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It's hard work being a mum - morning sickness, labour, sleepless nights,
but it's all worth it the first time your baby girl looks at you and says "I love you, Mummy". Ah.
Where does it all go so, so wrong?
Up and down the United Kingdom, mums are refusing point-blank to grow up.
That is more than enough cleavage. That, however, is not.
They're outraging their daughters with their behaviour...
Oh, my God! Would you like your mum dancing like that?
..and their outfits.
Oh, their outfits.
I feel hot.
At Hotter Than My Daughter, we take mums and daughters
whose roles have got confused over the years.
We meet mums who won't lose the clubbing gear...
Talk about my butt and jeans, I can see your butt.
..and daughters who don't care what they wear...
I'd wear that with a pair of leggings and white Converse, and be done.
And then I'd probably sleep in it as well that night!
..before asking a very public jury what to do about their look.
I just think you look like a hooker. It's quite embarrassing.
And of course, handing out the mother of all makeovers.
It used to be that looking young was a genetic lottery that few women ever won.
Then along came Cher with her never-changing face,
and now if you get wrinkles, you're letting yourself go.
Looking ten years younger is obligatory, which has thrown mums
and daughters into competition with each other.
Well, have no fear. We at Hotter are here to redress the balance and bring style harmony back.
Coming up, we meet Nubia, who dresses like a princess.
Unfortunately, it's Princess Anne.
This is what 18 year-olds should be wearing to go out.
And her mum Glenys, who by day is mild, but at night goes wild.
There's nothing showing, is there?
Maybe my love handles, but other than that...!
But first, Heather and Coral, mum and daughter from Scotland,
who both insist on being princesses.
I think I'd rather be dead than wear jeans and a T-shirt.
-I would wear that, Coral.
-I wouldn't allow you to go out the door in that.
It's far too short for you. 'I think my mum should step aside'
and let me go, because she's had her time, so it's my time now.
16-year-old Coral Munro lives in Fife in Scotland with dad Mark,
younger sister Iona and mum Heather,
A former hairdresser, Heather met husband Mark when she was just 17.
When the girls were born three years later, she became a full-time housewife.
My dad is kind of like piggy in the middle.
The girls, being girls, are discussing clothes, make-up, celebrities.
So when all that starts, it's time for me to leave. Get away on the bike.
I feel quite sorry for him, because the dogs are female as well.
Mark works on the oil rigs one month on, one month off, so for six months of the year, it's just the girls.
Very big fake tanners in this house.
I spray the girls and the girls spray me when Mark's not here.
-That's far too short for you.
-Shop till they drop while he's not here. I do spoil her sometimes
-when I take her out, because it's a mum's duty.
-'I probably have about'
150 pairs of shoes, and I probably have about 100 bags.
This one, I got for my birthday.
This one, I got for my sweet 16th. It's Juicy Couture.
I got it for doing well in my exams, my Louis Vuitton.
The Beckham family. My family say they're the Beckhams of the bay.
I will not leave the house without a handbag.
But it's not just her accessories which make Coral seem older than her 16 years -
-she's big with the attitude.
-That dress is mine.
Did you not give that to me because you couldn't fit in it?
There's quite a lot of things in here that belong to me.
-You don't even want them.
-Why would I not want them?
Because you hand them to me on a plate.
Coral is now getting on my nerves.
And the competition for role of chief diva in the Munro household is hotting up.
-Why do you not like it?
-Because it'd probably look better on me!
Ha, ha! You have a bigger belly than me.
Now, now, Coral.
Most of the items my mum has in her wardrobe are exactly the same as mine.
-That's what I'd wear if I was going out.
-It's too short for a lady of your age.
I'm very proud of the way I look, and I dress appropriate for my age.
It's like a sack of potatoes. If it raised any higher, then you'd be showing what you had for breakfast.
Growing up with a hot mum, it's made me obviously want to have
the latest trends in fashion to be hotter than her and to obviously get more attention than she does.
She's like a mini me. If I wasn't hotter than my daughter, why is she trying to be me?
