The Jersey Shore of England (Documentary)

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FEMALE SPEAKER: Sorry I'm a bit late.
I had to pick up the tan.
The tan injections.
I have run out of tan injections.
INTERVIEWER: Where do you get them from?
FEMALE SPEAKER: Someone that sells steroids.
INTERVIEWER: Are you like a celebrity in Liverpool, then?
FEMALE SPEAKER: No, I'm not what you call a celebrity.

I do little bits.
Is it up this way?
I do little bits like TV and modeling.
And got my own website and things like that.
When anything tends to focus around Liverpool, they always
get me involved.
Maybe because I represent something
about Liverpool, probably.
INTERVIEWER: What do you think you represent about Liverpool?
FEMALE SPEAKER: I'd like to say it was vibrancy and
enthusiasm, et cetera.
But it's probably because they think I'm quite vain, or
something like that.
They think Liverpool is quite a vain city, don't they?

MALE SPEAKER: This is Face Fashion, which is an event in
aid of Liverpool Unites.
We are the official charity of Liverpool Echo.
We were formed in the wake of the murder of Rhys Jones.
Rhys Jones was a local schoolboy, who was 11 at the
time, and he was murdered.
He was caught up in the crossfire of, basically,
gang-related shooting, where there was a bullet intended
for one gang from the other.
And he got caught in crossfire just walking home from
football practice.

INTERVIEWER: How much hairspray does it normally
take to keep it--
Yeah, she used a full bottle on the photo shoot we
did the other day.
A full bottle like that.
FEMALE SPEAKER: Like that big.
FEMALE SPEAKER: It was even bigger, wasn't it?
The Elnett one.

RICK VAUGHN: If you want to do this differently, you tell me.
I'll go on stage and say, good evening, everyone.
I'm Rick Vaughn from Radio City.
Please welcome my host for this half of the show.
And bring you on stage.
Is that all right?
RICK VAUGHN: Amanda Harrington, is that all right?
RICK VAUGHN: I'll explain about the charity angle.
OK, and about exactly why we're here, how much raffle
and all that sort of stuff, the great entertainment we got
coming up, and all that.
And listen to how loud I am and think, fuck, I've got to
be as loud as him.

FEMALE SPEAKER: No better work than charity work.
The kicks you get off it, it's just worth more than
anything, isn't it?
FEMALE SPEAKER: Sometimes it's better to give than to
receive, isn't it?
INTERVIEWER: How do you two know each other?
FEMALE SPEAKER: We're actually family.
We're cousins.
FEMALE SPEAKER: I make the clothes, and she models them.
INTERVIEWER: Have you got a label name?
FEMALE SPEAKER: No, Dare to Bare, not Dirty Mare.
It's Dare to Bare for all the dirty mares.
FEMALE SPEAKER: He said, Dirty Bird, then.
FEMALE SPEAKER: It's kind of a wenchy, barn
look going on today.
INTERVIEWER: What made you decide to do a
wenchy, barn look?
FEMALE SPEAKER: It's just how I was feeling.
The fact that you've gotta look like you've been dragged
out of a barn.
INTERVIEWER: Why are Liverpool women so glamorous?
FEMALE SPEAKER: Because we have no qualms.
Up here it's any excuse to dress up, even if it's just to
go into to town shopping.
You gotta wear your heels to the Asda.
No qualms in going shopping [INAUDIBLE].
FEMALE SPEAKER: Yeah, I go to bed in my high heels, as well,
just in case.

INTERVIEWER: What do you think could possibly happen?
FEMALE SPEAKER: Someone might knock me up in the
middle of the night.
Gotta be ready.

You think I'm messing!

FEMALE SPEAKER: When we went down to London a few weeks
ago, everyone had jeans on.
We had all over-the-top dresses like my mum's clothes.
And we went in the Mayfair bar, and
Vanessa Feltz walks in.
She was like, oh my god, your dress is amazing.
And was like asking us.
Everyone was staring at us when we were down there
because nobody wears clothes like that.

FEMALE SPEAKER: I did another shoot last
night for my calendar.
So that's nearly done.
I'm doing a calendar to raise money for Help For Heroes.
You know, for the soldiers.
I went to an awards with my boyfriend once in London.
And there was a group of young lads sitting next to us.
And they were soldiers.
And some of them had no legs, no arms, and stuff like that.
They were only about 18, 19.
I just thought it was just dead sad.
And I just thought, what can I do to help them and raise
money for them, or whatever.
And I just came up with this.
It's glamorous.
It's not like topless or anything like that.
It's classy.
And it's based on weather scenes, really.
It's all about nature and stuff like that.
So it's different.
It's unique.
There's one where I'm holding a big snake in the jungle.
And then there's another one where I'm lying on loads of
ice and stuff like that.
Another one, I'm coming out of a lily.
So it's all based on nature, really.
RICK VAUGHN: I'll tell you what, superb.
Absolutely superb.
Right, OK.
So listen, let's get some more entertainment on.
Make some noise!
MALE SPEAKER: Had that for 45 years.
That's been 45 years old.
All of them have been with me for-- there's my
mum's wedding ring.
But I think that's why they call it the Bling Bling
Building because something to do with me
being the king of bling.
So we'll take you through.
And on a personal note, when I was 15, I used to
love going in lifts.
You'd work the lift yourself.
FEMALE SPEAKER: What did you do?
MALE SPEAKER: Well, you have gates and you'd
pull the gates across.
And I was just fascinated with these lifts.
And those were the days where, you know, chauffeur driven
You could not walk up Bold Street a lady unless you had,
maybe, a crocodile handbag and shoes.
It was very much like Old Bond Street.
I mean, my parents would never walk up Bold Street.
It was too posh.
If you went to a tea room, the ladies would be in the
pinnies, and the hair, and all silverware.
There was the Best Dressed Man in Bold Street at the time,
and I think it went to a hairdresser called Antoine.
And he came from Switzerland.
And he used to walk up and down Bold
Street with a poodle.
Because I had a nightclub called Hollywood in the '80s
and we had the riots then.
And they were coming down from Toxteth.
And people were rioting for different reasons.
All for people who didn't want to work, and for people who
did work, we were all penalized.
So we lost the shipping because of the dockers strikes
all the time.
So once you lost the shipping, that was really the heart of
our Liverpool docks, really.
And that was a bad time.
But the hairdressing industry was very, very upmarket.
You know, to be a hairdresser in those days was marvelous
because it took you five years as an apprentice.
These days, it's cut and blow drying, and
monkeys can do that.
I've got my own lift.
Come on downstairs.
Botox should only be either administered by a qualified
cosmetic surgeon or a dentist.
It's like everything else in Liverpool, you know?
The cowboys start to get onto the--
everyone wants to cut price each other.
I mean, I don't know so much about cosmetic surgery.
Although, I've had a bit.
I had it done about 10 years ago.
And then I was in pantomime with Julie Goodyear as the
emperor in Aladdin.
And I couldn't move my face.
So when you're trying to express yourself, acting, I
was like that.
Well, I couldn't stand that either like that.
INTERVIEWER: Would you ever consider it?
MALE SPEAKER: Of course.
FEMALE SPEAKER: Yeah, definitely.
I feel like I need it quite soon, to be honest.
INTERVIEWER: How old are you now then?
MALE SPEAKER: I do love this lift, you know.
Are you coming in?
Feel it going up.

