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13 Things About "What Not To Wear" You Probably Didn't Know

TLC, if you're reading this, bring back WNTW!!!

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1. The original What Not to Wear actually started in the UK and lasted seven seasons (2001–2007).

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The British versions of Stacy and Clinton are Susannah Constantine and Trinny Woodall. They hosted the first five seasons, and then Lisa Butcher and Mica Paris took over as cohosts for the final two seasons.

2. What Not to Wear was picked up in the US in 2003 and starred cohosts Stacy London and...not Clinton Kelly?!

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Yep, Clinton didn't join Stacy until season two! The original cohost was celebrity stylist Wayne Scot Lukas. I tried to track down photos of him and Stacy from the show, but it turns out season one is a complete mystery and lost in a black hole that is the World Wide Web. (I am serious, plz tell me how to find Season 1!)


4. Most people were legitimately nominated by friends and family, and then 100% ambushed by Stacy and Clinton.


I am honestly thrilled to hear that most of the participants didn't nominate themselves. Joanna, a former WNTW participant from Season 4, wrote on Reddit: β€œMy husband nominated me and oh yes, it was a HUGE surprise. In fact, my entire family, my boss, and even my neighborhood was in on it.”

5. The show definitely filmed secret footage of the participants before they came on the show...but sometimes it was pretty obvious.


Erin, a participant from Season 5, wrote on Reddit: β€œI wasn't surprised because people started asking me to do things out of blue and not usual. All of the footage was 'secret' but sometimes it was obvious what was going on.”


9. The contestants actually shopped with stylists and production assistants.


Participants said that the stylists and production assistants were often more helpful than Stacy and Clinton. The assistant would help keep track of finances, while the stylists would have racks of clothes pulled for the participant at different stores.

10. The participants did get $5,000 to spend...but they were required to pay taxes on it. Womp, womp.


Joanna wrote, "I was super lucky, or maybe this is the norm, but one of the producers told me the first day to NOT spend all $5,000 and set aside some of the money for taxes."

11. Oh, and they also have to use part of their $$$ to put toward tailoring.


You know when you watch WNTW and all of the clothes fit PERFECTLY during the reveal? Well, that's because they have a tailor that alters every piece of clothing bought to fit the participant. Buuuut, the participiant has to use part of their five Gs to pay for it.

12. They refilmed multiple scenes during each episode.


β€œThe most annoying thing about taping is HOW MANY TIMES you have to say something," Joanna wrote. "You film it as you would say it naturally, they give you feedback, you try to stick to what you originally said with their prompts/coaching advice. Then a plane flies overhead and messes up the sound, so you have to say it again. Then someone walks by on the street and coughs or sneezes...a million takes later and it still isn't gets exhausting.”

13. Clinton keeps in touch with some of the contestants.


After the show wrapped up in 2013, Clinton told Today, "I keep in touch with about 100 of them, believe it or not, whether that's Twitter or Facebook or a text message here and there. I had some great times with some of them. You know, we really affected people's lives positively. So it was a good experience."

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