Reality television has been taking the world by storm since
the beginning of the new millennium.It is the new way to bypass the regular channels in order to get your "15
minutes" quickly as long as you are (as the commercial goes...) among "those
willing to forsake your dignity for fame."We've all seen the bad behavior of young women and men who
are willing to do any and everything to stay in the public eye.How many times have we grimaced at our
fellow curvy sisters when they have done something to make us want the ground
to open and swallow us up?Flavor
of Love or The Bad Girls Club anyone?Before I proceed further let us get a clear understand of the exact
definition of Reality Television:
Wikipedia defines Reality
Televisionas a genre of television
programming that presents purportedly unscripted dramatic or humorous
situations, documents actual events, and usually features ordinary people
instead of professional actors.Although the genre has existed in some form or another since the early
years of television (primarily with game shows), the term "reality television"
is most commonly used to describe programs of this genre produced since
non-fictional programming such as news and sports shows are not usually
classified as reality shows.
The early years of reality television rarely displayed an
image of a full figured woman as something to be proud of.On the few occasions that you saw one
of us, it was usually because we utilized as comic relief (anyone remember
Kathy Kinney from The Drew Carey Show?) or the outspoken (read: loudmouth) best
friend. Well, it would appear that times may be changing for the better,
curvaceous women of all shapes, sizes, ages and nationalities are filling up
our screens in reality television regularly.And they are doing it while keeping their dignity intact and
occasionally bestowing us with a few nuggets of wisdom.Let's meet some of the ladies shall we?
L. Marilyn Crawford is a graduate of the University of
South Carolina and Harvard Executive Business School.She has established herself as an expert and a spokesperson
in business, streaming and entertainment.She is the CEO of WINDSORPTM, a global streaming and strategic marketing
advertising company with multiple platforms.Crawford travels extensively around the globe and has
strategic relationships with world leaders, countries, companies, A List
celebrities and influencers.A
beautiful new curvy face in reality TV, she made her debut on Bravo's Launch My
Line.Launch my line bills itself
as "Bravo's newest fashion creative competition series and features 10
established fashion designers paired with 10 industry professionals, who are
highly regarded in their own field of expertise, but have always dreamed of
having their own clothing line."
Aside from the fact that I had been previously acquainted
with Miss Crawford, I was drawn to her immediately because she was the only
plus sized contestant on the show and her statement that her designs were for
the real woman.When prodded
further on the Bravo TV website, she explained, "Real women are women who lead
real lives.In this economy most
women work and they have to play the social role.Real women have luscious curves, but are in good health.Real women take pride in their attire
whether running to work or going to a part. Real women give love, love
themselves and get love."Although
she was hampered from the beginning from an uncooperative expert who just
seemed to be taking personal joy in sabotaging her efforts at every turn, she
was eliminated at the end of episode 5.She was the only contestant who thought including the curvy majority in
her thought process and I found her energy and positive outlook infectious she
was the main reason I tuned in to watch.Of all the looks the contestants produced, her line was the only one
that I could see myself in and for that reason I abruptly tuned out as soon as
she was eliminated.But I have
absolutely no doubt that she will get that Lilly Remarkable (LOVE that name!)
line produced one way or another.
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