FEMALE SPEAKER: A lot of girls in Liverpool will get their
lips done for any occasion.
It's like buying a new dress now.
There's a lot of competition in Liverpool with Botox and
dermal fillers.
And the best is to be reasonable.
And I am probably the cheapest.
FEMALE SPEAKER: A full lip would be 120, and that's a
good price.
The Botox is it's actually a botulism.
It's a poison that goes into just the muscle, probably the
upper face, frown lines, forehead, eyes.
And you inject the muscle, and it just stops it working.
INTERVIEWER: Have you ever had this done before?
FEMALE SPEAKER: Yeah, I've had this done about three times.
INTERVIEWER: How was it?
FEMALE SPEAKER: Yeah, I liked it.
FEMALE SPEAKER: You can only put so much in, I think.
OK, I'll just do a little on this side here.

INTERVIEWER: Where does the hair come from?
FEMALE SPEAKER: Russia, with love.

INTERVIEWER: Is it weird to think you're walking around
with a Russian's hair in?
It's weird to think there's a Russian walking around bald.

FEMALE SPEAKER: We sell 100% human hair, all different
qualities, lengths, colors.
And we sell curly hair, straight hair,
relaxed Afro hair.
And we also do synthetic, human hair wigs, lace front
wigs, ponytails, all accessories and stuff to go
with the hair.
This is the most popular color of blonde because it's
different shades.
And that's 100% human hair.
So it's fitted there.
So it gets sewn in.
FEMALE SPEAKER: I would like to go to dark because I'm
loving Katie Price's dark hair at the minute.
But every time--
I've been wearing a wig, haven't I, for
the last few weeks.
FEMALE SPEAKER: She ordered a brunette wig, the Joanna wig.
FEMALE SPEAKER: Coming to work in the morning, popping a wig
on, trying to get used to it.
But when I went home, my husband hated it.
Joanna was my favorite.
I was going for Joanna.
I wanted to be a racy redhead.
FEMALE SPEAKER: This is the half head wig, which
is not a full wig.
So when you've got it on, it goes like about there.
And you have all your own hair over the top of it.
INTERVIEWER: Do you think the beauty
industry is getting bigger?
FEMALE SPEAKER: Yeah, a lot bigger.
Especially in Liverpool.
INTERVIEWER: What percentage of girls, do you think, in
Liverpool have hair extensions?
FEMALE SPEAKER: A hell of a lot.
FEMALE SPEAKER: I'd say about 70%.
I can't believe that we're in a credit crunch and how many
young girls come in and think nothing of spending 80 pounds
on their hair extensions.
They just come in, and they say, you know what we want
because they get it every six, eight weeks.
And they say, I'll have two packets of that, and they hand
the money over.
INTERVIEWER: Do you go to tanning salons?
FEMALE SPEAKER: After the big scare with skin cancer and
stuff like that, I have been sticking to false tan.
As you can tell.
FEMALE SPEAKER: I feel, like, really a lot paler now, but I
think they're trying to promote that aren't they?
FEMALE SPEAKER: And this has been really popular.
Most celebrities use it.
This is the one that I actually use.
It's voted Bazaar Best of the Best 2009.
Orange knuckles and white fingers today.
FEMALE SPEAKER: We have been trying to scrub her all
morning to get it off.
FEMALE SPEAKER: We'll be scrubbing
more before I go out.
INTERVIEWER: Why do you feel the need to be
tanned all the time?
FEMALE SPEAKER: Because I felt dead pale
and sick this morning.
So when I've got it on, I feel like I've just come back from
my holiday when I look in the mirror.
FEMALE SPEAKER: When you've got pale, fat
skin it looks horrible.
Tan, fat skin doesn't look as bad, on your bum and stuff.

