Of course the show isn't real in a lot of senses. I have posted before that I find it very stupid to make them use recyclables and idiotic things like that. But we do get to see some of what goes into designing and what some people are capable of. That is why I watch the show. And I wish they showed more of that. But producers seem to think viewers want more conflict, so they put on whiny obnoxious people like Jeffrey, Vincent, and Santino and keep them on there long after their expiration dates.
And no, they don't need to tell everybody they are beautiful, but beauty is very much in the eye of the beholder. If you seek beauty in people you will find it. If you just judge very superficially by looks, you are missing a lot out of life.
Not every woman is going to be a model, but just about every woman can be helped to look better. That should be the goal of fashion in general and of this show too. There is no reason on earth for anybody to behave the way Heidi and Tim behaved to Alison's model or the way Jeffrey behaved to Angela's mother. That behavior is true ugliness.