Girl Wants To Make a Living As a Model; MTV Labels Her “High Maintenance”
5:15 pm, April 5th | by Corinne Freilicher
MTV’s True Life seems be the only MTV program that has stayed consistent with how MTV used to be. The show still has the feeling of peeking into someone else’s life without feeling that the cameras are changing the perception. Unfortunately, some of what you end up seeing is pretty depressing. I recently caught an episode called “True Life: I Have a High Maintenance Girlfriend,” but it really should have been called, “True Life: I’m a Douchebag In a Toxic Relationship.”
The episode revolved around two couples: Isaiah/Erika, and Bobby/Miranda. I didn’t really have a problem with the portrayal of Isaiah’s relationship, as his girlfriend did really seem to be more concerned with appearance and material things rather with than her actual relationship. I don’t think she had a job, but for some reason she expected lavish showers of gifts. When Isaiah moves back to Orlando after living away from Erika for six months, the first thing she tells him is that she needs a new bag.
The major problem I had was with Bobby. Bobby’s girlfriend Miranda is a twenty year old shot girl and Playmate. The problem Bobby has with her is that she takes naked pictures for a magazine, and in addition to that works as a shot girl to bring home some cash. There doesn’t seem to be anything high maintenance about this particular girlfriend. Miranda has a full time job and career aspirations (granted, they are nude modeling aspirations, but it is something). Bobby seems to come off as a domestic dispute waiting to happen.
Bobby goes to Miranda’s job to shame her while she’s on the clock for working at a bar and for wearing “stripper heels.” Bobby complains that Miranda doesn’t “act like she is in a relationship” since she poses provocatively for magazines. He even shows up to a photo shoot that she books. I wonder if Miranda has ever seen Coyote Ugly? Bobby’s tagging along wouldn’t have lasted too long if Lil was Miranda’s boss.
The tipping point for me was when Bobby gave Miranda an ultimatum: get engaged or continue to pose nude. In a move that I can only describe as “Early Ike Turner,” Bobby calls Miranda his “secret ingredient” and tells her that her body needs to be kept a secret. Miranda is young and in love, so she complies.
This leads to one problem. Bobby spends all his time hanging around Miranda and talking about going to Walmart instead of working, so he can’t afford an engagement ring. Bobby goes to his Grandma to bail him out of the sticky situation he’s in. Knowing full well before he tells his Grandma that he plans to propose that she disapproves of the relationship, he heads over there. She tells him it’s not a good idea, and Bobby quickly agrees and heads back to breaks the news to Miranda. The episode ends with Miranda saying she wants to be a Victoria’s Secret model, and Bobby saying he is okay with that. As a Victoria’s Secret model, Miranda will be wearing less than she was as a shot girl, but more than if she were in Playboy, and the same amount of guys will be looking at his “secret ingredient.” Bobby, please explain your logic to me.
Their story seemed to be less of a story about a girlfriend wanting too much and more about a guy who’s very insecure and a bit manipulative. She might have just been posing nude, but it was something that made her happy and she was relatively successful at it, so what gives him the right to try and make her feel like she should cover up and be ashamed? If Miranda felt good and positive about what she was doing than I don’t know why Bobby claimed it wasn’t right, and MTV called her “high maintenance” for it. True Life FAIL.
Cory Freilicher is a twenty-something walking disaster living in Upstate New York. She is a stay at home mom with a flair for the dramatic and a love of really crappy Lifetime movies. Since becoming a stay at home mom in January 2012, she spends her time trying (and failing) to live a greener existence. You can follow this Twitter NOOB @CoryCoffeeHead.