Oh, my God. Mum, what are you doing?!
Wearing it how I would wear it, Coral.
I think in a way, it's made me want to try and be better than my mum, so I get the attention and she doesn't.
But while Coral wants her mum to look, well, more mumsy, Heather is starting to worry
that her daughter's WAG ways are sending out the wrong message.
Boys think she's a lot older than what she is because of the way she dresses.
Older men asking her out on dates and, you know,
flirting a wee bit with her.
I think she should drop the big bags and the high heels and the shovels of make-up that she puts on
and, you know, be a normal 16 year-old.
'Please, that would be like torture.'
It would emotionally scar me!
You dress too similar to me and I think you need to kind of
sit aside and just let me grow.
Before these two tear each other apart, I tore up to Scotland to unravel these Munro girls.
Hello! Oh, hello, Mum.
-Are you all right?
-You wear very similar outfits, don't you?
-Yes, because Coral copies me.
No, because wherever you're going, I'm your fashion consultant.
I've got to agree with it, or you don't wear it.
Coral's trying to steal my identity.
-Who do you think's hotter?
My mum looks like Gabrielle off Desperate Housewives.
She wears the same as me, and people think we're sisters.
I just hate the fact that they think we're sisters.
Coral dresses far too old, I think.
She dresses like a 20, 25-year-old.
-And she's only 16?
The whole big part of my personality is my accessories, my bags, shoes.
-How long does it take her to get ready?
-We're always late for anything.
If we're going for a meal as a family or out to the pictures, Coral makes us late every time.
-Don't you think she's a chip off the old block, though?
-No - I only take ten minutes to get ready!
'A likely story!'
Now, both of these seem pretty hot to me,
but should they be taking each other's advice on board and toning it down? Let's ask the jury.
The jury is made up of stylists from an upmarket hairdressers
in the area, and this lot are not backward in coming forward.
OK, will the accused please step forward?
Jurors, any first reactions?
-So what would you change about them?
-I'd change Mum a little bit.
-In what way?
-Her hair's a bit fine and wispy for the length it's at.
I think a shorter, shoulder-length cut would really suit her.
I'd change the brightness of her accessories
-and her nail varnish.
-OK, any other comments? Comments on clothes?
A bit short, maybe, for a woman of her age.
-What do you think about that?
-Would anyone change Coral?
Probably make her dress a bit teenagery, because she's dressed quite maturely.
-And this is what Mum says, don't you?
I like how I dress. I don't think I dress too mature.
-No, I wouldn't allow her out of the house.
-Jury, thank you very much.
To show mum Heather how embarrassed she is by her youthful style,
Coral has roped in dad Mark to prove a point.
Oh, my goodness!
So this is how Coral feels when she goes out with you. She thinks you are looking too young for your age.
Do you think Mark looks too young for his age?
-He is definitely dressing too young.
-You look stupid!
-Do you know how she feels?
So, both these Scottish sirens like to dress to impress, and each wants the other to tone it
down a bit, but I think they both need a bit of divine inspiration.
As ever, Kate, Sam, Vic and Curtis are on standby
to welcome Heather and Coral to Hotness Heaven and work their magic.
Our dream makers are ready.
I'm ready, but the question is, are Heather and Coral ready?
Ladies, welcome to Hotness Heaven.
Thank you for having us.
Is there anything we could do that you would absolutely hate?
Shave all my hair off.
I can promise we're not going to shave all your hair off.
-Coral, are you nervous?
-Just a bit to see how I look afterwards.
There's no time to waste, so let's get to work.
The ladies are separated on arrival.
There are no mirrors in Hotness Heaven, so they won't see themselves
or each other until they meet on the catwalk at the end of the day.
I don't want people to think I'm a child. I want to be seen as a young adult.
This is the perfect length for you.
It's really up-to-date, modern and it'll be really easy for you to manage as well.
Well, I think it's time we let these two see themselves. First, Heather.
Heather's image had a touch of the very desperate housewife about it, and Coral wanted it gone.
