"Emily in Paris" has been causing quite the stir since its release on Netflix, and not just because of its stylish couture and stunning views of the City of Love. No, the show has also been criticized for its unrealistic portrayal of female careers.
But let's be real, who among us hasn't daydreamed about spontaneously jetting off to Paris and landing ourdream job without even speaking the language? While it's fun to live vicariously through the main character, Emily, it's important to remember that the show is just that: a show. So put down the croissant-shaped hat and let's dive into why "Emily in Paris" might not be the best source of career advice (no matter how chic those outfits are).
The show portrays the main character, Emily, as effortlessly climbing the career ladder despite having little experience or qualifications. This suggests that career success is easy to achieve, which is not the case in reality.
Success in any field requires hard work, dedication, and time. It takes years of education, training, and experience to develop the skills and expertise needed to succeed in a particular field.
It also requires persistence, resilience, and a willingness to learn and adapt. Emily's quick and effortless rise to the top gives viewers the wrong impression of what it takes to succeed in the real world.
Let’s also keep it real "Emily in Paris" presents a highly idealized and glamorized version of working in the fashion industry. It shows the industry as full of parties, designer clothes, and shallow people, rather than the hard work and competition that are often part of the fashion world.
This can give viewers the wrong impression of what it's really like to work in the industry. The fashion industry is known for its very unglamourous cutthroat competition, long hours, and demanding workload. It requires a high level of creativity, innovation, and attention to detail. It is also a field that is constantly changing, requiring professionals to stay up-to-date with the latest trends and techniques. The show's portrayal of the fashion industry as easy and glamorous does a disservice to the hard work and dedication that are required to succeed in this field.
The show portrays Emily as constantly surrounded by attractive men who are interested in her, which feeds into the harmful stereotype that a woman's value and worth are tied to her looks rather than her intelligence, talent, or ambition.