Reality shows are not my favorite things to watch. In this case I applaud VH1 for being on the cutting edge by educating the general public about Transgender people. When you know someone (even via television), it takes the demon out of the person(s).
VH1 and Left/Right Inc. have teamed up to bring to television the newest breed of fashion makeover shows with "Transform Me." Each half-hour episode follows the makeover of one woman who has found herself in a style nightmare. The subjects expect to be made over in typical reality show fashion, but are in for a surprise when a team of three transgender women arrive to give them an expert transformation. The new eight-episode 30-minute series is set to premiere March 15, 2010.
The ultra glamorous makeover team, led by Laverne Cox (VH1's "I Want to Work for Diddy") with Jamie Clayton and Nina Poon, travel across the country answering style-911 calls in their deluxe fashion ambulance, saving women from their clothing faux pas. But unlike other makeover shows, this series focuses on overall transformations, helping to improve each woman on the inside as well as the outside. The team will have to push each subject out of her emotional comfort zones and there will be no shortage of tears, arguments, and OMG! moments along the way.
Laverne, who appeared in the first season of VH1's "I Want to Work for Diddy" as the outspoken and poised transgender contestant, has also recently appeared in episodes of NBC's "Law and Order," HBO's "Bored to Death" along with several independent films, and has performed at Radio City Music Hall.
Based on an original concept and pitch by Laverne Cox and her production company Complete World Domination, "Transform Me" is executive produced by Banks Tarver and Ken Druckerman for Left/Right Inc. with Shelly Tatro, Danielle Gelfand, Kari McFarland and Jeff Olde serving as executive producers for VH1.