Still glamorous, Heather is now sleeker and chicer.
We've kept her edgy in tight jeans and heels,
with layers to give her a more classic silhouette.
But how will it go down with Heather?
-Heather, what are you thinking?
-It just looks so different.
-It's a beautiful cut, isn't it?
-What do you think of the make-up?
The make-up's lovely. I look a lot younger, don't I?
Yeah, I think you do.
I'm just taking it all in.
-Do you miss the Desperate Housewives look?
-Nope. I love it.
Thank you very much.
Oh, you're very welcome!
And now it's Coral's turn.
Coral was in deep water with her daring overdeveloped look,
which put ten years on her.
Now she looks the sweet 16 she really is.
She's bang on trend and the outdated WAG look is truly torpedoed,
but will she like it?
Oh, my God!
Coral, what do you think?
-It's so different.
-What do you think of your hair?
Oh, my God, it's just so different. It's a different colour as well.
I love the colour. What about the outfit? What do you think?
It's nothing I would ever wear.
We're trying to prove a point that you can look really cute and still look 16. What about the shoes?
If I walked into a shop, I'd never have looked at them - they've not got a heel! I feel small!
-So happy or not happy?
Heather and Coral now get to see each other for the first time
since our stylists got their hands on them.
They've got no idea what the other looks like, and they're in for a shock.
Younger daughter Iona has joined our stylists to see how the new image goes down.
It's time to see who's hotter.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
-Coral, what do you think of your mum? How does she look?
-She looks gorgeous.
-Oh, thank you.
-What do you think of Coral, does she look like a teenager?
-Definitely. She looks beautiful.
You look gorgeous, Coral. The colour's gorgeous.
Oh, you're all emotional!
-You've got happy tears, too.
-I thought you were shocked at first.
-Oh, don't ruin your make-up, no!
Iona, what did you think?
-My mum looks gorgeous.
-What about Coral?
-She looks so young. I love her hair.
-What do you prefer, before or after?
-I prefer much more after.
I'm sure some mums and daughters do agree about fashion,
but we just couldn't find any of them.
I like to dress differently compared to my mum.
But that used to be my blouse!
I'd let my mum pick my clothes, because she has exactly the same taste as me.
I wouldn't let my mum choose my clothes at all!
My daughter borrows all of my clothes, and I borrow my daughter's clothes.
I think it should be shared.
She's always taking a few of my tops.
If we were the same size shoe, she would wear my shoes, too.
God, if I found my mum going through my wardrobe, I'd think she'd gone mad!
I'd be like "What are you doing? You need a serious reality check."
-Actually, this was your top.
-That was mine.
I don't mind her going in my wardrobe, because she doesn't tell me off when I'm in hers.
Every day, I see her and I'll be like "Mum, are you wearing something...is that my jumper you're wearing?"
-I haven't got anything worth wearing that you want to wear now, have I?
Next up, Glenys Springle and Nubia from Watford, whose roles are well and truly reversed.
My mum's clothing shows too much flesh.
My dress sense is...hotpants, swimsuits, PVC outfits.
There's nothing showing, is there?
Maybe my love handles, but other than that...!
She says things like, "Just pretend you're my sister"
and things like that, so she feels young.
"Are you really her mum?"
It happens all the time.
When her parents came to Britain from Grenada in the 1960s, the young Glenys Springle
grew up in Northampton with ambitions to succeed.
I decided to do engineering, because I wanted to work on planes.
These days, 40-year-old Glenys is a mental health nurse in her hometown of Watford.
The reason why I changed my career
was to help friends and family deal with mental illness.
As well as holding down a full-time job, she's brought up
three kids alone - Ridim, six, Nandia, ten and 18-year-old Nubia.
Their respective dads moved on not long after they were born.
My upbringing was strict, but I didn't really spend much time with my mum and dad because they were
always working, so I did want to provide a different life for Nubia.
At work, Glenys has a heart of gold.
But after dark, she loves to cover herself in the stuff.
This is my LA policewoman's outfit.
