Glamorous Season 1 Review: As the years go by, the awareness and acceptance of the LGBTQIA+ community has slowly and steadily risen in the society. We still have a long way to go, but there is hope for a better world out there. With shows like ‘Schitt’s Creek’, ‘Sex Education’ which show a healthy representation of the queer community, it was now time for a show centered around a queer character, and a rom-com nonetheless!
This Pride month, we see a celebration of one individual who embraced their sexuality and their true self without a worry of the world in the latest Netflix queer rom-com ‘Glamourous’. People have opinions and they will talk, but it does not mean that one should stop being who they are. Sure, the journey is not easy without the support, but determination and honesty does pay off in the end.
Glamorous Season 1 Review
Marco Mejia is a 20-something queer individual who lives and breathes makeup and fashion. He has a part-job at a cosmetics booth at the mall. He meets Madolyn Addison, a former model and the owner of Glamorous by Madolyn, a famous cosmetics brand. Madolyn is impressed by Marco’s knowledge and wit and hires him for an assistant position at her company. Marco soon makes a place for himself. His impeccable makeup and bold dressing sense always makes heads turns wherever he goes. He is queer and is not shy or apologetic about it. Soon, Marco faces challenges and temptations both, in his personal and professional life.
Amongst the many drama series that promise a queer story, ‘Glamorous’ joins the ranks of those with a promising and indulgent storyline. We have a queer male lead, and queer side characters too. We see the glamour of the drag world and the gay parties, we see the understanding and accepting attitude towards the LGBTQIA+ community. Each character has their highs and lows, and the story pans out rather well in the show as well. While the show largely focuses on the main lead Marco, each side characters gets their sweet time to dish out their character arcs and stories.
Kim Cattrall as Madolyn Addison, a yesteryear model and icon is a delight to watch on screen. The former ‘Sex and the City’ cast member exudes elegance and grace as Madolyn who mentors Marco and navigates her own ups and downs. Michael Hsu Rosen as Ben is simply wonderful. He wears his heart on his sleeve, and the cute and introvert nature just makes him much more adorable. Jade Payton as Venetia, Ayesha Harris as Britt and Zane Phillips as Chad help to drive the story ahead with a great addition of their own personal arcs. We see people who are headstrong and want to make it big but are somewhere lost. It is their partners and support systems who help and show them the way.
The show also went to show how the queer community is perceived even within their own community. When Marco’s boyfriend Parker wishes Marco to dress down and whenever Parker mentions that he has top pretend to the outside world, these instances show how the world is still not okay with the queer community. It also goes to show they hypocrisy and judgement that within the community – when Chad makes a remark at Marco that he (Chad) is “gay but not gay”, he made an underhanded negative retort towards Marco’s effeminate dressup and styling.
‘Glamorous’ runs on the lines of a typical romcom with a dilemma of romance for the lead, a slow burn with the side characters, the errors and acceptance of the lead and the side characters, a make it or break it challenge for the lead and of course the issues solved after a healthy dialogue. Despite the slight predictability of the plot, this romcom holds a steady flow of twists and turns throughout the ten episodes.
Will there be season 2 of Glamorous?
The finale episode showed Marco’s mom moving out to Phoenix for a new job. Marco is out in the world by himself, looking for a new roof over his head. We also see that he comes out to his mother that he is actually a girl. He is seen heading to a specialist’s clinic to begin on his journey to embracing his true self. He resolves his conflict with Ben, but there is still a lot to talk about and heal between the two.
We also see that Madolyn Addison starts on a new and fresh front with her beauty business. Venetia is promoted to a creative head position and Chad moves out to pursue his dreams. If these pointers are any indicators, then there are good chances that there will be a sequel to this bubbly queer romcom.
JAL Rating – Glamorous Season 1 Rating
JAL gives ‘Glamorous’ a stunning 4.5 flawless strokes. Have you watched the show? What are your thoughts?