Every week on the Today show, there are segments that air at certain times, and on most Friday’s during the fourth hour, one such segment is “Ambush Makeover.” Two women are selected from the people watching the show outside, whisked inside the studio, and given new haircuts, clothes, and a make-up application. The women are always thrilled, and so are their friends and/or family that accompanied them.
It dawned on me while watching Today today (ha) that I have never seen a man selected for Ambush Makeover. I’ve also never heard that it’s just open to women. Where are the men makeovers? Have men refused in the past? Do they think viewers don’t want to see men made over? Is it just never enough of a transformation? Do they feel like you have to be able to chop off inches of hair and throw on a dress and voila! it’s a makeover?
It’s been a while since Queer Eye for the Straight Guy was on the air, but it was popular at the time, and I remember seeing some really awesome makeovers, not only of a man’s outward appearance but also their confidence. Obviously, it wasn’t an ambush makeover in the sense that they had days to work on their subject, but it wasn’t like they had years, either. Enough people watched the show to give it several seasons, so I can’t imagine that an Ambush Makeover with men wouldn’t work.
There’s a lot to delve into on this topic, from the idea that anyone needs a makeover at all to the fact that a woman with gray in her hair is almost automatically urged to grab a box of hair dye. But I’m interested in hearing from all of you: What do you think about makeovers in general? Will they ever be pushed on men the same way they are on women?