FEMALE SPEAKER: I started using Melanotan about a year
ago because I was fed up with getting spray
tans all the time.
Now, I've tried every kind of a spray tan.
Like the one I'm using at the moment, which is the Su-do Tan
or the California Tan, they're about the best of a bad bunch,
where they don't really start to come off.
But no spray tan lasts a week for a start.
So nothing's ever permanent.
You can never get a tan that's permanent or tan that's real.
Melanotan is like a natural source of tanning by making
you produce something in your body.
I still get top ups and get spray tans, of I still put on
a bit of instant tan.
You know, when I go out?
But the only reason I use the Melanotan is because it gives
you pigments in your skin.
It's like a top up for the sunbeds, isn't it?
It's like using a sunbed cream inside your skin.
INTERVIEWER: Does it have any other
effects apart from tanning?
FEMALE SPEAKER: Does it have any other effects?
It makes you feel sick.
Well, it makes you feel nauseous, like a sort of
travel sick.
Whenever you start using them, you always have your 10ml
before you go to bed.
Some people only start off with 5ml.
If you have 10ml before you go to bed, you sleep through most
of the sickness.
But to be perfectly honest with you, when you start off
using them, they make you feel sick all the time.
INTERVIEWER: Some people get it off the internet.
Where do you get yours from again?
FEMALE SPEAKER: I get mine from a--
well, a person.
They don't sell them on show.
But if you know a person in a gym, they'll probably sell
them if they sell steroids.
Just because it goes hand in hand with injecting yourself
with steroids, sort of thing, really, isn't it?
It's also not a narcotic, it's like putting a drug in your
body but it's not for social purposes.

ALEX LARGE: Hi my name is Alex Large, and today we're here at
the Mr. Liverpool contest, here at the Plaza Cinema.
Today we're hoping for a really good day as a show for
INTERVIEWER: So how's it changed then over the years
from when you used to do it?
ALEX LARGE: Pretty much the same, actually.
There's no real difference, except, really, the standards
become higher, obviously, with enhanced performance products.
That has contributed to a level of very, very high
standard physique.
INTERVIEWER: Are they the polish that are
standing out there?
ALEX LARGE: No, I'm talking about, obviously, you've got
growth hormone involved and things like that.
Obviously, the media, newspapers, and coverage is
against the bodybuilding sport because obviously it involves
anabolic steroids.
That's the killing point.
All right, fella?
ALEX LARGE: This is Colin Mathieson, the owner of the
Boulevard Gym.
COLIN MATHIESON: Pleased to meet you.
all connected for many years, and obviously, competed for
donkey's years.
And now all the lads are following suit.
COLIN MATHIESON: See the thing is, with bodybuilding, there's
no age limit.
People say certain sports and you'll go, oh, I'm too old to
do that sport.
Now, you couldn't get, like, a 40-year old starting squash,
or something like that, but if you're 40, or you're 50, or
even you're 60, to go into bodybuilding, you're doing the
same movements with your muscle as a young person.
But you're doing it at your pace.
So there's no age limit to weightlifting or bodybuilding.
You're not straining yourself because you're not going to
excess weights.
INTERVIEWER: Do you mind me asking how old you are?
ALEX LARGE: I've told him my age.
The proof of the pudding is in the eating.

FEMALE SPEAKER: You all right, pet?
Are you outside?
Do you want to just nip down with that?
It's for Ben.
Cheers, pet.
Thanks, darling.
Yes, Lynne's coming down for you now.
Steroids are very addictive.
On the next day--
when you've been taking steroids, however briefly,
even just after a couple of days, three to
five days, I'd say--
the next day, when you wake up and say, [INAUDIBLE], you
actually get to the point in that day when you feel like,
oh, I need to take my steroids.
You actually have the feeling within you.
It's hard to explain, but it's like your body's
anticipating the rush.
Then it's the aggressive, because they're a big man,
don't mess with me.
As soon as they start working out regularly, even if it's
just cardiovascular stuff like regular cycling, anything,
that's fine.
But some don't do anything at all.
And then it just goes to flubber and the anger--

That was my chap.

MALE SPEAKER: Steroids are everywhere.
Police are using them.
Everybody's using them.
I'll tell you that, everybody.
INTERVIEWER: What's the expression?
MALE SPEAKER: Sted head.
That's what they call them Sted heads or juice heads.
INTERVIEWER: When did you start getting
into the steroid scene?
MALE SPEAKER: I started going to the gym
when I was about 15.
The people behind the counter didn't really
realize my real age.
I was a young kid with potential.
When I first did it, I injected.
It kinda hurt, do you know what I mean?
Because it's a thick liquid you're
putting into your veins.
It hurt quite a lot.
So when I had been injected, I was just on edge.
Just a bit wary, [INAUDIBLE]
do you know what I mean?
I was just a bit scared and wary, panicky.
After I had seen it was all right.
You have six weeks off and six weeks on.
After I had seen that it was OK, I felt all right.
I started to feel a [INAUDIBLE].
When I started to take them at the age of 16, I
had bad anger problems.
I kicked off.
There's something called roid rage.
Have you heard of it?
I was getting in trouble with the police.
Violence, I was having arguments.
I was having problems with my girlfriend.
Sometimes I was feeling like I was getting suffocated,
because my chest was up there.
Sometimes I couldn't breathe.
I felt like I was in a circus.
I would walk around town [INAUDIBLE]
superstar, he's this, he's that.
But what I didn't like about it, in the end, when I started
to come off them is the simple fact that you're
obviously on steroids.
You're not big because you worked hard.
You're big because you worked half as hard as you should
work, and you took stuff to make you like that.
It's abnormal.
I felt like a freak show.
FEMALE SPEAKER: Well, it's the whole thing, isn't it?
It's to become more than what they are.
Guys are just really interested in their vanity,
and the way they look, and girls, of course.
That's where the aspect is with the younger ones.
It's to get the women.
MATT FISHER: Hi, I'm Matt Fisher.
I'm entering for Mr. Liverpool.
It's like a beauty contest for male and female.
You've got to show off your personality, as well as what
you should basically appeal to be.
Throughout the night we'll be modelling beachwear.
It's beachwear that we've chosen.
And then finally it'll be the suits.
Over the past two weeks we've been choreographing routines.
So it's kind of like dance routines, press-ups.
INTERVIEWER: What are you doing?
MATT FISHER: I do press-ups.

