When we had a look at the first installment of VBS’ Liverpool-based beauty documentary last week, we were a bit cautious. Would it really teach us anything? Would it be a patronising look at a city that, ultimately, just enjoys looking kinda nice? Would it make us want to hide behind the sofa and want to be swallowed up in a cloud of our own cringe?
Well, the full length documentary’s just premiered online, and you can take a look for yourself. The hour-long film is in turn hilarious, concerning and rather illuminating. Certainly, for those of us who aren’t knee-deep in Fake Bake and steroids every week, it’s interesting to see the lengths the girls (and guys) in our city go to just to look impressive, and at any expense. Not just financial, but physical – the fillers, botox and Melanotan injections (a terrifying substance that tans you from the inside) are all contributing to a generation of Liverpudlians who want to be browner, sleeker, and plumper than their friends.
Aside from the revelations about expensive hair extensions and dodgy surgery, the documentary rapidly veers between being fascinating, hilarious and rather depressing. Herbert’s tales of ye olde Liverpool are vividly described, but they’re a million miles away from Palm Sugar’s glittery ceilings and the bafflingly un-self aware Amanda Moss’ “VIP house parties” (she’s reality TV gold, if any producers are reading).
We’re glad the documentary wasn’t a complete hatchet job – most of the girls interviewed come across as warm and naturally funny, if a bit lost. Certainly it doesn’t delve as deep as it could have into why the city wants to look and behave like it does, but it’s definitely worth watching in between your spray tan appointments.
Had a look? Let us know in the comments what you thought.