Netflix’s “Styling Hollywood” Promotes Diversity

American actress and singer Taraji P. Henson arrives on the red carpet for a screening of the film “Hidden Figures” at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 in Washington DC. The film is based on the book of the same title, by Margot Lee Shetterly, and chronicles the lives of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson -- African-American women working at NASA as “human computers,” who were critical to the success of John Glenn’s Friendship 7 mission in 1962. Photo Credit: (NASA/Joel Kowsky)

Netflix spices up its range of content with the reality series “Styling Hollywood.” Featuring two African-American husbands, this show explores the high-end fashion and real estate world of diverse celebrities. 

Similar to the structure of “Queer Eye,” “Styling Hollywood” features different clients every episode. Instead of giving make-overs, “Styling Hollywood” increases the fashion and luxury in celebrities. Husbands Jason Bolden and Adair Curtis are partners of the elite JSN studio based in Los Angeles. While Bolden styles celebrities to walk various red carpets, Curtis provides pristine services of home designing. 

“Styling Hollywood” tastefully builds upon while exploring the personal lives of the romantic pair, along with JSN’s associates. Bolden and Curtis playfully recount the story of their first meeting between the scenes of assisting their A-list clients. The pair is even shown arguing about their decision to wait to have children versus having them now. Kafia, JSN’s operation’s manager and  Curtis’ friend of 11 years, is shown bickering with Curtis because of her multiple commitments outside of Knowing the backstories of the series’ stars allows for a more intimate watch. 

The entertaining part about “Styling Hollywood” is that there are scenes with the celebrities that JSN is working with as well. Curtis is shown shopping at a high-end furniture store with Gabrielle Union, actress well known for her work in “Bring It On.” She is currently a judge on “America’s Got Talent.” As the pair walk through the store and Curtis suggests pieces, Union playfully shows wide eyes at the high prices. She evidently isn’t wasteful about money. Since the two are friends, there is even a moment in which Union counsels Curtis about his relationship with Bolden. 

The audience is shown  Bolden and his styling assistant John scrambling to find a dress for Taraji P. Henson, actress known for her work in “Hidden Figures” and television series “Empire.” When the dress initially ordered arrives with a tear, the pair struggle to find a dress until they finally settle on one, hours before the Emmys. John worries for the state of his job, seeing as he made mistakes with Bolden’s orders prior, and it is his first time working for a stylist. 

“Styling Hollywood” is the perfect reality TV show. With just enough drama that keeps it entertaining and tasteful without being overbearing, it is an encapsulating series. It is interesting for those that may watch celebrities on television and see their outfits on the red carpet to see the hours of work that stylists put in to make them look extravagant on screen. Additionally, fans may notice videos of celebrities’ homes on Snapchat or through videotaped house tours, but never see the behind the scenes work that home designers put in to live up to the elite lifestyle. Additionally, it is nice to have positive representations in the media of black gay men being successful. 

Although there is no confirmation of a second season, there is no doubt that “Styling Hollywood” would live up to one. There are always more celebrities to style, and more houses to be redone. 

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