[NEW SERIES] Chelsea Settles is a bubbly recent college grad living in a small town outside of Pittsburgh. She loves Kim Kardashian, gossip magazines, and above all, the world of fashion. Like most girls her age, Chelsea's trying to figure out what she's going to do with the next phase of her life. However, she has a ...
Still, Chelsea has dreams -- to lose weight, to pursue a career in fashion, and to achieve her lifelong goal of moving to sunny, beautiful Los Angeles. But change isn't easy, especially for a sheltered small-town girl who's never flown on an airplane or lived on her own before.
Thanks to the encouragement of mom and her close cousin, Jarel, Chelsea does decide to leap into the unknown -- or at least, the West Coast. She realizes that living 3,000 miles away from the only home she's ever known will test her emotionally, physically, and psychologically as she struggles to start a career in fashion in image-obsessed LA. But for the first time in her life, Chelsea is determined to take these challenges on: from living with a roommate for the first time, to getting in shape with a no-nonsense personal trainer, to finding a job and ultimately working for a demanding boss at an upscale boutique, to managing a long-distance boyfriend who may not completely support her career aspirations. And along the way, after experiencing a series of small victories, as well as some life changing setbacks, Chelsea may just be ready to experience a new way of seeing the world -- and herself.
Premieres on Sunday at 1800 CET Starting January 15th
CHELSEA: Everyone has a dream, and bubbly, bright Chelsea is out to make hers a reality. Determined to pursue a career in fashion, she's left her small town in Pennsylvania to move to the "glamour capital of the world" - Los Angeles. Overflowing with sunshine, celebs, and attitude, L.A. can be a challenging place to live for any recent college grad. And although Chelsea has passion and drive, she also has a bigger obstacle to overcome than most 23-year-olds starting their careers in fashion -- because she weighs 324 pounds. Being morbidly obese has robbed Chelsea of her self-esteem -- making every challenge in her life that much more difficult to overcome. From getting a job, to making friends and trying to get in shape in a city where being super-skinny is the rule, not the exception, no step that Chelsea takes on her journey towards happiness will be easy. But with every new day, Chelsea learns that if you face your fears head on, anything is possible.
JAREL: There are two things most of us can't get along without in this world: family and friends. For Chelsea, her cousin, Jarel, is both. Funny, supportive, and opinionated, he's there whenever Chelsea needs him - and Chelsea can't believe how lucky she is knowing that Jarel will move to L.A. with her. Jarel is one of Chelsea's biggest cheerleaders, but he also has no problem speaking his mind. He loves Usher, "Glee" -- and don't even get him started on Disneyland. Make no mistake: Jarel is not a carbon copy of his cousin. He is lighthearted and outgoing; making new friends just comes naturally to him. Look out L.A. - Jarel is determined to make things happen there!
JENNA: It's hard to find a roommate that you just click with -- but if your roommate is Jenna, it's no problem at all! Although just 23, Jenna's already led a harrowing life marked by intense challenges. She's hit rock bottom many times, but with her positive outlook and unique sense of humor, Jenna's managed to turn her life around. When Jenna's not hanging out at home, you can find her walking on the beach, going thrift-store shopping with friends, or ordering the most decadent thing on the menu at a hip new restaurant. Jenna's quirky and cool, but more importantly, she's a true friend who always has Chelsea's back - and that makes Chelsea a very fortunate girl. DEVON: Devon just doesn't want to be a star - he wants to be a SUPERSTAR. Actor, comedian, most famous person in the world, Devon is out to be ALL of the above. A Texan turned Californian, he's the guy everybody loves to hang out with. Just ask his roommate, Jarel. But since Devon is always "on," it's tough to know when he's kidding -- or being completely serious -- as Chelsea finds out when she starts becoming friends with him. No one knows where their relationship is heading, but one thing's for sure: with Devon around, you're guaranteed to have a good time!
ANGELA: No one would ever call Angela weak. Not to her face anyway! A fiery, no-nonsense personal trainer, Angela believes that self-confidence and a strong mind are the keys to losing weight and achieving personal goals. Angela knows that Chelsea can do anything she sets her mind to. But Angela is more than Chelsea's trainer: she's her mentor, someone Chelsea learns to trust and rely on 100%. Angela can be tough as nails, but she's also compassionate, funny, and loyal. She asks her clients to push themselves beyond what they think they're capable of -- and Chelsea is no exception.
LAURA: Demanding, intense, and overwhelmingly glamorous, Laura is the owner of the popular L.A. boutique, Vanity Room, and the person who signs Chelsea's paychecks. Chelsea would be the first to admit she's a little intimidated by Laura, and with good reason. No matter who you are or what you look like, Laura believes there isn't a person on this planet that she can't style. A self-proclaimed "retail therapist," Laura feels fashion is all about taking risks. As a stylist, she's bold. As a boss, she can be fierce -- holding her employees up to a certain standard. When you work for Laura, you really have to "work it."