Unfortunately, I don't have the hat and the handcuffs yet.
It's like a different person when she's going out.
I don't... I don't understand.
Someone could wear this on the beach,
-but this is an ordinary swimsuit.
-Yeah, but it's for swimming!
Dressing up is a release for me. Wearing clothing is like a mask.
It just makes you feel like a different person inside,
a film star or a dancer, or on MTV Base!
It needs to be shorter, doesn't it?
-No, not that short.
-I can't see myself not dressing like this.
It'll be right till the end. I'm growing old disgracefully!
I feel ashamed. I'm meant to be dressing like that.
On the flip side, Nubia's look gives people the wrong impression for a very different reason.
When she goes out, she dresses like an old woman in her forties,
just too old-fashioned.
I want to be a scientist.
During the day, genetic student Nubia opts for her own take on hip-hop style.
But when she goes out, she dresses like someone three times her age.
This is what 18 year-olds should be wearing to go out.
-I think it looks fantastic.
-Yeah, for me! For my age.
Nubia should be dressing like the girls, the pop stars are dressing because she's got
the figure for it, but she just doesn't feel comfortable in it.
-Put it up against you, look.
-No, don't do it. No.
It looks like a duvet.
But is there another reason why Nubia chooses a more conservative style?
I was skinny, but obviously I put on weight.
It must be hormones.
We've looked into medical reasons why she put on weight.
You can see that photo. That's what she used to look like.
I have chucked a lot of clothes away, because I've got fat.
'Before, Nubia used to wear skirts and shorts,'
-and she looked beautiful.
-This is just the bomb, this is.
I'm sorry, it won't fit you.
People think Nubia looks about 31, 32.
They think I look about 26, 27.
I don't know who's hotter between me or my mum, but all I know is, I think there's some competition going on.
I'm definitely hotter than my daughter,
but she could be too if she sorts herself out!
Sorts herself out, eh?
-I got myself to Watford to mingle with the Springles and get to the heart of the matter.
There's Glenys Springles, isn't there?
I have a day Glenys Springle and a night Glenys Springle.
I don't want to look older, but I don't want to feel older.
I just want to look good.
She's very shy. I don't know what it is what makes her shy, but that's who she is, I guess.
She hasn't blossomed yet.
-But she always shows flesh.
-Like legs and stuff.
-How does that make you feel?
-It makes me feel that I'm dressing stupid.
It makes me feel maybe I should have made an effort or something.
Maybe she's shy because of night-time Glenys Springle.
Possibly could be the cause, but it's like a release for me
to just let my hair down and just have a good time, really.
Just get lost in the moment, really.
-I don't even look old.
-I think you look older than 18.
-Nubia tends to wear a lot of prints and as she's put on
a lot of weight, she thinks it will just tone her down so people don't see her figure in general.
When you get fat and stuff, you look older, don't you?
Has she asked you to rein it in?
-How does that make you feel when she says that?
-I think I would do it for Nubia.
What a pair. These two definitely stand out from the crowd, but is it for the right reasons?
Let's ask a jury.
Our jurors run a successful local boutique.
They're an opinionated lot, and will have something to say about dubious Nubia and Glenys the menace.
Jury, first impressions, if you please.
I'm just shocked.
I thought that you were the daughter and she was the mother.
Could I ask how old the daughter is?
-Have a guess.
-Nubia, do you want to tell them how old you are?
-Why do you feel you have to dress like that?
-Because I feel confident and nice.
That outfit came out of the '70s, and it looked much better on you then.
I mean, you've got a great face.
You've got a great figure, and all I can see is the fat round your middle.
I've put on a lot of weight.
You should be dressing down slightly, but you can still be so sexy.
I can understand why your daughter's embarrassed by the way you're dressing.
I would probably lock you up.
You haven't got any accessories on. Do you not like accessories?
No, I don't really wear accessories, no.
If you had an amazing pair of earrings, don't you think
-that would really bring light to your face?
What do you think about what Nubia's wearing?
