Find out more about the amazing makeover of Kelly from Episode 4 of Trinny & Susannah's Australian Makeover Mission, including her before & after shots.
Marital Status: Engaged
Her New Look
Top - White Verve at David Jones
Jeans - Jeans West at Jeanswest
Tank - Country Road
Jacket - Review
Shoes - Wittner
Necklace - Sportsgirl
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What would you say about your appearance prior to the makeover?
I would say I was uncertain about myself. I spent the two and a half years prior to my makeover suffering from a chronic illness called Crohns disease. I could not work or study and barely had a life as I was constantly sick and exhausted. I lived in tracksuits, and basically hid myself from the world because this disease controlled my life. Four months prior to the makeover I had some drastic surgery which essentially gave me my life back but meant I now live with a colostomy bag. I didn’t know how to dress comfortably to hide my bag and also felt very insecure so I wore baggy clothes to hide things. It was what I became use to, I was always exhausted from the disease and my appearance (and attitude) reflected this.
What was the best part of the makeover?
Meeting so many amazing women who were able to relate to my problems and insecurities. Meeting Trinny and Susannah was also fantastic. They were such lovely and real people, made the whole experience alot of fun. I also loved the confidence it gave me, if I can talk about my ostomy on a national program then I know it won’t impact or influence my life.
What was the worst part of the makeover?
Talking about my surgery and having to show Susannah my bag. I have only shown my closest family and fiancé so allowing someone else to see it was a big deal. Also confronting various issues I have about my body, it is so easy to hide, very hard to put it out there in the public eye.
What was the best advice Trinny & Susannah gave you?
What colours to wear (and avoid) and also what my body shape was and how to maximise it. I never really knew how to dress to my shape and after the surgery I found wearing clothes (mainly pants) awkward. Susannah had a great idea about wearing maternity pants and I have not looked back. They hide what I want them to hide and no one notices the difference.
How has the makeover changed your life?
I can walk around with confidence now, I feel secure and sexy again. I am not hiding behind the baggy clothes and I know I can wear anything that anyone else does and not worry about what people can see (or what you think they can see). I feel like the old me before the disease. I am happier and much more confident. For me the makeover was a stepping stone in regaining my life, the past is behind me and now I have a whole future waiting.