The Beautiful Life tells the ugly truth

Katie McClurg

Welcome to “The Beautiful Life: TBL,” where Jimmy Choos are an everyday essential and one misstep is enough to end a career. The CW’s newest drama, The Beautiful Life: TBL, follows the dramas of high fashion models living together and what it takes to make it in the world of high fashion.    

Set in New York City, this “Gossip Girl” meets “America’s Next Top Model” show gives more than just designer labels and juicy scandal. Produced by industry-insider and former model, Ashton Kutcher, the show divulges the harsh reality of this business, touching on the issues of drug abuse, sex-scandals, black-mail, and unrelenting standards of the modeling industry.     

In the pilot episode, former “it” girl Sonja Stone (Mischa Barton, “The O.C.”) is trying to reclaim her reign after a mysterious six month disappearance from the modeling world, but because she gained a mere two pounds in her absence, up-and-comer Raina Mayer (Sarah Paxton, “Last House on the Left”) steps up and steals the spotlight. With a mysterious past of her own and hardly any modeling experience, innocent Raina seeks companionship in fellow new comer Chris Andrews (Ben Hollingsworth, “The Line”), a handsome Iowa farm boy, while they both try and decipher if they have what it takes to make it in this industry.    

This classic tale of new-comers thrust into the harsh reality of another world comes to life with a rather honest portrayal and authenticity provided by the real models and fashion designers, such as Zac Posen, who bring the show together. 

Although at first “The Beautiful Life: TBL” appears to be very similar to the CW’s other dramas like Gossip Girl and 90210, TBL has potential to be be the next insightful guilty pleasure of many–after all, as the show proves, looks can be deceiving.

The Beautiful Life: TBL airs Wednesdays at 8 on the CW