She knows what she likes, but she doesn’t know much about fashion. That’s Applejack in a nutshell in this episode. Rarity is holding a fashion contest at Carousel Boutique with the winner having his or her designs on display at the
Applejack is selected as one of the judges along with Hoity Toity and Photo Finish. Applejack was reluctant at first, but accepts because of her sense of practicality which straight away will not help her in judging fashion. We meet the contestants: Lily Lace who loves drama in her fashion. Starstreak who is futuristic and avant-garde. And Inky Rose, a goth pegasus who looks a lot like a pony we met in “Canterlot Boutique”, but that pony was a
Applejack goes full Simon Cowell on their designs and the fashion show appears to be in tatters as a result of Applejack’s rather brutal honesty. Rarity then takes AJ to Strawberry Sunrise who gives her opinion about apples (she doesn’t like them). AJ soon learns the error of her ways, brings everybody back to save the show, and cops out by choosing all three ponies to make it a three-way tie.
There is a good lesson in that while it is right to be honest, it is sometimes wrong to be brutally so. That was Applejack here. As a result, the contestants’ feelings were hurt and so were those of Photo Finish and Hoity Toity when AJ says, “fashion is ridiculous”. AJ is more of a practical pony and that’s where the scene with Apple Bloom and her hat works with this episode. What also works very well was the comedy. Photo Finish is as hammy as ever while Pinkie Pie offers comedy relief as well. The guitar scene was hilarious as well.
There’s a lot that works here and with a good lesson included. It’s not a top tier episode, but honestly, it is another very good Season Seven episode where there’s yet to have been a bad one.
Fun Fact: Strawberry Sunrise’s VA, Maggie Blue O’Hara voiced Sweetheart in My Little Pony Tales. She becomes the third of that show’s core seven VA’s to voice both Tales and FiM along with Kelly Sheridan (Melody on Tales) and Chiara Zanni (Bon-Bon). Cathy Weseluck was also part of the Tales crew, but as singing director.