Your outfit's out of date for a middle-aged woman,
so on a gorgeous young girl like you, it's just so disappointing.
I wouldn't dress like you're dressing, and I'm more than twice your age.
She shouldn't be dressing like that.
That's time warped. If you were just wearing something really simple, you could look fabulous.
Yeah. Maybe I do need to dress my age.
-Do you want to look your mum's age?
-No, not that old!
Thank you very much, jurors.
Before you could say mankini, the two put a Springle in their step and descended our stairway
to heaven, where the team are braced for action.
Now, Glenys Springle, I do see you have your batty riders on today.
-Yes, I do.
-Isn't it time to let them go?
-I guess so, but I'm not ready for that yet.
-Thank you very much. Shall we get working?
Glenys and Nubia will spend the next few hours apart while our stylists do their thing.
It'll be the end of the day before the girls see themselves or each other on the catwalk.
Do you think she feels a tiny bit, stylewise, inferior to you?
I wouldn't say inferior. It's just...she would like to wear the clothes that I wear, but she can't.
-She doesn't have the confidence to do it.
-She works really hard.
-Yeah, she does.
-So don't you think you should let her off a bit because she does work so hard?
Yeah, but no. Yeah, but no, if you know what I mean.
And now it's time for them to see themselves. First up, Glenys Springle.
Night-time Glenys loved to shimmer in gold, gold and more gold!
Now, she's unrecognisable, oozing sophistication
and looking the star she truly is.
From now on, people will see that Glenys is beautiful inside and out.
Let's hope she does.
Oh, my God.
I'm going to cry!
Is this good? Oh!
-Have you never seen yourself look like this before?
I just look so...
-You do look beautiful.
I just look so different.
What about the dress? You look so classy.
It's just fantastic.
The shoes, they're just... it's not what I would wear, but they just go so nice with it.
But you know what, you can still see that you've got an amazing figure.
Gosh, I can't believe that's me in the mirror.
I'm so pleased.
So covering up is actually quite good?
Yeah, this is fantastic!
And now it's Nubia's turn.
After she put on weight, Nubia lost her style direction.
At 18, she looked middle-aged.
Now dressed for her body shape, she looks like the pretty young woman she is.
Totally rock, totally teenage.
But will she like it?
-What do you think?
Yeah. It's rockish.
-I look pretty.
-Yeah! You do.
-What makes you look pretty?
-The shirt and the hair.
-And the bag. It gives it the look.
I look, like, 15!
That's good. Do you think you're hotter than your mum right now?
Yeah, but she's hot, though.
Nubia and Glenys now get to see each other for the first time since they got here.
They've no idea what the other looks like, and they're in for a treat.
The style team have gathered to see the end result.
So step forward, the Springles.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Oh, my God, Nubia!
Wow, you look fantastic.
-You look your age now.
-Hey! Nubia, what do you think of your mum?
Yeah, she looks good.
-What about you, Glenys Springle, what do you think of Nubia?
-Nubia looks fantastic.
She's got the nice cut trousers and the nice flowing top.
-It's just fantastic.
Heather and Coral returned to Scotland happy with their
age-appropriate new look and each other.
Nubia lost 20 years, and her mum lost the raunchy shimmering clubbing uniform.
If Glenys has got no more use for this gold cop's outfit, I'm happy to take it off her hands.
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Liz McClarnon presents a series about mothers and daughters at war over their wardrobes and their relationship.
In Fife, Scotland, there is a family known as 'the Beckhams of the Bay.' The Monroe household is a battleground for two divas - mum Heather, 40, and daughter Coral, 15. Both claim that they are hotter than the other, and with dad on the oil rigs for six months of the year it's a fake tan and shopping frenzy for the girls. Coral already has a collection of designer handbags Mrs Beckham would be proud of, and would rather be dead than wear jeans.
In London, 40-year-old Glenys Springle has a dual personality - mental health nurse by day, disco queen by night. Her gold hotpants and LAPD cop outfit are a constant embarrassment to her 18-year-old daughter Nubia, a science student who dresses like a woman twice her age.