This week I was watching a new show on Freeform called The Bold Type. According to their Facebook page, “the show reveals a glimpse into the outrageous lives and loves of those responsible for the global women’s magazine Scarlet. The rising generation of Scarlet women leans on one another as they find their own voices in a sea of intimidating leaders. Together they explore sexuality, identity, love and fashion.” Honestly, based on that description I didn’t really think I would be interested. The show seemed like it was going to be one of those filler shows that air during the summer and then get cancelled because they weren’t that good to begin with, but boy was I wrong.
Freeform aired two episodes of The Bold Type on Tuesday night and I LOVED them. What really struck me about the show are the three main girls, Jane, Kat, and Sutton, who are each bold in their own ways whether that was through embracing their sexualities, taking risks in terms of jobs, or putting themselves out there in ways that might be a little crazy or intimidating.
In just two episodes it was really clear to see character development and how impactful this show is for our generation of women. The characters stand up for what they believe in, they’re empowering in a way that I have never seen on television before, and the best part is that despite the romantic aspects of the plot line, it’s not a show about women trying to find love or a show where their lives center around men; it’s a show that is so much more than that and has the potential to inspire a lot of real women. I watched the show with my little sister (which might not have been the best idea because of the PG-13 content) and it was pretty refreshing to realize she’s going to grow up in a time where there are shows like The Bold Type that focus on women and the struggles they face in work and in life. Kat, Jane, and Sutton are introduced as three characters who work in the fashion industry, but it’s already been implied that this is not intended to be a permanent work situations as the three women make decisions that will either lead them to their dreams or steer them further away.
I’m really surprised by how much this show impacted me with two episodes. Usually, a series will start slow and pick up later but The Bold Type really drew me in from the start. I’m hopeful that the future episodes will continue to inspire women to live life to the fullest and to embrace every challenge life throws at them. I hope the show demonstrates that there are different ways to be bold and there’s no one right way to be a woman. I expect it to be open to interpretation so that anyone can derive a message from it.