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Model Behavior With Sharon Quinn: Reality Television and The Curvy Chick!, 2/01/2010
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Meet Sharon Quinn

Reality Television and The Curvy Chick!


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 Television as 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 2000.  Documentaries and 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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