What Not To Wear: 7 Behind The Scenes Secrets
5. The Days are Long
Like many shows in general, especially reality shows, there’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes and the filming process is so much longer than what is seen in the final edit. Often times hours and hours of footage that are shot is whittled down for a few minutes. Contestants have to say things over and over again until they get the perfect shot. “Every day was epically long. Day one was watching the secret footage they filmed of me hanging out with friends in my neighborhood looking like an absolute lazy schlub. I then had to model my regular wardrobe for Stacy and Clinton and spend some quality time in the show’s patented 360 mirror, while being flanked by two gorgeous, tall, TV-ready people, to really make you feel ugly. But this is how the show works: they break you down in order to build you up,” said former participant, Jules Gerstein.
4. $5,000 Spending Limit
Each episode follows the same format where the participant goes shopping on their own with their $5,000 spending limit — or so it seems. In reality, they aren’t alone. They are given an envelope of spending money and are accompanied by an assistant who keeps track of all their spending. Former contestant Addie Broyles said the card that was shown on air given by Clinton and Kelly was actually fake. “To viewers, it appears as though I’m shopping solo on that first day, but I was actually accompanied by a small posse: the assistant with the cash, another production assistant with a camera, [and] a producer,” said Broyles. The money they are given to spend is actually the contestants own cash, so they get final say in not only what they want to buy, but also how much they want to spend. They could potentially pick out one belt and then say “I’m done” and walk away, of course this would ruin the show and that episode would never go to air. According to executive producer, Michael Klein, contestants are strongly encouraged to stay within their $5,000 limit: “anything that is left over is theirs to keep. I think the most anyone has ever had left is $29.37.”