Beauty & the Beast: Ugly Face of Prejudice

Series 2 - Episode 3

Beauty & the Beast: Ugly Face of Prejudice
Radio Times
Review by:
Emma Sturgess

Neither Holly Kent nor Nelly Shaheen looks ordinary. Glamour model Holly likes to enhance what nature gave her. Nelly has a dangerous skin condition, Harlequin Ichthyosis (HI), and many people mistake her for a burns victim. Both are clever and good-natured, and they make a companionable pairing in this life swap experiment.

At 27, Nelly is the oldest known person with HI in the UK, and the only survivor of four siblings who were born with it. Holly’s teens were blighted by emotional illness. The same spirit has got them both through, so whether they agree on the rights and wrongs of the sex industry is immaterial.

About this programme

3/4. Glamour model Holly Kent meets Nelly Shaheen, a woman who has harlequin ichthyosis, a rare skin condition that could suffocate her if left untreated. They visit strip clubs to try pole dancing, before experiencing the realities of the adult-entertainment industry in Los Angeles - and Nelly tries to convince Holly that her profession is not as rewarding as she believes.

Cast and crew


Dominick French
Executive Producer
Eve Kay
Series Producer
David Vallance