17 Early ‘00s Reality Shows We Almost Forgot About

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The Swan


The Swan first premiered on FOX in 2004. Like many reality TV shows of its era, it was deeply problematic and paid little attention to the consequences of its own actions. The premise was this: a group of plain women competed to see who could be transformed into the most beautiful “swan.” The transformation involved extreme dieting and plastic surgery. The show culminated in a beauty pageant in which the women would be judged on their new appearances. Full yikes. The show’s premise went on to inspire a slew of similarly problematic shows that focused solely on the physical aspects of their contestants’ appearances. Let’s just say we’re not clamoring for a reboot anytime soon.

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