My mum-in-law came visiting this weekend, so on Sunday, we had a copy of the News of the World to leaf through with a pair of tongs. Turns out that Chantelle from Big Brother has been getting her kit off for over a year. I seem to recall from my trips to the Co-Op at the time, even when she was in the Big Brother house, The Sun and co had nudey shots of her. Amazing.
If you remember Big Brother 5, Jason and co were slated for joking how various female housemates were going to be getting their kit off in FHM the second they got out the house – he was right of course – and most of the inmates of Big Brother 6 were discussing exactly which mags they were going to deign with their nudey presence even before they got out. Now we have someone who’s already fast-tracked this process to the extent she’s stripping for the lads mags both during and before her appearance in the house.
Is it any surprise there’s a generation of girls who think glamour model is their best chance of fame and fortune? That can’t be good for the girls themselves, boys (who are going to end up with even more unrealistic expectations of women than they had before, which would be pretty amazing) or the economy.
So here’s a modest proposal, albeit not in the Swiftian sense. How about Channel 4 and the other reality TV programmers get any hopefuls to sign a contract saying that they’ve never done any porny photo shoots before the show and won’t do any for a year after appearing on the show? I feel this would have many benefits. Firstly, it would put off the really talentless from appearing on the shows, if they knew their one way to continuing fame and fortune were ruled out from the very beginning. Secondly, we might not end up with a generation of girls with body dysmorphism and a generation of boys who think the only thing girls are good for is getting their kit off.
Why not a total ban on lads mags spreads? Well, I figure that a year’s long enough for someone to show if they have talent and can eke out a career for themselves in the public spotlight. If they manage that, they have a right to do whatever they want. But if Reality TV is to have a place in the schedules, surely it’s got to be something more than simply a recruitment centre for glamour models?