From Tomboy to Glamour Girl
Meet Jacqui, the first of our Gorgeous Me makeover models.
Jacqui was a self-confessed tomboy when she was younger, always hanging around with the boys. She owned a 450cc motorbike and loved jaunts in the country on the weekend. She met her hubby at the young age of 15, married at 22 and then headed to London with him for her OE.
She laughs when she tells us about the time they came back from travelling in Europe, absolutely broke. All they had were the clothes they'd been travelling in, some clothes from before they left and their travelling van. Because they were broke, they lived in the van outside their mate's place, conning them into letting them shower at their place once they'd left for work. In her dressing gown, in the midst of freezing winter London temperatures and sidestepping dog poo on the pavement, Jacqui would nip in for a quick shower and back to the van for a canned food meal. This went on for a couple of months until they could finally afford rent. To save, they also biked everywhere, including to work, so clothes she could scrunch up in her bag and change at work were a priority.
For the past 16 years, Jacqui and her husband have owned a glass retail business - supplying glass for small commercial and residential properties - windows, showers, splashbacks, balustrades, etc. Jacqui runs the office and accounts for the business, often working from home.
Dressing up has never really been on the agenda for Jacqui - the friends she hung out with, the nature of the jobs she's had and travelling abroad all called for a casual, relaxed style of dress. Apart from the mid 90s, after returning from her OE, she worked for a stock-broking firm where the corporate uniform was a suit and heels. "I admit, I did have a great figure in those days and I'm told I had great legs (and she still does). I loved dressing up. I just don't have the need now, apart from the odd occasion."
"As I'm aging (now 46), I'm feeling less confident about myself and dressing up. My hair is thinner and starting to go grey around my hairline, and my hands are dry and old looking. When I dress up, I don't feel very good; I really lack confidence with my make-up and knowing what is fashionable. Although I think I know what suits me, I am very self-conscious in a skirt or dress that is knee high or above the knee or anything sleeveless."
AND AFTER THE MAKEOVER...
"I was upset with myself, thinking that I'd wasted my beauty when I was younger, and that now I was 'past' it. Seeing this, I am so not over it, this is amazing. Even though I'm older, I can still look fabulous.
I just can't believe it, I look beautiful."
And yes, there were tears. We believe Jacqui looks at least 10 years younger. What do you think?
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