Connect with us

Ex-Mayor of Bungay, 47, and a cleaner, 49, unveil transformations on 10 Years Younger In 10 Days

Lifestyle

Ex-Mayor of Bungay, 47, and a cleaner, 49, unveil transformations on 10 Years Younger In 10 Days

A former Mayor of Bungay, who ‘looked 58’ when she was only 47, and an ex-cleaner who struggled with her self-esteem after her mother’s death nearly 30 years ago have showcased their breath-taking makeovers in 10 Years Younger in 10 Days.

Mary, once a prominent figure in her Suffolk town in her previous role as the mayor, used to have a zest for life but has lost her sense of identity over the years – and now works in a small gift shop, where she would prefer to hide away than be noticed.

Meanwhile, former cleaner Michelle, 49, has battled mental health issues for many years after witnessing her mother die when aged 22 – and now hates the sight of her own reflection after neglecting herself.

But the pair decided enough is enough and called on the experts – including a skin specialist, makeup artist and fashion stylist – in tonight’s Channel 5 programme to help them step into the limelight. 

Before their makeovers, a public poll put Mary’s age at 58, with people pointing out that ‘she didn’t stand out’, while Michelle was told she looked 56 years old as those asked said she appeared like she ‘doesn’t care anymore’.

But thanks to the help of the team of experts, a second poll guessed both Mary’s and Michelle’s age to be 46. 

Mary (pictured before and after her makeover), once a prominent figure in her Suffolk town in her previous role as the mayor, used to have a zest for life but has lost her sense of identity over the years – and now works in a small gift shop, where she would prefer to hide away than be noticed

Meanwhile, former cleaner Michelle (pictured before and after her makeover), 49, has battled mental health issues for many years after witnessing her mother die when aged 22 - and now hates the sight of her own reflection after neglecting herself

Meanwhile, former cleaner Michelle (pictured before and after her makeover), 49, has battled mental health issues for many years after witnessing her mother die when aged 22 – and now hates the sight of her own reflection after neglecting herself

Introduced first in the programme was Mary, who explained: ‘I seem to be quite popular in the town. Lots of people know me.

‘But then I have lived in Bungay all my life. I think people think that because I’ve been there and they’ve seen various things that I’ve done, that I’m this go-getter, but in reality, I’m a bit of a shrinking violet.

‘Being an only child and losing both parents, I found that I didn’t really care about anything and that included myself.’

She continued: ‘Now, I really have to take myself sometimes out of my comfort zone to get up, go to work and be the person that they want me to be. 

‘There’s lots of things I don’t like about myself. My hair is grey and has been since I’ve been 21… I don’t think I look great in clothes. I just exist and just hope that people don’t look too closely.’

She first met with Celebrity Beautician Nilam Holmes for micro needling and fractional laser, which uses heat energy to penetrate the skin’s surface, heat the tissues, and trigger a healing response to improve the lines in her face.

Introduced first in the programme was Mary (pictured before and after her makeover), who explained: ‘I seem to be quite popular in the town. Lots of people know me.

Introduced first in the programme was Mary (pictured before and after her makeover), who explained: ‘I seem to be quite popular in the town. Lots of people know me.

Following those treatments, Mary visited fashion stylist Gemma Sheppard, who explained that investing in just ‘three key accessories can transform your look’.

‘A belt creates shape, a scarf can be worn in loads of different ways and a great piece of statement jewellery will always add the wow factor,’ explained the stylist.

Finally, Mary’s transformation concluded with a trip to see makeup artist Hannah Martin, who instructed the former Mayor on how to apply her foundation, eyeliner and lipstick. 

To complete her new look, the 47-year-old was given a new hairstyle – with the team opting for blonde curly locks.

Upon seeing her appearance following the makeover, and being told the results of the second poll, she said: ‘Is that really me? I love it, I really do love it. 

‘I’ve met this new person, that I haven’t met before. Amazing, even when I get close to the mirror, I think “it gets even better”.’

Meanwhile, when introduced in the show, Michelle (pictured before and after her makeover) explained that she used to be a cleaner but has been signed off work due to her mental health

Meanwhile, when introduced in the show, Michelle (pictured before and after her makeover) explained that she used to be a cleaner but has been signed off work due to her mental health

Meanwhile, when introduced in the show, Michelle explained that she used to be a cleaner but has been signed off work due to her mental health.

‘I stopped working with depression and anxiety because I had panic attacks had to be brought home,’ she said. 

‘It feels like your heart is going to pop out of your chest and you can’t breathe properly. And I couldn’t hold a job down with it.

‘Cleaning can be really hard if you don’t like your reflection because there are mirrors anywhere.

‘I think if I managed to get my self esteem and confidence back then it would be halfway to maybe get in at least to an interview or back to a part time job,’ she added. 

To show that working on her inner emotions was important to her outer looks, she was first sent to visit a Chinese medicine specialist, who used acupuncture and some massage techniques to relax her body.

Following this, Michelle saw Cosmetic Physician Dr Tapan Patel, who gave the former cleaner ‘a laser treatment under the skin to give Michelle’s scarring a smoother texture’.

He finished the treatment with fillers and Botox to soften the wrinkles Michelle hates so much.

She then spent time with fashion stylist Gemma, who revealed how Michelle’s love of fast fashion places such as Primark could be focused on charity shops instead, which could provide designer products at a lower price. 

Michelle tried on various jeans and blazers which she previously wouldn’t have worn and admitted she felt ‘sexy’ in the ensembles.

The 49-year-old completed her transformation with a modern haircut, opting for a short blonde look.

She was visibly shocked when finally seeing her new appearance, admitting: ‘I’m just gobsmacked, gobsmacked, absolutely gobsmacked.

‘Just the fact that I can now pass the mirror or pass the car window without… hating it. This process has made me learn to love myself again. 

‘It’s not just about other people loving you. You do have to love yourself. And I think I’m going to start doing that.’ 

10 Years Younger in 10 Days is available on My5 

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in Lifestyle

To Top