But there's one routine where the lads have to do press-ups
and one has to jump over the other.
I wish I could actually eat at KFC.

I'm going to have a tan now, a fake tan, a spray
tan, my fake bake.
FEMALE SPEAKER: This is an inflatable machine.
So I'm going to blow it up, and then he'll get inside, and
I'll start spraying you.

INTERVIEWER: Is that one of your t-shirts?
MATT FISHER: Yeah, this is one of my t-shirts.
It's a model image and I made it into a chicken because I
think this leg looks like a wing, for some reason.
So I made her into a chicken.
Basically, she's had an egg.
And the human fries the egg.
I know it's pretty insane, but that's what fashion's about.
It's about making a statement.
Sizzle, sizzle.
Yeah, I've got my own website at the moment,
But I've been building it up over the past five months,
because as soon as I got here, it was my dream to build up
something like that.
My confidence has grown so much in these past
six months, as well.
INTERVIEWER: What other beauty treatments do you have apart
from spray tan?
MATT FISHER: I don't really have a lot of beauty
I mean, I used to have facials.
I used to have one where I had to hold a metal stick, and
they sent electrical currents on my face.
FEMALE SPEAKER: If you come out on a Saturday night in
Liverpool, you'll see everyone all tidied
up, hair done perfectly.
They've got all the nice accessories.
They look amazing.
They all look like stars.
MATT FISHER: All sequins, isn't it?
FEMALE SPEAKER: Yeah, they get dresses made.
So you definitely want to go with the dark tan?
MATT FISHER: Aren't you dark to start with?

MALE SPEAKER: Three, two, one.

Now, with your back straight.
Head up.
Awesome, good.
Good technique.
Two, control on the way down.
MALE SPEAKER: Go to the next weight up.

MATT FISHER: Liverpool is very well known for
the football teams.
And football lifestyles are very glamorous.
And maybe the girls look up to the glamour models that are
already out there, and say, I want to be like that.
INTERVIEWER: There's a glamorous model judging
tonight, isn't there?
MATT FISHER: Yeah, Amanda Harrington.
INTERVIEWER: Do you know her?
INTERVIEWER: Could you describe Amanda?
MATT FISHER: Amanda's fantastic.
She's a really hard-working girl.
She's very independent.
She's gorgeous.
She's got blonde hair, big assets.

Senor Rick Vaughn, Amanda Harrington.
Nice to meet you.
MALE SPEAKER: Nice to meet you.
JADE: Oh, wait for me!

JADE: I was thinking, in this lift, long enough, you could
do full make-up, couldn't you?
Are you OK?
Hi ya.
FEMALE SPEAKER: Yeah, I'm fine, are you?
AMANDA HARRINGTON: I'll be with you now, I've just got to
get these pictures taken.
I know, but my fringe is on this side.
I need to be this side.

MALE SPEAKER: A headshot.
Who's the lady in the red dress, by the way?
MALE SPEAKER: Is that your friend?
Get her in the picture.
AMANDA HARRINGTON: Jade, do you want to get a
picture with me?
MALE SPEAKER: Get by the window.
Get by the window.
Because it'll look really great.
RICK VAUGHN: You've actually met a couple of girls who are
what I call grafters.
They're actually prepared to get out there and not wait for
somebody to rock up with a cheque book and say, go and
get what you want.
They'll fight for every penny they earn.
It's the old saying, isn't it?
You judge a book by the cover.
A lot of people do that.
Especially, with the WAG culture,
the Liverpool culture.
And I dare say, there are a lot of girls out there that
would love to be hooked up to a footballer or two.
Wouldn't we all for a nice life.
However, when you actually scratch the surface of some of
the girls and realize about their insecurities, their
frailties, they're just normal girls.
Amanda and Jade are real good friends.
And everyone would think, well, isn't there a bit of,
sort of, animosity in there over who gets what gig or who
gets what magazine.
They're from a different era, where--
I call them young kids.
They're not young kids because I'd like to say we're all the
same age, 20 something--
where, for them, history, possibly, isn't a big part of
their lives.
It's all about the future.
I think kids now would rather know about how a Selfridges
were built, rather than how a castle is built.
That's life.
Get with the program.
Let's move it on.
Once you scratch the surface, and all the hype around the
girls, because they're really popular and
for the right reasons.
They do lots of stuff for charity, which nobody even
ever talks about because you wouldn't associate the girls
with charity stuff.
And they'll probably not even mention
it to you guys tonight.
They're not like, they're just normal girls,
who, like us all--
it sounds a bit corny-- just want to be loved.

AMANDA HARRINGTON: To be honest, I've been in a couple
relationships over the years.
When I've been single, I find it hard to meet someone
because I don't get approached a lot, at all, really, never.
I mean, I'm not a big head.
I wouldn't like to say it's because of the way I look
because I'm not like that.
Well, maybe that's what it is.
Maybe they are a bit intimidated, I don't know.
I wouldn't like to say, but that's what my friends has
said because sometimes I've been single for ages.
And I've thought, why is that?
But obviously, maybe it is intimidation.
I'm not sure.
My mum brought me up on my own and didn't really have my dad
around much.
So I think that's what made me more determined in what I do.
This is my mum.
FEMALE SPEAKER: Always looked after herself.
Always wanted the best of everything.
INTERVIEWER: Did she get that from you?
AMANDA HARRINGTON: No, to be honest, my mum's
twin sister it is.
Yeah, my twin sister.
My mum's twin is more like me.
My mum is not really that fussed on.
You like nice clothes and stuff, but she's not obsessed
with shopping or whatever.
Where, my mum's twin is.
I think I'm more like my mum's twin than I am my mum.
FEMALE SPEAKER: I think some of them should cool down a
little bit with the make-up because most of them are
natural beauties, anyway, aren't they?
They really are.
But I don't think she needs all that.

FEMALE SPEAKER: Well, what's the point of having a
personality if you look terrible?
The whole world is based on appearances, first
That's not the be all and end all of everything,
don't get me wrong.
But it's first impressions that people have got of people
that matter.
I don't expect all of them people to like the way I look.
But I just don't want to look the same as them.
I look after my appearance in my own way, not in the way
that they look after theirs.

This is Mark Hart.
He's a junior competitor, one of our lads from the gym.
He's here today to compete.
Obviously, he'll have tan on.
MARK HART: I'll have tan on, yeah.
INTERVIEWER: What sort of tan will you put on?
MARK HART: Dream Tan.
We used the Dream Tan.
Last time we used Pro Tan.
INTERVIEWER: And explain what that is.
MARK HART: Dream Tan is like dead thick color, so when you
put it on it will be like straight on.
Not like you've got to develop the other tan that you've got
to put on coats and coats.
MALE SPEAKER: It reminds me of the Fantastic Four or
something like that.
COLIN MATHIESON: Well, I've never tried it
with a roller before.
Normally, we just put it on you with a sponge, put on with
your fingers.
Or you could just dab it on, just rub it in with the hands.
So I was just trying with the sponge just to see what the
difference was like.
MALE SPEAKER: Just slap it on like mud.
It's a bit thin, that.
COLIN MATHIESON: A friend of mine had suggested did
I want to try it.
I had tried jiu-jitsu, I'd tried karate.
And bodybuilding I just got to like.
You don't do it for females.
A lot of females don't like it.
You'll notice it will be more like a lad
would notice your physique.
Everyone was saying to me last night, oh, where have you
been, where have you been, where
have you been on holiday?
I went, no, I haven't.
It gives you more confidence.
It does give you more confidence.
And for people who are suffering a lack of confidence
it would be a good thing.
This comes off on your clothes.
I comes off in your bed.
When you get the tan you sleep on old sheets.
You wear tracksuits in bed.
It's uncomfortable.
It's sticky.
It's tacky.
But it looks nice.
If was girls who always used the sunbed shops and all that.
But now there's a lot of lads who use sunbed shops.
I know it's not a healthy thing and it's not a good
thing for underage or--
I can understand them putting an age limit on using sunbeds
and sun showers.
But for other people, it's a business, isn't it?
You can get injections.
Melanotan is what it is.
But there's reports on that.
I've got reports in the gym on the wall.
I had a newspaper cutting saying it's a link to cancer.
Now, whether it is a link to cancer, I don't know.
It's supposed to help your sexual life, as well,

Nearly lost my finger then.

MALE SPEAKER: Liverpool has, I have to say, and I've heard a
lot people say this, probably the best looking girls in the
country, or not far off.
If you travel around the country, and I travel around
the country quite a lot, Liverpool does have some of
the best looking girls, I think.
And they always make an effort when they go out, probably a
lot more than other places.
It's very fashion conscious.
And so I think that is probably one
major, major thing.

INTERVIEWER: How many floors up is it?
JADE: Four.
Well, we're on one so we're going to
four, so is that three?

MALE SPEAKER: They're not celebrities.
Nobody knows them.
JADE: This is Palm Sugar.
It's the new It place to be in Liverpool.
We just think to do the most amazing cocktails.
They do gorgeous shots.
And I just think it's just a fantastic place for everyone
to meet up on a night out.
MALE SPEAKER: It's very nice.
MALE SPEAKER: If you call me on a Friday or a Saturday
night, any weekend, really, we tend to have--
everyone looks like Jade, well, tries to
look as good as Jade.
Certainly, Liverpool women take pride--
JADE: How to make the best of themselves.
MALE SPEAKER: --looking after themselves.
It's like almost a competition, isn't it?
Have you actually danced on the bar yet?
JADE: No, I've had my photo taken on there
though, didn't I?
MALE SPEAKER: In the center.
Very opulent, luxurious, very Liverpool, lots of Swarovski
everywhere you look, three and a half million pounds worth in
the whole place.
JADE: I just think the lights look absolutely
amazing, don't they?
MALE SPEAKER: You've got actually crystals on your
business cards?
JADE: No, my photograph in here is on my business cards.
And everyone says to me every time I that I get them out, oh
my god, how amazing are those lights.
MALE SPEAKER: Very sparkly, very Liverpool.
This is a traditional gong from Thailand.
It was meal time for monks, actually it could be heard
from miles away.
JADE: Like that?
MALE SPEAKER: This is where most of our celebrities come,
isn't it Jade?
JADE: Yes, it is.
MALE SPEAKER: All the footballers, the WAGS.
This is definitely your high-end Gucci.
And downstairs is more Topshop.

I don't think anybody in Liverpool
takes themselves seriously.
We're all comedians, aren't we?
I think we're all a bit real.
I think we know where we're from and what we do.
And I suppose I'm speaking for you here, on your behalf, you
make a lot of effort, in terms of your appearance, and spend
an awful lot of money on your appearance.
But you don't take yourself serious.
You're still a real, down-to-earth girl.
JADE: Oh god, yeah.
MALE SPEAKER: And through here is the most popular for the
curry and chips.

