“The Face” lift: Oxygen’s popular TV show inspires cut-up poem
Whenever I experience writer’s block—as one writer once told me, “you can’t force nature”—it seems to be cured (or exasperated) by binge-watching an entire season of a reality television series. I recently spent two days watching Season 1 of The Face (7 episodes) while simultaneously collecting lines from the show as potential writing material.
The show is a reality TV modeling competition on The Oxygen Network that premiered in February 2013. Hosted by Nigel Barker, a former judge on America’s Next Top Model, the series follows three supermodel coaches, Coco Rocha, Karolina Kurkova, and Naomi Cambell, as they compete with each other to find “the face” of ULTA beauty, a beauty retailer in the United States.
For the most part, all lines in the cut-up poem appear in chronological order. Nature works in mysterious ways.
(a poem composed entirely of found lines from season one of THE FACE)
The theme is sassy yet classy
Dress professionally yet relaxed
Be daring… the spirit of revolution
Military green apparel with a girly twist
Trend-setting fashionista, but accessible
Rough and edgy yet stylish
Celebrity style with glamour and sophistication
Quickly relaxed looks pulled off with ease
Inspired by free love, comfortable & flowing
Masculine pieces with a feminine touch
Can you believe you will have lingerie named after you?
Having to switch from sexy to conservative messes up my flow
To see them come together for a pillow fight
This is not fun—I am breaking inside
I don’t want to be the rookie anymore
I’m not doing an intervention with a psycho
I wouldn’t call any of them conservative
I know I’m doing this for my family
Girls, what do you think is happening today?
How fast can you get an outfit on without ruining your hair and make-up?
I didn’t even notice that my doorknob was hanging out
There is only one
You are the winner of a $5,000 shopping spree to Marshalls™
But career is second to family
I have to put being a mother first
Wearing dresses that are 10 to 30 pounds
I don’t want to fall down the stairs
I don’t like what she does with her mouth
It’s not going to be easy for either of you to select a girl
Sick of getting the holy ghost every time you win
You’re going to make people love this beanbag
(She fluffs a zebra-print beanbag)
I’m not the same girl
What’s in your bag?
I don’t want anything really awkward to come out of this bag
Extraordinary people sharing extraordinary products
(She pulls out a pair of bunny slippers)
You’re a little too old to be homesick
I’m frustrated because I love being black
Can you see my wrinkles here?
If this were a poker game
I would have all my chips on myself coming back
You’re not friends, you all want the same thing
I wanted to keep the girls who wanted to be here
Come on, Coco
I kept the best girls
Do not say my girl lied
You better recheck your facts
You better check your lipstick before you
Come and talk to me
What is trend development?
Tinted moisturizers, mineral foundation
They have shea butter in them
“Yes, I want to look like that”
Incredibly feminine and ageless
There’s no one like her