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Alexandra Williams sent me a message on Facebook to let me know that TLC is searching for female Hurricane Katrina survivors for a show that will be filmed in New Orleans. The following is an email that I received after my initial contact:

New Pitch – Females with Katrina Stories

TLC’s show, “What Not to Wear” is currently filming it’s 8th season and we are casting women from the New Orleans area. We are looking to highlight deserving women around the city and we’d love to feature someone who survived Katrina and as a result, is struggling with wardrobe issues that are hurting their career and social lives.

I’ve included information about the show below and look forward to speaking with you further about this heartwarming opportunity. We are looking to film 4 episodes in the New Orleans area. Looking to get some amazing women with great personalities! If you could help out by spreading the word I would greatly appreciate it.

HOW TO SECRETLY NOMINATE SOMEONE: Fill out the information below and send it back to cweissman@bbcnyproduction.com with a few pictures that show your nominee’s poor style choices. Let me know if you have any questions! We will need this info back ASAP in order for a nominee to be considered!

  • HER NAME:
  • AGE:
  • SIZE/HEIGHT:
  • ADDRESS:
  • OCCUPATION:
  • MARITAL STATUS:
  • DESCRIBE HER PERSONALITY:
  • DESCRIBE IN DETAIL HER STYLE:
  • HOW IS HER STYLE HOLDING HER BACK IN LIFE?
  • INTERESTING ANECDOTES ABOUT CONSEQUENCES OF HER POOR STYLE:

*Include your info, your name, phone number and relation to the nominee!
*Attach AT LEAST 3 pictures of her that show her bad style

Sincerely,

Cara Weissman
Casting Producer
What Not to Wear
212-254-2629 ext 25

About the show:

“WHAT NOT TO WEAR” provides fashion intervention to people nominated by friends/family/co-worker as someone who desperately needs a style overhaul! Fashion experts, Stacy London and Clinton Kelly then confront the person and reveal their plan to teach them “WHAT NOT TO WEAR” sorting through the person’s current wardrobe and providing them with rules for maximizing their best assets and personal style. They are given a Visa card worth $5,000, and its time to hit the shops. After a consultation with Stacy and Clinton on these new clothing choices, along with a dramatic hair and makeup revamp, viewers will see a complete transformation and a stunning reveal.

Visit the website:

For fashion before and after photos visit the official Web site http://tlc.discovery.com/tv/what-not-to-wear/. More than 10,000 people per month are nominated by their friends and family members through the Web.

Connect with the TLC Audience:

  • TLC is in 85 million homes in the US
  • 23.3 million viewers tune into TLC each week
  • 83 million viewers tune in to watch TLC each month
  • TLC ranks #1 in concentration of upscale adults 25-54 and 18-49 in prime time

I also found more information here. Apparently, you are not supposed to nominate yourself.

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