This is typical of Liverpool.
This is where all the gossip--
this is where you find out everything.
Anything you want to share with us that's happened here?
Any gossip?

The inspiration behind this was all Romeo and Juliet.
Obviously, where the two first met, and it was romance.
Obviously, the Liverpool spin on that, with the characters
and the humor would be, they first met in the toilet.

Wasn't that loud, was it?
You know, I was born and bred in Liverpool.
And the I went to the States to live.
And came back, and it was completely different.
Because when I left, it was like shell suits, curly hair
and moustaches.
And then came back to a little bit of style.
And I just think it's just evolved.
I think in ten years' time, we'll give anywhere a run for
their money.

AMANDA MOSS: The Philly cheesesteak
sandwich looks nice.
But then I've seen half roast chicken.
JADE: A Reform burger.
AMANDA MOSS: Chocolate fudge cake, followed by steak.
Chicken liver pate followed by steak.
Oh, the burger sounds--
MALE SPEAKER: Are you ready to order?
AMANDA MOSS: I was going to have a the char-grilled
asparagus and then steak.
It's got to be cooked and juicy, but cooked all the
through to the middle, but not rubbery.
I don't want to see blood.
I might have to send it back if it's blood.
JADE: Can I have the duck spring rolls please, and the
duck breast.
AMANDA MOSS: That's it.
One more drink, and then I'm on Diet Cokes
for a couple of hours.

I'm Amanda Moss, editor of Lifestyle Monthly magazine,
which is the biggest lifestyle magazine for Liverpool, the
Wirral, and Southport.
Jade approached me and said, why don't I do a fashion
column for you.
We've got loads of events planned now.
And we're gonna just work together loads, aren't we?
I'm having a cocktail party at my house just for select VIPs.
We're doing champagne, cupcakes, and jewelry.

This is where I sit when the kids are asleep and listen to
them all synchronized snoring.
This is my little chill out zone.
Lost my drink.
Don't know where my drink's gone.
Well, that's Saxon's room.
Saxon and Honey tend to sleep together.
Well, Floyd and Albany--
although Albany's with me.
FEMALE SPEAKER: Albany's the baby?
AMANDA MOSS: No, Darling's the baby.

Keep the noise down!
Why should London be the capital
of couture and fashion?
Liverpool has got everything here.
You get to meet lots of people and go to glamorous parties
like this one.
Will you go downstairs and be quiet!
I mean I'm not even from Liverpool, and yet I've
established myself as Amanda Moss, editor of Lifestyle
Monthly magazine.
I walk into town and everybody knows me.
We've got more fans on Facebook than anyone else.
INTERVIEWER: How many have you got?
I just want everybody to just know Lifestyle Monthly is just
the best thing since sliced bread, really.
FEMALE SPEAKER: Liverpool fashion, it's big hair, curls,
jewels and glitter and massive heels, massive platforms.
I was gonna say, if you're not in heels in Liverpool, see ya!
FEMALE SPEAKER: Little heels, you're getting
chucked in the gutter.
FEMALE SPEAKER: Little heels and you're out of here.
FEMALE SPEAKER: Kitten heels make me want to kill myself a
little bit.
FEMALE SPEAKER: The whole money that we earn from our
shitty jobs, we're going to have amazing outfits for.
It's a babe.
It's a sexy little babe.
We love it so bad it hurts.
Liverpool is a babe.

SERENA STREGAPEDE: This is my dress for tomorrow.
A guy called Ronnie made this.
I've had him up the wall with it.
But it looks better on, anyway.
It's just a nice, long fitted dress, fishtail, as well.
Well, we have to do a swimwear one.
And then after that, we do the evening wear one.
These are one pair of shoes I'm going to be wearing.

Nice, aren't they?
And we've got our pink stools, as well.

And there's Tony when he boxed some Russian or something.
And that's just some of his belts, as well.
We're just waiting to get them framed and all that and then
put up on the wall.
INTERVIEWER: How'd you two meet?
In my work.
INTERVIEWER: What work is that?
INTERVIEWER: You've got your own beauty place?
SERENA STREGAPEDE: I do beauty and that as well.
INTERVIEWER: Do you go in there for beauty treatments?
TONY: For some reason, I grow more hair on my back and my
chest than I do on my head.
She gets me in there, and says, it'll be all right, it
doesn't hurt.
So one step, bang!
Never again.
I'd rather go home and just shave it off.
INTERVIEWER: Was it love at first sight?
SERENA STREGAPEDE: Yeah, definitely.
Definitely, wasn't it?
TONY: Yeah, she's lucky to have me.
INTERVIEWER: What do you think the outcome of the
competition's going to be?
SERENA STREGAPEDE: Well, I'd like to win.
INTERVIEWER: Are you hopeful or what?
I'm positive.
I'm so positive.
INTERVIEWER: Do you know any of the judges?
INTERVIEWER: This guy we were with knew three judges.
SERENA STREGAPEDE: Well, Tony boxed one of the judges, but I
don't really know him.
Because Liverpool is such a glamorous city, everyone wants
a beauty therapist.
INTERVIEWER: Cause some fellows get
spray tans, don't they?
SERENA STREGAPEDE: Yeah, they do, yeah.
TONY: I know some fighters, like Dave Coldwell, who waxes
his eyebrows.
And he's taken a little bit of a pasting off me, from time to
time with getting them done.
It's good that he wants to look after himself, but come
on, you don't need to wax your eyebrows.
SERENA STREGAPEDE: Well, Tony, a few years ago came into my
shop to see me.
And we were bored because it was a quiet day.
So I said to him, oh what can I do, I want to do
something, I'm bored.
Pierce my ear then.
I went, all right, then.
And I pierced his ear and he was walking around with this
diamond earring in.
TONY: It seemed good at the time.
SERENA STREGAPEDE: Liverpool lads aren't
like that, are they.
I know in London and places like that they do, but in
Liverpool lads don't really do that.
INTERVIEWER: One thing the lads do in the city, there's
quite a bit of steroids going on, isn't there?
TONY: You know, if you stood around, if you go anywhere,
you see juice heads everywhere.
INTERVIEWER: Is that big in Liverpool?
TONY: Certain people, doormen, mainly doormen
do stuff like that.
I don't know.
Each to their own.
I'm not going to sit here and say, don't do it.
If they want to do it, it's a free world and they can do
what they want.

