Gok Wan is a name that I didn’t think I’d be using on this blog. I’m not into fashion, boring as it might sound I prefer practical, always have. However he does make fashion fun and he’s got a surplus of charisma that tends to enthuse rather than repulse me as some over the top TV stars tend to.
I think the reason that I like Gok as a personality is that he is always positive and presents one of my favourite “chewing gum” programmes, “How To Look Good Naked”. I say chewing gum as it’s chewing gum for the mind in a way. I detest programmes like “The Swan”, or “Extreme Makeover” because the person getting “the treatment” is physically very different by the time the so called experts have finished with them. While there is undoubted merit in enhancing a person’s physical appearance to give them the confidence to change their lives I find it difficult to understand why anyone would want to turn out as a carbon copy of Tyra Banks.
So Gok’s softer approach, emphasising how to maximise what you’ve got is much more to my liking. It’s also much more practical for the majority of us mortals who don’t have a suitcase full of money as required by the cosmetic surgery biased formats.
I don’t like the idea of conformity as a comfort blanket and hate blind acceptance of widely held attitudes without something more than popular opinion to back them up.