Tiara Girls: Making Good Shows From Bad Ideas
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Tiara Girls is an excellent show on MTV that follows the lives of potential beauty queens and the backstage madness of the pageants. Although Tiara Girls is a quality program, there is a universal truth that it most undeniably proves: Beauty Pageants should be illegal. There, I said it. Is there one, single quality to them that could be considered either a) socially redeemable or, b) anything but destructive to the psyche of an adolescent girl? I can't think of any. The only reason beauty pageants even exist is to let unhappy, unfulfilled mothers live vicariously through their daughters. It's kind of awful.
The funny thing is the whole concept is inherently flawed. Beauty is completely subjective, yet someone wins. It's a glorified chili cook-off. What kind of lesson does this sort of competition send to these girls? That being cutthroat at making yourself attractive is commendable? That the only way to succeed in life is through perfect hair and make-up? That when you grow up you'll turn bat-shit crazy like your mom?
Many of these girls miss out on school and a social life to compete in these shows; shows in which there is no future. At least sports phenoms who sacrifice their adolescence to train have hope of being successful and making money. Beauty queens can't turn pro.
Tiara Girls on MTV showcases the stories of a number of aspiring beauty queens, and this is where my moral quandary lies. The show is captivating. It's amazing that I could care about what happens in the backstage moments of a larger event that I legitimately dislike. Roger Ebert once said (I'm paraphrasing), "It's not what a movie is about, it's how it's about what it's about."
This is, to say, that the content of a film pales in comparison to the execution of that content. This is true of TV shows too. Some may be geared right to your interests and turn out to be garbage. Some might be about things in which you have absolutely zero interest in and turn out to be very entertaining. Tiara Girls is a show I never thought I'd enjoy. But I do. Just don't ask me to watch a real beauty pageant. Ever.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer