The Swan set to return to TV, but faces criticism from past contestants

The Swan Cast Members

The controversial reality show The Swan is set to return to the airwaves this summer with a special celebrity reboot. Just as with the original two seasons in 2004, it is receiving a lot of criticism — and, this time, former contestants are among those denouncing the show.

“I had the most surgeries of any Swan in the history of the show and it has all gone to absolute sh-t,” said Lorrie Arias, a former contestant who received more than $300,000 worth of cosmetic surgeries. “I am a 300-pound mess of a person who is afraid to go outside.”

Lorrie Arias on The Swan

^Arias’ “before” and “after” in 2004.

Arias blames her issues with depression, bipolar disorder and lupus on the lack of follow-up from doctors, therapists and trainers.

Another former contestant admits that the show didn’t do much to help participants transition into their new lives.

“Some of the girls have had problems with their surgeries, and I would have thought [the producers] would have helped a little more with that,” Season 1 winner Rachel Love told The New York Post. “But what can you expect from them?”

Tawnya Cooke, who wrote “The Swan Diaries: Dirt Behind the Scenes of Reality TV” after appearing on the show, said that Arias needs to take responsibility for her own life.

Lorrie Arias in 2012

^From Arias’ Facebook page in 2012.

“You can’t keep blaming some particular event for the rest of your life,” she says. “I don’t know what happened to Lorrie. But for the rest of us, it was scary and the followup was sh-tty, but as far as making people freaky? I don’t think so.”

The original show featured “ugly ducklings” who underwent extreme makeovers before competing in a season-ending pageant for the chance to be titled “The Swan.” The winner also received a number of prizes, including “personal coaching.” Few details have been released about the celebrity special, but rumored cast members include former White House intern Monica Lewinsky and Happy Days actress Erin Moran.

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  • Crystal

    Does anyone take responsibility for their own actions anymore? It’s always someone else’s fault. Those women consciously went on that show, no one forced them. Now she is blaming the producers for being a 300 pound mess? Ridiculous.

    • Rachelle

      Exactly! Why is it there fault she got lazy? As was said THEY decided to go, THEY decided to have there bodies changed,THEY decided to let it all happen! its also there fault for not think that having plastic surgery could lead to complications! Not everyone responds as well as some..

  • britni

    Seriously…this caused her to gain weight. Always people blaming others. I didnt see her paying a dime of that 300, 000 makeover.

  • DeeDeDee

    This girl is essentially saying that even after the $300,000 in plastic surgery and care she received, that it wasn’t enough and that’s the reason she is NOW the way she is. Because she couldn’t have paid for her damn self to get a personal trainer, a nutritionist, therapist, etc. “They didn’t help me transition into my new life.” What did you want them to do, buy you a brand new house, have a live in ass kisser telling you how beautiful you were and continue to film after the show ended? What a dumb shit.

  • Shannon

    How about putting the fork down and hitting the treadmill instead of playing the blame game. Bitch should be THANKFUL she got 30 grand worth of surgery. She was damn ugly before it.

    • Nikki

      I would like to thank you for this amazing comment. Seriously, it made my night.

    • jj

      It wasn’t 30 grand doll….your missing a few 0’s ….. it was $300,000 (three hundred thousand…. That’s just over a quarter of a million dollars)

  • I can understand how changing the outside won’t change the inside, and no matter how pretty you look on the outside you can still be a shitty person inside, or depressed or whatever. I think the show should address more of the self-esteem and self-worth issues that these women are having.

    I do remember watching the show back then, some of those women wouldn’t have any teeth today if the show didn’t give them all that dental work! It was bad for one in particular who thought “braces” would fix her problems when she was riddled with cavities and needed several root canals. I think they pulled lots of her teeth and just gave her implants.

    • But also the way the show did it, not allowing the women to see in the mirrors so it was such a huge shock to see themselves after 6 weeks or whatever. That couldn’t have been mentally healthy at all.

  • What more does the bitch want? Damn near a half million dollars in free surgery and still crying the blues because she can’t stop stuffing her fat face. Give me a break.

  • amberc88

    even at 300lbs she is still better looking than her before pic! and why should the show have to baby sit her after the show? Is she not a responsible adult?? she just got a tonnn of surgery for free!

  • I loved that show. And boo-hoo nobody wants to hear someone whine about the 300k worth of free plastic surgery you got. But they definitely need to screen contestants a little more carefully to make sure they don’t have bipolar contestants. I’d watch the “celebrity” edition too, but something tells me it would be former reality show contestants, an occasional Kardashian and washed up irrelevant musicians. They should call it “Dancing with the Plastic Surgeons”

  • Nichole

    I feel bad for her b/c she seems to have too many mental problems, but on the other hand…what?. She is just looking for another 15 mins. of fame, b/c The Swan is suppose to come back. Seems harsh? Well I saw the E! Special where she is admitted she had a great doctor and would do the surgeries again! Not to mention she also admits she had mental issues after her husband died and that is was all over the place when she ended up being picked for the show.

    Maybe someone should have told her that plastic surgery is not to fix issues in your mind, for people to like you more, to become someone else, or look like some ‘famous’ person. Plastic surgery is to enhance who you already are…duh!


    We should be responsible for our own action. We understand that these women wants to feel good about themselves, improve their self esteem, their appearance and their relationship with their partners. But we must bear in mind that a drastic change in an outward appearance is not the only solution. Secondly , they shouldnt just rely on people behind the program ( SWAN) coz they are just there to assist and help but it doesnt mean they will be there forever to help. I think the show and people behind it has good intentions its just that maybe the contestants didnt really think about the after math, the pros and cons after t he show, what responsibility they have after t he show, and since its just a three months transition , it was really a drastic change that a person cant easily adjust with …… SO DO NOT BLAME IT TO PEOPLE BEHIND THE SWAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • mouth

    Lorrie is messed up. She is ungrateful and hates herself. She is fully invested in her own misery. This proves that beauty is also a form of karma that bland looking women cannot handle. They should know that joy comes from within. Being attractive has lots of advantages but doesn’t make life perfect.

    As for son having problems with a sexy confident mother, cry me a river. Selfish brat.