This episode explores the competitive streak that lies behind the now famous gypsy look and the extraordinary sacrifices that are taken to achieve it. 21 year old Deloras is an Irish traveller who lives the high life. From driving a Porsche along the beaches of the Spanish coast (on an extended 6-month sojourn, courtesy of her father's business dealings) to the ultra-wealthy town of Rathkeale in County limerick, we see her as she prepares for the biggest day of her life - her wedding day. For the event she has commissioned two dresses - the first an exotic pineapple themed outfit for the all important 'night-before'; the second an extravagant 'cat' dress for the day of her nuptials. So outlandish are the designs that even Thelma, a dress maker well used to unusual ideas, describes them as 'the most outrageous request' she has ever had. Sammy Jo is an Irish traveller whose 'look' is a constant preoccupation. As she prepares to compete in a beauty contest for travellers, she tops up her gypsy tan and reveals the how, for her, the inherent risk of cancer is far less important than maintaining her look. 'If I get cancer, I get cancer...but at least I'll still look good. Nangirl, Margaret, Rosemary and Bridget are four cousins in direct competition to be the most beautiful on the day of their first holy communion. For these girls the service is all about the need to 'look good for God' but as their day unfolds we see that when it comes to looking your best, 'beauty is pain.moreless
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