Guilty Pleasure: The Fashionista Diaries
By Nick Burns
Photo: Courtesy of SOAPnet/Craig Sjodin
I'm a sucker for trashy reality television.
There, I've said it.
While Project Runway is on hiatus, the void it left behind has lately been filled by The Fashionista Diaries. If you're not familiar with the show, it is the most dramatic and bitchy show on television that almost captures the life of being a lowly, entry-level assistant at a fashion magazine, public relations office or makeup brand. It's equal parts Mean
Girls, Project Runway, The Devil Wears Prada and Ugly Betty. And in
true Betty style, the show even stars a sweet girl from Queens whose
favorite designer is Juicy Couture.
The show stalks six assistants around New York City while they slave away to their undying love of fashion. Each assistant must perform certain tasks and duties as a group or individually from covering red carpet events to attending photo shoots and celebrity-studded events.
Of course, you can't have five girls and one supposedly-straight boy (who "took fashion classes to meet females") working together without some hair pulling, back stabbing and sordid romances. That's what makes the show worthy of airing on SOAPnet—the epicenter of soap opera quality drama. It's dramatic television gold!
The Fashionista Diaries brings back so many memories of being an young, bright-eyed intern in the cutthroat world of fashion. Okay, so my experience as an intern paled in comparison to the experiences that these kids endure, but I worked on the same floor as interns and assistants who could have easily penned The Devil Wears Prada.
The Fashionista Diaries airs Wednesdays at 9pm on SOAPnet. If you've missed the first few episodes, you can catch them on abc.com.