I have watched “What Not to Wear” on TLC quite a few times and I have to say I am always impressed by the end of the show how much more Clinton Kelly and Stacy London have really helped the women who are nominated by their friends for their fashion help.
Many of these women come to them with a lot of baggage attached. Be it emotional issues involving weight or issues involving self-esteem it seems to be immensely lessened by the careful care of the Co-Hosts. They seem to handle each woman’s many needs with humor and insight. As the time spent is shown during the week the woman is visiting the Big Apple being taught how to shop, being told how she is worth her own time, love and attention, how she is A WORTHY person that deserves her own care, that Stacy and Clinton WANT to help her because they think she deserves it she starts believing in herself. They rebuild her self-worth, her belief in her power, it is a wonderful and an amazing thing to watch a person change right before your eyes. There are deeper issues here than just clothes .
They may help build these womens self-esteem which is a priceless gift alone. They also DO give them $5,000 worth of new well fitting clothes, a designer hairstyle and a make-over and make-up to go with it. This may all be more than a person can imagine. I do not think this show should be underestimated! They are like Fairy God Mothers!
When these women walk in at the end to a Restaurant to see their Family & Friends there are always tears and amazement. These women have been rebuilt. There structure is now strong. They now know who they are; a strong woman who knows that she believes in herself and has decided that the woman makes the clothes. She will no longer let the fashion industry make her feel like her body is wrong for not fitting into any of their clothes, she will find clothes that shall make her body feel like she wants it to feel and look like she wants it to look and have them tailored if need be, for no clothes can be made to fit all bodies. There is nothing wrong with MY body. All bodies are fine the way they are, they are just different! Thus need to be treated differently, clothed differently, and TAUGHT how to do so. But we should care about the way we look, because if we look good, we feel good. That is a deep message and very important for woman to have in this society today where a book IS judged by it’s cover.
(C) Written by Evelyn Garone 1/2011