FEMALE SPEAKER: I think what Marcel's achieved in the last
year is amazing because he's natural now.
But I just know that by the time he's--
I think up until 21, he'll train and achieve the best he
possibly can.
But once he gets to 21, I know because then he'll be in the
Mister classes.
And I know what it entails.
INTERVIEWER: What's that?
FEMALE SPEAKER: The Misters, it's like up until 21 you're
like a junior.
But then, when you get past 21, you have to go in the
Misters, which is kind of like the big men, if you like.
And to get like that, I know he's never going to --
he won't stay natural because he can't, because it'd just be
a waste of time.

It's an awkward subject because they have natural
organizations, right, where people just go and compete and
they are natural.
Everybody knows that with bodybuilding, most of them
aren't natural.
But the thing is, they're not drug tested.
It's kind of, like, acceptable, if
you know what I mean.
INTERVIEWER: Why should it be unacceptable?
FEMALE SPEAKER: Why should it be?
People talk about it like it's a bad thing, but
why is it a bad thing?
FEMALE SPEAKER: The thing is, within the sport, everybody
knows who is and who isn't.
In the organizations that I know they do drug test them.
You only have to look at a certain physique and I can
tell which is natural and which isn't.
And so can everybody else who's into it.
Do you know what I mean?

INTERVIEWER: It's better to be natural, right?
FEMALE SPEAKER: The thing is, right, it
depends what you want.
If you want to look freaky, you're
never going to be natural.
INTERVIEWER: Why do you think people want to look freaky?
FEMALE SPEAKER: Because it's like the biggest and
the best, isn't it?
What with the best condition, the best everything.

FEMALE SPEAKER: Come here please.
FEMALE SPEAKER: OK, it doesn't matter then,
I'll close the door.
INTERVIEWER: Is she shy?
FEMALE SPEAKER: Not at all, no.
Show them your six pack then.

INTERVIEWER: How does that happen?
FEMALE SPEAKER: She's just a genetically
muscular, aren't you?
But she was training 28 hours a week.
Fridays, she used to do one to eight, all day
Saturday and then--
INTERVIEWER: One to eight?
FEMALE SPEAKER: Yeah, training.
INTERVIEWER: As in eight hours a day?
FEMALE SPEAKER: Seven hours, yeah.
INTERVIEWER: Well, what do you do for seven hours a day?
FEMALE SPEAKER: What do you do for seven hours a day?
FEMALE SPEAKER: What did you do?
ANOUSKA: Conditioning.
FEMALE SPEAKER: Body conditioning, the actual
moves, just practising the same old routines
and things like that.
She couldn't, like, go and see her friends after school.
She couldn't do sleepovers, anything like that.
So now, she's still doing her gymnastics, but she only does
six hours a week.
INTERVIEWER: It's a big thing in Liverpool, isn't it?
FEMALE SPEAKER: Yeah, it is, actually.
INTERVIEWER: Why is that?
MARCEL: It's a lot bigger lately.
A lot of people want to get into shape because they feel
like they need to keep up.
There's a lot more people seem to be doing it now than say,
five years ago.
MALE ANNOUNCER: Right, that completes the under 18s.
Closing round, and we'll be moving on to
the under 21s shortly.
MALE SPEAKER: If you can psyche your opponents out,
well, even better.
They might pose a little bit worse than you.
You show off a bit more than them and well, you've won it,
haven't you?
MALE SPEAKER: If the small person looks small behind the
bigger person, let the small person fight his way through
just to try and make them look small again, make the big
opponent small.
MALE SPEAKER: If you're going on that stage, you're going
out to win.
You can say you're not.
You can say whatever, but you going out to win.
MALE SPEAKER: Yeah, just don't put your head down.
And whatever mistakes that you pull you can work
hard on in the gym.
I mean, whatever things that you lack on, go back to the
gym and try and build up on those things.
And then come back and try and beat that better opponent.
MALE SPEAKER: Yeah, that's what's he's done.
Well, tried to do, anyway.
Beat him last time.
Going to beat him again today.
Friendly competition, that's all.
MALE SPEAKER: Yeah, see what the judges say.
Just see what happens.
I don't know.
It could happen, I don't know.
See how they feel.
He can try and put me off, but it's not happening.

MALE SPEAKER: Every bodybuilder's watched it a
million times.

MALE SPEAKER: Jay Cutler's my idol.
Arnie boomed off bodybuilding, full stop.
INTERVIEWER: What's your favorite Arnie film?
MALE SPEAKER: I was watching Predator last night, actually,
to psyche myself up.
Because they say it's war.
That's what it's like.

MALE SPEAKER: We watched a bit of Pumping Iron just because I
brought it down.
And then we thought, oh, we'll watch this, just get a bit,
like, in the moment.
INTERVIEWER: Did you ever watch Kindergarten Cop?
MALE SPEAKER: Yeah, I've watched all his films a
million times.
Because from a young age, that's the physique that I've
found he's brought, for men, to have.
Do you know what I mean?
INTERVIEWER: Did you win?

Both of them.

