping the style, she'd taken it to her own level and just went for it. I'm not saying it was nice and that if I saw her in the street, I wouldn't be shocked, but she knew what she was doing and didn't care.
The second girl said as she took her five hours to get ready to go out, "Alot of girls these days backcomb their hair because it's fashionable, but people say that I go extreme. I keep going until it's completely knotted... and there we go, it's all done, a big, crazy birds nest!" See they obviously know their style doesn't appeal to everyone (although she did have a boyfriend) but they like it and that's all that matters. Surely you could compare ganguro girls to lolita girls in the way that they both embrace their style to the max?
The lengths they go to is funny to watch though so I recommend taking a look as it's only half an hour and is one step towards fake tan going out of fashion!