The Bold Type

The Bold Type is a show that first aired on Freeform on June 20, 2017. This series was created by Sarah Watson and it is inspired by the life of former Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Joanna Cole. 

The cast of the show includes: Jane Sloan (Katie Stevens), a writer, Kat Edison (Aisha Dee), the social media director, Sutton Brady (Meghann Fahy), a fashion assistant, Adena El Amin (Nikohl Boosheri), a freelance photographer, Alex Crawford (Matt Ward), another writer, and Jacqueline Carlyle (Melora Hardin), the editor-in-chief of Scarlet Magazine. The first two seasons have already aired and filming for the third season ended on October 30, 2018.

The Bold Type is a comedy-drama about three friends, that all work for a popular women’s magazine called Scarlet, which is meant to empower women all over the country. This show also sheds light to current issues such as racial struggles, immigration, and sexuality.

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During the first season, Kat comes to the realization that she is bisexual and starts dating a woman named Adena, who identifies as a lesbian Muslim and is staying in America on a work visa. Jane struggles with writing an article on breast cancer because of her mother who unfortunately died of it, but she learns to get through situations she is not comfortable with, with the help of boss Jacqueline, in order to become a better writer. Sutton is also in a relationship in the first season, with Richard, who is a board member of Scarlet, and this is a reoccurring conflict because they both have trouble figuring out whether their relationship is worth hiding and if it is worth it.  

Jacqueline is not the typical mean boss that is showcased in many television shows, and the audience is quickly able to see how kind she is and how much she cares for her employees and the magazine. Jacqueline and Jane form a type of bond that goes a bit farther than just a boss and employee relationship; Jacqueline is a great mentor for Jane, and she encourages her to get out of her comfort zone for certain stories so that she can be the best writer possible. The Bold Type is all about female empowerment, and Jacqueline is a great character that has a strong role and inspires many women. Even though the majority of board members are still men working at a female magazine, they are slowly making progress in terms of female employment in higher positions.

This show particularly appeals to women and showcases the friendship of three friends living in New York who are trying to make a name for themselves. Jane is passionate in terms of her job as a writer, but she has had many problems along the way, like leaving Scarlet to join another company and then getting fired. She becomes unemployed for some time, and it becomes hard for her, especially living in an expensive state like New York. Kat is a woman who is not afraid to speak her mind and do what she thinks is right even if others don’t agree, which in my opinion, makes her one of the best characters. She is faced with difficult situations regarding her race and sexuality, but she still powers through and becomes even stronger. Sutton was an assistant at Scarlet when the show first started, but she knew she wanted to do more than just get coffee for the Executive Editor, so she worked hard to get a job as a fashion assistant, even though she would be getting paid less. She is passionate about fashion and found a way to pursue it even if it meant not earning as much as before.

They all face issues but they have each other and it makes getting through the tough times, easier. This show talks about many important topics that are prevalent in modern society, and the content might be a little heavy, but it keeps the perfect level of comedy and seriousness needed to captivate the audience. This has become one of my favorite series and I can’t wait for season 3, which is said to be airing this spring.  

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