Do Looks Matter?

Reality TV remains one of the most popular genres of programming within pop culture. Well known shows like The Real World, Big Brother, Survivor and America’s Next Top Model invite audiences to explore life outside of typical syndication, where the action isn’t scripted. The results are undeniably entertaining. However, do looks matter when it comes to Reality TV?

Reality shows are addictive because of their unusual focus — this a world where the average person is the star in the middle. No matter who you are or where you’re from, casting for these shows are all-inclusive. The more diverse your personality, the greater the chances are you’re a focal point of the drama set to unfold across different seasons.

Physical appearance isn’t everything, even when it comes to reality talent. Reality TV productions are more concerned about offering their audiences a human experience, a different slice of life than what you’d typically find anywhere else.

Reality television shows like American Idol often feature budding talents as young as 16. The drag queens of Rupaul’s Drag Race are dedicated to showing the sillier side of the LGBT community. So while the perception is you must be another pretty face to make it on television, many niche reality TV shows would suggest otherwise. Looks aren’t always essential.