Slice has hit a home run with the first season of The Real Housewives of Vancouver. The first Canadian offering of the Real Housewives franchise set ratings records for the network when it was launched. It kept up those ratings throughout the course of the season, and has become one of the most successful launches in the franchise. News of the show being picked up for a second season did not come as much of a shock.
The frustratingly wealthy line-up of Christina Keisl, Ronnie Negus, Jody Claman, Mary Zilba, and Reiko Mackenzie has kept viewers completely arrested by their television screens, being watched by over a million viewers each week.
Though many describe the show as a spectacle that's fun to hate, the somewhat universal success of the franchise as a whole raises the question, "Why?"
Why do thousands tune in to watch Jody walk around in slippers and a fur coat, berating her friends for their poor life choices? Why is it so fascinating to watch a former beauty queen attempt to rejuvenate a music career? It's not for the music. That much is obvious.
Could it be that we (the masses) actually care about those Botox frozen faces? Do many feel the pain of Christina "the wounded gazelle" Kiesl when she shares her experiences of being teased as a young girl? Or is it envy of the luxury life of Reiko Mackenzie and her fleet of supercars?
Truthfully, the show revolves around a quest for happiness for each of the cast, and while many may mock the Botox and "boob-jobs" from the show as silly extremes, the general public just as likely to seek happiness with a few touch ups here and there.
Dr. Jonathan Suzuki works as an orthodontist in Vancouver, and sees many adult patients actively seeking to improve their look with the common, yet less invasive procedures seeking the "perfect smile."
"The pressure to look good is higher now than it's ever been, and the easiest way to feel good about the way you look is having confidence in your smile," says Dr. Suzuki.
New innovations in technology are pushing the demand for straighter smiles further than ever. The Invisalign system can now realign a person's smile with a nearly invisible thermoplastic, while Incognito hidden braces can hide the orthodontist's handiwork completely, affixing the brackets to the opposite side of the teeth, resulting in completely hidden braces.
"These days, you don't have to sacrifice looking good now, in order to look your best in the future," added Dr. Suzuki.
Is it all vanity? Not all. "The improved quality of life with a well aligned smile is just too great to ignore", he says, adding, "You really are happier the more you smile. Properly spaced teeth are also easier to clean, and wear evenly, contributing to better oral health and a longer lasting smile over your lifespan. The bottom line is that great smiles change lives."
Still, examining the fascination with personal beauty and success can help highlight the real appeal of The Real Housewives of Vancouver. It's almost shocking to find out just how much it is possible to relate their "reality".
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