Upon exclusively viewing the CW's Stylista ??? a reality show featuring 11 contestants competing for The Greatest Prize Ever (and a job at Elle magazine) ?????we discovered the premise is quite obviously based on The Devil Wears Prada: Incompetent people who have no business being involved in the fashion industry? Check. Frightening dictator (fashion news director Anne Slowey)? Check. Inane tasks that have seemingly nothing to do with fashion? Check. The difference: We wanted Anne Hathaway to succeed in the movie; in the reality TV version, we kind of hope everyone fails miserably.

The first two episodes ??? which we managed to get our hands on before we were supposed to ??? feature multiple feuds, a dramatic cat fight (taking place in a kitchen ??? how clich??) and a truly unnerving panic attack that leads to a contestant being rushed to the hospital. So it's safe to say the show isn't lacking in drama. The challenges are pretty fun, too: In the first episode, the minions must prepare a breakfast for Slowey in under an hour, decorated tray and all. Each show also requires the contestants to design a page for the magazine; some seem to grasp the concept of class, others apparently think these pages will instead be going in a high school yearbook. For those who provide the greatest failure, they will hear the dreaded words: "You're not the right fit." The prize for the one who survives? An editorial position at Elle, a paid lease on a Manhattan apartment and a one-year H&M clothing allowance.

There's really only two people who come across as semi-likable: Danielle and Cologne. Danielle is the overweight girl who gets dumped on by the other contestants in the first five minutes of the first episode, immediately tugging at the audience's heart strings. Cologne is a Berkeley student with pretty hair who stands up for Kate (more on her later) while the others resort to bullying. But mainly we like her for her hair.

Now on to the losers … The Whiny Bitches, as we will call them, are Kate, the big-boobed legal secretary who has no fashion experience whatsoever and was clearly cast to cause drama, and DyShaun, the NYC freelance stylist who immediately takes a liking to picking on most of the other contestants. The A-Hole Bitches include Devin, the NYU student who wears a stupid hat and thinks she's God's gift to fashion; Megan, the spoiled brat who inherited a bunch of money but knows her stuff; and Ashlie, the Calvin Klein production assistant who comes across as likable at first but quickly starts picking unnecessary fights with everyone in sight. (There are other contestants, but they haven't really done anything note-worthy.)

The main issue we had with the show? Anne Slowey's obvious inability to walk in heels. (You can watch a clip here.) We thought people in fashion were supposed to have been born wearing stilettos, but Slowey stomps around like a madman throughout each scene. It's distracting and takes away from her I-Am-A-Fashion-God credibility. That aside, she's awesomely terrifying and will hopefully make all of these wannabes regret their desire to parade their idiocy via America's television screens.


Oct 9, 2008 · posted by Whitney · Link · 8 Responses
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Comments (8)

No. 1 Key says:

Do we really need another reality show right now? I say take me away to fanciful places with exotic and good looking characters who always manage to get out of their predicaments in a half hour and always end up with their love interests!

Posted: Oct 9, 2008 at 2:58 pm
No. 2 sar says:

Yes, there can never be too much reality TV. I have yet to even see any potty-related shows. The Biggest Pooper? No. Pimp my Pot? Again, nothing. Irregular Joe? Nada, I'm coming up short.

Posted: Oct 9, 2008 at 3:08 pm
No. 3 taylor says:

I'm glad others have noticed her inability to walk in heels. I'm wearing 6" heels today perfectly fine. I hate her already for her lack of skills.

Posted: Oct 9, 2008 at 3:35 pm
No. 4 David Hauslaib, Mollygood says:

As someone who agrees that we don't need another reality show right now, I must say: Stylista is actually quite fun. At least the first two episodes are. We watched it in the office yesterday and laughed at all the inappropriate moments. And, promise: We're not shilling for Elle or The CW.

Posted: Oct 9, 2008 at 4:53 pm
No. 5 cwrite says:

Count me in. Just finished watching "I Want to Work for Diddy" which wasn't half bad. The assignments/tasks definitely made sense. I was surprised by the many of the contestants lack of common sense and inability to play well with others.

Stylista is co-produced by TyTy Banks. I wonder if she can resist making an appearance.

Posted: Oct 9, 2008 at 5:51 pm
No. 6 killorn says:

I saw an ad for this last night and was S T O K E D. Big, large propers for pointing out Slowey's awkward clunk-drag hobble.

PS, I am pre-rooting for Chubbly Betty (Cologne) to take it all.

Oh, and pink boxed by D Haus himself? It's like seeing the pope!

Speaking of: I'd watch Pimp my Pope in 2 shakes of one heartbeat

Posted: Oct 9, 2008 at 7:47 pm
No. 7 sar says:

I know, killorn. The boss man just casually posting a pink box like we see it all the time! I am trying not to douse myself in holy water right now but it's so difficult… can't… resist… the wondrous light!…

Posted: Oct 9, 2008 at 11:43 pm
No. 8 Carrie says:

It kind of looks more like Ugly Betty than Devil Wears Prada. Jean Godfrey June's book talks about working at Elle - it makes a great primer for this show.

Posted: Oct 10, 2008 at 11:18 am
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