How Do I Look? SA is back! Here's what to expect
Cape Town – The second season of How Do I Look? SA starts on Thursday night on E! Entertainment (DStv 124) at 20:00.
Six of the 12-episode season will be broadcast this year, and another six in early 2019.
Both Roxy Burger and Kat Sinivasan return as presenters, with a set change as well as other improvements to the localised version of the NBC Universal International Formats show that makes the pretty good first local season now even better.
Speaking about their favourite moment on the upcoming second season, Kat says: "It's our favourite moment. Everybody's going to love it when they see it."
Burger explains. "We had an absolute super-fan of How Do I Look? She watched the international versions, she watched the first season of How Do I Look? SA. She nominated a friend to be in the show, she was so incredibly excited, and all that she wanted to do was to take clothes and put them up the vacuum tube that sucks all the old clothes into fashion heaven.
"So I said to her, 'come on over.' She walks up so confidently to the suction tube and she takes that handle and she pulled it so hard that she broke it. And we've kept it in the show!
"She's hysterical and mortified and she's such a fan of the show. And she just goes: 'I broke the set.' She's literally almost in tears and it's a hilarious moment. So that was incredibly funny."
About the other changes in the new season, Roxy says: "It has more of a local South African flare and flavour.
"We delve deeper this time into the journeys that each of our participants go on. We scratch deeper below the layers and get a bit more intimate and each of them come from really different walks of life. I've personally learnt so much on this season.
"This season we've also focused on supporting local creatives: From photographers to artisans to designers.
"There is an episode this season where all connections are completely local – custom-made local pieces done for a particular woman in that episode. And it's really important for us to shine a light on the talent that we have in this country, because there is exceptional talent here."
"I think the moments where I get to reveal each participant and they get to see themselves for the first time is also something new in the second season – it’s a really special moment. I've felt quite honoured and privileged to take them through that moment and to share that moment," Roxy adds.
"The set is amazing – our loft apartment – is really cool. The set is very different from the first season.
"And then also the makeup room: The 'props' were makeup and hair-styling equipment so it was amazing. We pretty much used everything and the director would shout in my ear because I would stare at all the lipsticks and he would say, 'Don't touch the props.' It was great and a very functional set."
"Also this season I'm not pregnant," Roxy laughs.
"In the first season on a Tuesday I would try something on and by Thursday it would not fit. And these poor stylists just looked at me. They were so exasperated. My belly was growing at a rate of zero to a hundred. The second season of How Do I Look? SA is fantastic. I could drink Red Bull. I could have coffee and I wasn't growing by the second."
This season Kat is given more screen time and more to do, about his expanding role Kat says: "I have gone to the homes of each and every single one of our participants this season. Going to their houses and speaking to the accomplices I've got a real sense of why they’re fashion stunted. Roxy on the other hand goes through the entire makeover process with all the ladies – their style insecurities.
"By the time they walk into the studio, we understand their lives. This time around it's more personalised and we get to see their duality in every single episode.
"Every time they feel like they don't want to do something, she brings them back to the table. She has also managed to mould herself to every single lady because every episode of the second season of How Do I Look? SA has been created for that specific individual as a journey. And seeing Roxy going through this journey with each of the ladies is absolutely incredible.
"What's really incredible is that it's a format show but we're able to morph it into its own thing to give it its own South African flavour."
Tune in to How Do I Look? SA Thursdays at 20:00 on E! (DStv 124)