Fashion Reports

Fashion Report - Episode Nine

Daria: We have lots to talk about this week, since weíre covering two episodes, but first, Iíd like to announce that the Fashion Reporters are now an international crew. Yes, the lovely and talented Kanuck, whose name says it all, is joining us this week while Swimmerboy takes a well-deserved vacation. Welcome, Kanuck! Do you have any fashion observations on this season as a whole?
Iím not going to endorse the subjugation of women under any circumstances, but I do think itís respectful to be somewhat more covered up in the countries where a show of skin is unacceptable.
Kanuck: Thanks for the welcome, Daria! I have noticed a shortage of hats (Hating or otherwise) this season. A few racers wore toques in Russia and Chip had a ball cap this week, but on the whole, this crowd has fallen short of the standard set by the earlier seasons. I also have a travel-geek interest in backpack sizes and wardrobe selection. For example, weíve only seen Chip wear three different t-shirts recently, and yet he has the largest backpack of the group. Iíd be curious to know what he (and some of the others) have hidden in their packs Ė now thatíd be quite the Insider clip!

Daria: Going all the way back to the episode in which the teams were leaving Tanzania for Dubai (and that seems so long ago!), I was saddened to see the Bowling Moms wearing my least favorite shirts. However, they later said in one of the CBS Insider Videos for Episode 8 that they decided the shirts were bad luck and threw them out. I never thought Iíd say this in the Fashion Report (I say it lots of other places, just not here), but ďYay, Moms!Ē The other thing that struck me about Episode 8 was the lack of jumpsuits for skydiving. Better your own clothes than naked, I guess.

Kanuck: Heh. The divers may not have followed Erikaís example, but they did wear some classic bomber hats and goggles. Speaking of eyewear, the twins wore sunglasses a few times during these two episodes, but other than that, sunglasses seem to have fallen out favour along with hats Ė Iím sure the sun-protection types are disappointed. Back to Dubai, Iíll stretch the scope of our fashion reports and give an honourable mention to the camelsí crocheted mouth guards Ė fashionable and functional!
Iím not going to endorse the subjugation of women under any circumstances, but I do think itís respectful to be somewhat more covered up in the countries where a show of skin is unacceptable.
Daria: Iím not going to endorse the subjugation of women under any circumstances, but I do think itís respectful to be somewhat more covered up in the countries where a show of skin is unacceptable. In general, I think most racers are sensitive to this. At Wild Wadi, both of the Moms and Nicole (I didnít notice Kim) seemed to be well-covered for the circumstances, but when I thought about it, I wondered if it might have been for practicality more than anything. After all, there are limited opportunities to change while theyíre racing, and if theyíre at all concerned about sun exposure, the less skin showing the better. I only recall one instance of actually seeing a racer apply sunscreen, in Singapore during TAR3, but I assume and hope they all use it. I also wonder why they donít wear sunglasses more often in some of these sunny countries.

Kanuck: I took a closer look at the waterpark scenes, and it looked like most of the racers wore tanks tops and shorts theyíve worn at other times. Kimís floral outfit may have been a bathing suit, as I donít recall seeing it before. I agree that none of the outfits should have been offensive, and Iím guessing that standards at a waterpark in Dubai may be laxer than elsewhere in the region. As you mentioned, in many parts of Africa and the Middle East both women and men are expected to dress modestly. Given that, I think Iíd probably choose capris or zip-off/quick-dry pants instead of shorter shorts if I had to pick from among the styles worn by the female racers. I also liked the various tank tops worn by many of the women in these two episodes, and Brandon had a few cute sleeveless shirts, too.

Daria: Brandon was as gorgeous as ever with his shirt off. I also completely understand why he and Nicole didnít shave their heads. Going back to the Insider Videos, Brandon explained that if a check for $1 million had been right there waiting for them, they would have done it. But at that point, there were four other teams still in the race, and they couldnít assume anything about the outcome. So sure, theyíre in the modeling industry, and since hair grows back at about half an inch per month, theyíd be committing to another three (him) to six (her) months minimum hiatus beyond the month they took off for the race. It wasnít worth the gamble. Do you have any thoughts on this, Kanuck? Oh, and what about Phil?

Kanuck: I think I can understand their decision that it was too risky given their unique situation, although it would have been interesting too see them go through the rest of the race with shaved heads. As for Phil, I preferred his outfits in episode 8 - a brown shirt and jeans, and then a blue denim shirt, both colours that suit him well. While the off-white outfit in episode 9 fit the desert surroundings, something about it didnít really work. Maybe itís that Iím not a big fan of single-colour outfits, or maybe the pants were too high-waisted, but it wasnít my favourite look (but not as bad as The Sweater, thankfully!). The outfit in India wasnít great either, although I think that the striped top would have worked with jeans.
Colinís outrageous behavior in the Tanzanian police station wins him this seasonís first Ugly Ass, accompanied by Swahili lessons and a plate of scrambled eggs dumped over his head.
Daria: Time once again for the Pretty People awards. But first, sadly, I must bring back an award that weíve been fortunate enough to ignore thus far. And that is the Ugly Ass award. Colinís outrageous behavior in the Tanzanian police station wins him this seasonís first Ugly Ass, accompanied by Swahili lessons and a plate of scrambled eggs dumped over his head. You donít wear it well, Colin, but no one ever does. On a cheerier note, I want to give my Pretty People award this week to Brandon and Nicole. Feeling certain of impending Philimination, they showed grace and class despite their understandable disappointment, and they understood that there are more important things than winning, namely their love for each other and their faith. This team has grown up as theyíve gone along, and itís been heartwarming to watch. Kanuck, who gets your Pretty People award this week? And are you handing out an Ugly Ass, too?

Kanuck: I think the awards will be unanimous this week. Brandon and Nicole had some challenges, but they didnít give up, continued to support each other, and were excited to still be in the race, so Iím happy to give them the Pretty People award. It was a close call, as Chip and Kim have continued to be pleasant and positive racers, but theyíve already won several times this season, so theyíre my runners-up this time. Colinís behaviour in Tanzania left no doubt that another Ugly Ass award needed to be presented. Hereís hoping we wonít need it again this season.

Thanks for the opportunity to contribute to this weekís Fashion Report, and your regular team will be back in two weeks!



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