MALE SPEAKER: Do you know what I mean, fair
enough, he won, he won.
MALE SPEAKER: More competitive, do
you know what I mean?
It's what we do it for.

MALE SPEAKER: Give me a year.
We'll probably look up to them as a bit of an idol.
We look up going, yeah, we could end up
building up to that.
Fair enough, we're only young and still growing.
Work the crowd, that's what it's all
about, working the crowd.

MALE SPEAKER: It's very difficult to assess how
widespread Melanotan is.
It's legal to buy and to possess.
Or rather, it's not illegal to do that.
But it's technically illegal to sell it.
The kits that were provided over the internet tended to
have only a couple of syringes in them, which isn't enough,
even remotely enough, for a course of injections.
You know, we're hearing of completely unusual groups of
people going into needle exchanges.
So they weren't bodybuilders or steroid users.
They weren't heroin or opiate users.
They were working mums going in with their daughters and
things like this.
It stimulates the receptors in the skin to
produce the skin pigment.
One form of it, supposedly, gives you a libido boost
within a very short space of time.
We've had reports of people's genitals
supposedly turning purple.
How do you tell them it's a bad idea when, from their
point of view, at least, what they're doing is taking
something which is going to make them look
better and feel horny?

FEMALE SPEAKER: I hate it when there's a bubble in it.
You see, you can't administer it with a bubble in it.
That can kill you.

So what you do is you rub the area where you're
going to put it.
And then you grab the bit of skin like that, and
then and that's it.
You can feel it going in your system.

To be perfectly honest with you, I feel a bit sick off the
5ml I had before.
Bloody hell, that really hurt, that one.
A girl has put it into her stomach before
now and nearly died.
She's got the needle, and she's gone that way, and
nearly died.
INTERVIEWER: Because she injected
right into the stomach?
FEMALE SPEAKER: Yeah, you're not meant to do that.
I mean, I don't really think people should be administering
needles that aren't nurses, anyway, to
be perfectly honest.

The most ones who say, it's not meant to be about
appearance and all that are the ones that are bitter and
resentful inside.
And they're usually the ones that
are jealous and resentful.
And that is ugly.
That's an ugly character.
So therefore, not only are they not nice on the outside,
but they're not nice on the inside.
And not being nice on the inside is a lot more tragic
than them not being nice on the outside.

INTERVIEWER: When did you get that done?
FEMALE SPEAKER: About five, six years ago now, when
Liverpool won their fifth Champion's League.
Regret it a little bit now I'm older because think it's a bit
chavvy on a girl now.
INTERVIEWER: Have you been in this competition before?
FEMALE SPEAKER: I haven't, no.
This is my first year.
So I'm a bit nervous.
INTERVIEWER: What time did you start getting ready today?
FEMALE SPEAKER: I went to my brother's girlfriend's, and
she started doing my hair and my eyelashes and all that
about a quarter to nine this morning when it all started.
I was in the Asda at half eight picking my last little
bits of lacquer and everything like that up.
I've just drove here today in my rollers.
I had to keep on saying to the girls, every time I was
getting out of the car and in the car, I
kept on whacking them.
So they're all falling out now.
Kept on forgetting to duck my head when I was
getting out of the car.
Pain's beauty.
You've got to do it.
You've got to be humiliated.
how many times you get people laughing at you when you run
in the shop with them on .
Like I say, if you want to look good then you've got to
do this stuff.
It's the only way your hair's gonna stay big, really.
FEMALE SPEAKER: I said their answers all seemed a little
No, they do though, don't they?
Because they say, why do you want to be a model?
Oh, I really want to help the world.
I want to help people.
No, you don't.
You just got that off fucking a magazine or telly.
You have all the girls waiting in here.
And then, one at a time, they're going to walk through
and stand in front of the judges here.
And the judges are going to be seated on this table with all
their, like, scoring boards and everything.
And they're going to get asked three questions that they've
And then they're going to walk out.
And the good judges are gonna slag them off and write down
their marks.
Miss Photogenic, Miss Beautiful Body, Miss Beautiful
Hair, Miss Lovely Legs, Miss Sexy
Eyes, that one's hilarious.
And then you've got the third runner up, second runner up
and first place.
The boys are Mr. Body Fit, Mr. Stylish Hair, and Mr.
Photogenic and then obviously, Third, Second, First, as well.
MALE ANNOUNCER: What would you do if you won
Mr. Liverpool 2010?
Who would party with him afterwards?

FEMALE ANNOUNCER: Please, make some noise for all of our

MALE ANNOUNCER: We're gonna crown Mr. Liverpool 2010.
FEMALE ANNOUNCER: It's Christian Williams!

MALE ANNOUNCER: Christian Williams, congratulations.
Here's your Mr. Liverpool!

Give a special thanks to the judges.


MALE ANNOUNCER: Runner-up in Miss Liverpool 2010.
FEMALE ANNOUNCER: It's Serena, Serena Stregapede!

SERENA STREGAPEDE: Absolutely over the moon.
I feel like I've won because of the way I was
and the way I felt.
I can't believe that I did come second because my nerves
were just shot, for some reason.
But I'm absolutely buzzing that I've come second.
I'm gonna go and get bladdered now.

MALE SPEAKER: And I think vanity is the greatest thing
in the world.
Always have done.
And people are vain about most things, even if they're not
vain about themselves.
You have a moral obligation to look smart.
I took four youngsters to the Dorchester Hotel.
It was a hairdressing function, right?
So when I get to the top of the stairs, watch all the
television cameras and all the photographers come over to me.
I go to the top of the stairs and sure enough, saw all the
lights running over to me.
And they were taking photographs.
And I said to the youngsters, now, tell me
why they came over.
Was it me?
Or was it the pink suit?