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'What Not to Wear': The New Career Revitalizer?

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 26th 2010 2:00PM
Stacy London, Clinton KellyMake no mistake: 'What Not to Wear' is quality TV. Yes, we're referring to the show about two sassy stylists, Stacy London and Clinton Kelly, helping fashion disasters.

The series is known for taking the trashy, the lazy or the out-of-touch dresser and remaking them with modern haircuts, make-up techniques and flattering clothes.

But it's also now responsible for reinvigorating acting careers as well. Proof? Look no further than '80s and '90s stars Mindy Cohn and Mayim Bialik.

Hey, more than one counts as a trend!

'Blossom' star Mayim Bialik, who is now a series regular on 'The Big Bang Theory,' got the help of Stacy and Clinton in 2009. Then, she landed a recurring gig on ABC Family's mega-hit 'Secret Life of the American Teenager.' She followed up 'Secret Life' with her guest stint and subsequent promotion on the 'Big Bang Theory.' Check out photos of her transformation here, and video below.

'Facts of Life' star Mindy Cohn got the makeover treatment this season. What's she up to now? Oh, just landing a role in ABC Family's new Brenda '7th Heaven' Hampton pilot. (Hampton also happens to be the mastermind behind 'Secret Life.') Check out Cohn's transformation below.

Stacy and Clinton are known for getting at the heart of their subjects' fashion problems. Usually, deep beneath the '80s sweaters, tattered hair and bohemian skirts lie some insecurities, a confidence problem or some other sort of underlying personal issue.

I'm not saying the show gave these two women the confidence needed to land new roles, but every one of you can attest to the wonderful feeling of knowing you look good. When the hair is working and the outfit is sick, you can conquer anything!

Another possibility? Brenda Hampton might love 'What Not to Wear.'

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No, no, no. I much prefer to look bad, with my hair uncombed and the world's sloppiest clothes. That would be better than pretending you look good in one of the outfits this duo inflicts on people.

November 27 2010 at 2:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John F.C. Taylor

I've watched this program several times. Each time I've wondered if any of the people they were "helping" ever just hauled off and belted them. I can't think of anyone else except for Alton Brown who comes across as so self absorbed, self important as these two. Still, I suppose I'd grit my teeth and swallow my pride if it meant getting to spend $5K on a new wardrobe.

November 27 2010 at 7:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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