Andy Warhol predicted that in the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes. Prophetic as he was, he didn’t foresee that first, every lesbian in Los Angeles would be famous for 15 minutes, thanks to reality television.
First, it was Work Out, which gave us L.A. lesbians Jackie Warner, her then-girlfriend Mimi and a mélange of lesbian or bisexual showmances, friends and cameos by semi-famousbians like Honey Labrador (Episode 202) and the gay wives from Oprah (Episode 203). If you’re a good-looking, slightly crazy lesbian from L.A. and you weren’t on Work Out, well then, you just weren’t trying hard enough.
This summer, we have Curl Girls. Curl Girls isn’t about hairdressers — this show is better. And by “better,” I mean instead of bitchy, really weird-looking stylists, Curl Girls features six L.A. lesbian and bisexual surfer babes in bikinis. There is a God.
For the next six episodes, we’ll be following Erin, Gingi, Melissa, Michele, Vanessa and Jessica as they work, play and compete with each other. There’s sure to be a hookup, a breakup, a fight or two, some unnecessary crying, judgmental trash talk and lots of attitude. Or, as I like to call it, Saturday night.
Meet the girls — “We’re a group of gay, strong, opinionated, unedited women, and we all share one love: surfing. Surfing. Surfing,” explain the girls in quick succession.
There’s a montage of clips of what’s to come: the girls surfing, a night out at a strip club, Melissa and Jessica making out and gossiping (“I don’t think Gingi’s really gay …”), a public throw-down between Gingi and Jessica (“You’re judging me. Don’t do that, honey …”), and Melissa and Jessica yelling at each other and crying. Lesbians: always a good time.
Michele — While she drives to the beach, Michele calls Gingi up to give her the wave report: off-shore, six feet and glassy. What is that, Judy Gold on an Olivia cruise? Let me admit right here and now I don’t know anything about surfing.
If Michele looks familiar to you, it’s because she went out on a date with Jackie Warner. A second trip to the well, Michele?
Michele says she likes yoga and has a girlfriend named Jenn. Michele digs surfing because she can leave the world behind. Out on the water, Michele rides a nice wave, cuts back, and as her board is about to be buried in the break, she jumps off into the foam. Surfing looks fun if you’re not afraid of drowning, sharks or sharing your space with half-naked guys with names like Bongo and Rabbit.
Vanessa — Vanessa is one of two clothing designers on the show. Tall and lanky, she’s chilling on a beach chair, dressed all in black and wearing dark shades. Vanessa says she lives a creative, urban life and she loves what she does — which, at the moment, is running topless through a bar with her gibbon arms straight up over her head.
There she goes, right out the front door into the afternoon sunshine and onto the sidewalk. Vanessa has the body of a baby giraffe and is wearing tube socks and a bright red terry-cloth headband. I like her already.
“Catching a wave is one of the best feelings in the world,” she says, as we watch her do just that. Later, Vanessa is standing by her car in the beach parking lot talking to Erin. They kid each other about a little rivalry from their past. Vanessa says she’s not competitive, but she hates to be beaten by anyone. Uh, that’s called competitive, Webster.