With it coming to a sad close this year, The Bold Type blew into our lives with humour, fash-un and relatable emotions which quickly captured our hearts. Everything from the perfectly casted cast, the music, the glitz and the glamour, make this a must-watch.
Set in the centre of a busy, and popular, fashion magazine, Scarlet, we follow three best friends in The Bold Type who all navigate a different part of the magazine.
Set in New York City, this American comedy-drama is inspired by the life of Cosmopolitan editor Joanna Coles.
We follow Jane, the writer who bounces from discussing political opinions to emotional pieces that tug at the heart. Sutton, who begins as an assistant before changing lanes—all the while juggling a secret relationship with a board member. Finally, Kat, the social media director who can cut anyone down with just 280 characters. At the helm of the ship is fair, kind and brilliant editor-in-chief, Jacqueline as well as a sea of other castmates who are epic in their own ways.
What makes this show brilliant is that it’s relatable to everyone who watches it. We’ve all been in a stressful position, added with balancing a social and family life. The girls constant “go get” attitude is inspiring, making you want to do the very thing you’ve put off. Although at times, especially in the world of media, The Bold Type may be unrealistic, there are several parts of it we should let inspire us.
Five Things To Inspire Us From The Bold Type
Here are five things which have inspired me, and I think people should take away from this amazing show.
Don’t Stop Chasing Your Dreams
With how competitive writing, social media and fashion is, all three of these women (and their fellow co-workers) constantly push themselves. Even when they fall on their behinds, they brush themselves off and get up. That doesn’t mean they aren’t relatable, they are, but you cheer for them and then for yourself. Which is the most wonderful feeling and should be held close to your chest as you chase that dream you have been putting off.
Friendships Is At It’s Heart
With lockdown keeping us from our friends, it’s so nice to have a friendship group we can curl up with that doesn’t need social distancing. They tell each other when they’re wrong, they are there for one another, and you almost wish they were your friends in real life. It also highlights how important having a strong core group of friends to rely on is; it also makes you want to hug your own friends a little tighter when you get a chance too. Treasure your day ones, even if you don’t have a fashion closet.
Being A Kind Manager Goes Far
We’ve touched on how competitive the magazine world is, but at the helm is Jacqueline. She’s a strong, multi-layered boss who tries to protect and care for her staff, as well as push them to be the best versions of themselves. A sharp, to the point, but also a kind woman who lets her walls down. She’s an inspiration on how to be a good manager. And something people should aspire to be like, especially with all the pressures we’ve faced in the last year.
It’s Okay To Not Be Okay
In episode 6 of season two, Jane actually says this to her friends. But all the way through, the writers of this show don’t hide away from complex issues. Even the ones we know. Like seeing your ex has moved on, juggling work-based rejection as well as health issues and a bunch of other things. They tackle racism, white privilege amongst an array of topics, which they take in their stride. They showcase the cast falling apart and how they come together, and it’s beautiful. Usually, these things are glossed over, and forgotten in the next episode, but not in The Bold Type. It’s refreshing, and nice to see them fall and learn how to stand again.
Your Twenties Are Hard, But You Learn A Lot
For many of us, we’re still living them. But, if you’re not, they’re hard—whether we are remembering them or looking to them. My Mum actually told me how much she loved this show because she related to Jacqueline, but also wanted to be a part of the trio’s friendship. It opened up conversations between us, about how hard life can be sometimes. You make decisions, and you think they’ll work out, and when they don’t it feels like the world has turned upside down. Seeing this translated to television is beautiful, and weirdly makes me feel a lot less alone. Especially as I’m still making mistakes, and likely will for several more years. For this reason alone, I think it’s an important show for young women. It showcases how multi-layered people can be, and how hard life can be sometimes.
You can find Season Five of The Bold Type coming in late May-June 2021 in America. If you’re living in the U.K, like myself, currently Netflix is showcasing season one to four.
So, if you’re after a fun, female-led show, check out The Bold Type and if you’re still hesitant, each episode is well received, even having a Rotten Tomatoes score of 97%.