"Get used to it - every model in New York hating you. You're having your moment," fellow model Marissa warns Raina on The Beautiful Life
--- a statement that seems to sum up what's in store for Sarah Paxton's character on the show after making an unforgettable impression while strutting down the runway in a Zac Posen gown during New York Fashion Week. Apparently, though, there's more to Raina than meets the eye because she's hiding from her troublesome family ironically by pursuing a modeling career in attempt to grace catwalks and magazines.
Chris, on the other hand, is trying to make a transition from Iowa farm boy to hot new model. However, trying to figure out his place in the modeling world proves to be a challenge especially when some people are trying to take advantage of him. It also doesn't help that he's too gullible.
In between Chris and Raina, there's Isaac, a former child star who's trying to use modeling as stepping stone because all he really wants to do is to sing. And there's also Sonja, the pill-popping diva who is trying to reclaim her crown as the reigning supermodel. Talk about art imitating life, sort of.
On the surface, The Beautiful Life
is not entirely disappointing. The show is peppered with lots of eye-candies---enough to satisfy your appetite for hot and sexy young people. The pacing is also surprisingly quick and the premise, well it's your usual run of the mill plot involving models coping with the cutthroat competition of the business. Basically, it's shallow yet tolerable at least for 30 minutes.
But a bunch of pretty people and several sexed up pop songs can only take The Beautiful Life
so far. The series doesn't really strike any high notes with its attempt to correct some of the misimpressions about the fashion industry as projected by modeling reality shows.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist(Image courtesy of The CW)