For anyone that regularly reads my blog I’m sure you will have read one of last months posts titled ‘baby weight’. Read it here if you haven’t and would like to. Body image is a huge topic at the moment. Most girls my age have at least one of the following; dyed hair, false nails, eyelash extensions, threaded eyebrows, tattooed eyebrows, spray tan/regular sun beds or tattoos. Body enhancements have become easier to get and more popular in the last few years. Equally boob jobs and bum lifts are becoming more common place. (I didn’t want to include real naked people so the photo is of chocolate cake boobs.)
Dating shows have been around for years and years. Most people remember or have heard of ‘Blind Date’ which first aired in 1985, hosted by Cilla Black. Fast forward 30+ years and we have ‘Naked Attraction’.
For those of you that haven’t seen it, yes it is exactly what it sounds like. The possible dates are completely naked and the person looking for a date gets to chose who to go out with based on what they look like naked. Now I’m not sure who came up with the idea, but I’m not keen. 1) you’re picking them purely based on their looks which is a bit shallow. 2) why would you want to be completely naked on TV and 3) they comment on the bodies, often insulting them, which I personally think is horrible.
On the other end of the scale is ‘Dress to Impress’ and I have to admit I’m addicted! It’s on at 6pm every week day on ITV2 and there are no naked bodies to be seen. There are 3 people competing for a date. They each have to pick out an outfit, armed with the clothing sizes and a short brief- one episode the lady asked for a Marilyn Monroe style outfit. Despite being a show based on clothing there is no mention of actual looks – the show is done without the daters seeing each other. Unlike Naked Attraction there is no inclusion of comments that could be considered body shaming. The other reason I like it is that the show includes people of all backgrounds; gay, bisexual, straight, slim, curvy, short, tall, black, white, hijab wearing, young, older.