Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Transgendered: The Newest Reality Trend

The new season of "America's Next Top Model" premieres tomorrow night. The show has been kind of stale as of late, so it seems Tyra and the gang have thought of a way to spice it up.

The show features its first transgendered contestant (Isis: pictured right). One of the ladies, wasn't always. As a child he dreamed of becoming and model, and now she has the chance.

Although she's the only transgendered contestant on the show, she's in good company. Over on MTV, another transgendered character competes for a chance to work for Diddy.

Thus, the newest reality trend has begun. The gay roommate trend is played out, and now it seems reality TV is exploring a new taboo. Can we expect the same on "Real World," "Big Brother," "Survivor," "The Apprentice?" My guess is YES, until another trend comes along.

What do you think? Are reality shows featuring transgendered characters in hopes of increasing ratings, or is it just a sign of the times?

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