SO FAR, SO CHIC
For me watching The Hills is one of my guilty pleasures. I know it's idiotic, I know it's fake... but it's a car crash and my eyes are glued to the scene. Obviously it lost a lot of its shine when Lauren Conrad jumped ship, and I wasn't sure I'd watch anymore. Needless to say I got sucked right back in and watched the whole subsequent series sans LC. Now the show's producers have finally called time and the upcoming season will be the last.
In the parallel world inhabited by The Hills, no mention is ever made of the fact the characters are now celebrities, or that the crew cordon off roads to film scenes without ever-present paparazzi photographers.
Another luminous pink elephant in the room has been the stars' blatant plastic surgeries. Heidi Montag had a boob job, nose job and lip injections in between seasons and not a word was said. It was tantamount to the episode of Roseanne where they brought in an entirely different actress to play Becky. Stephanie Pratt also had a nose job and lip injections and came back in season 6 looking all kinds of crazy. Both women are 23 years old!
In a bid to retain TV ratings for the final season the trailer reveals the other members of the cast reacting in horror to Heidi Version 3.0 – the result of the reality star having undergone ten surgical procedures in one day including brow lift, second nose job, second boob job and chin reduction (how come it looks like a man-chin now then?).
I'm pleased that young girls watching the show will see the appalled friends (including Stephanie, who I doubt will be piping up with any admissions of her own 'work') discussing Heidi's dramatic transformation from normal, pretty teen to bizarre, pneumatic alien. It's worrying to think that these blank-faced reality stars are the role models of a generation.
I may love Lauren Conrad's style but I also appreciate the intelligence, courage and ambition of many other esteemed women. I'm also old enough to know how ridiculous and unreal life according to The Hills is. We're in trouble if little girls want to be 'just like Heidi Montag' when they grow up.
I couldn't find a picture of her smiling for the final image in the series: I'm not sure she's able to.