By Emily Raben
Based on the hit British show, “How To Look Good Naked Canada,” hosted by Zain Meghji is now on television. The show’s goal is supposed to help women with their self-esteem, but even writing about this topic makes me feel guilty that I’m currently consuming a cream cheese bagel.
I can’t help but wonder, is this the real effect the show has on women? Or is it simply playing off of women’s insecurities rather than helping them?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not an expert on the show. I’ve only seen a few episodes of the British version. I love the fact that it displays another type of beauty, one that we rarely see in the media. You don’t have to be stick thin to be beautiful.
The general message of the show is great: learn to love yourself for who you are. The scenes where women strip down to their underwear and learn to appreciate their natural bodies is somewhat empowering. But as the show goes on, it’s less about how to look good in the nude and more about how to look slimmer in strategically fitted clothes.
On one specific episode, the host makes a woman wear a full-body spanx undergarment to “create a better shape.” Then he tells her which clothing will make her appear slimmer. But, wait a second– I thought this show was about how to appreciate your own body and its imperfections. Not about how to buy clothing and other products to make women look thinner. If they are teaching women how to love their bodies, then why are they teaching them how to hide them at the same time?
I’m not going to lie, I definitely don’t mind hearing tips on how to look thinner– but isn’t that going against the main message of the show? It is supposed to help with self- esteem, as opposed to making women feel they have to buy certain products and clothing to achieve a societal standard.
It brings me back to my first point, after watching “How To Look Good Naked,” I don’t feel empowered. I start to examine my own body and I see some of those flaws that the host is urging ladies to hide under a great pair of spanx.
The are still looking for real women, of all shapes and sizes to audition for the show. Maybe we will see something new.