Four local women made over by 'Marilyn Denis Show' - Nov. 3, 2016
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
Four friends from the Walton and Londesborough areas were recently made over by a celebrity stylist on The Marilyn Denis Show, one of Canada’s leading television shows.
Diane Anderson and her friends Brenda Dalton, Cheryl Ryan and Dianne McCallum all appeared on the show on Friday, Oct. 21, although the process to bring the women on the show began nearly a full two years earlier.
Anderson says that she and the three friends are part of a larger group of about 10 friends who often plan day-trips and vacations together. While some of those outings may be to shop or take in tourist destinations, many centre around their love of the open road by way of their motorcycles.
The process that brought the four women to the show began with Anderson e-mailing the show and inquiring about tickets to simply take in the taping as spectators back in January, 2015. Anderson, however, attached a picture of the women along with her response to one of the show’s producers.
Correspondence quickly transitioned from a simple ticket request to a suggestion that the women may want to be part of a future show.
It was later that year that talk turned to potentially appearing on the show for makeovers. Anderson remembers it, because all four women were together in Arizona at the time.
The concept began with the women riding their motorcycles to Toronto in April. However, Anderson informed the show’s producers that none of them were prepared to ride their motorcycles in April, especially through Huron County.
The conversation stalled for about a year, Anderson says, although she was persistent in reminding producers that she and her friends were still willing to come and be part of the show in some capacity.
It was this July when Anderson received confirmation that an upcoming episode’s theme fit the self-described foursome of “biker moms and grandmas” perfectly. The show’s producers suggested that the women could be involved in a makeover show that would take their “biker babe” look and turn them into something a little more feminine and trendy.
The Marilyn Denis Show then sent a crew to Huron County on Aug. 10 and the women then made their way to Toronto for the taping of the show on Aug. 29-30.
Ryan says the crew travelled to Huron County on what felt like the hottest day of the year – only made to feel hotter by the eight hours of work the women had to complete for the crew, much of which was done wearing heavy, leather biker gear.
All four women say the experience in Huron County was both fun and professional. The crew helped to put the women at ease and even commented on how pleasant it was to be in a rural setting, saying they are often “cooped up” in a Toronto condominium.
The crew interviewed all four women separately and took plenty of pictures of them in different outfits, as well as of their motorcycles. The women even made lunch for the crew, noting that there aren’t many dining options on country blocks near Walton.
The show filmed on Aug. 30, but the four women were welcomed to Toronto the day before to prepare for the production, getting their hair coloured and styled and being matched with an ideal makeover outfit chosen for them by one of the show’s producers and Alexis Honce, a fashion expert and celebrity stylist.
The concept of the show, dubbed “Full Throttle Makeover” was to take one of each person’s chosen leather attire and repurpose it in a modern, every-day feminine way. Anderson utilized her leather boots, while Ryan kept her favourite leather jacket, Dalton opted to feature a leather vest and McCallum brought along a leather skirt.
Honce then chose a completely new way to utilize that item, incorporating colours and styles that the women may not have normally chosen.
The major portion of the program, however, was a full makeover for each woman from head to toe. All four women say they couldn’t believe the results of the makeover and that they all felt great with their new looks.
Dalton said that she was impressed most by what stylists did to her hair, while Ryan said she loved what Honce recommended for her, bringing her out of her comfort zone, but in a good way.
McCallum said she was very surprised with her new look and that she felt like a new person, saying the makeover completely changed her personality.
Anderson said she was very comfortable with the clothes, but that the changes made to her hair felt very different, but definitely a change she appreciated.
In the crowd that day were some familiar faces, friends of the women, including Brussels’ Sheila Bauer, Ivy Broadfoot of Seaforth and Leeann McNeil of Paisley.
All four women agree that their Marilyn Denis Show makeovers have changed their attitudes when they go shopping. McCallum said she was instantly looking for outfits with more colour, similar to the outfit she was given (all four women got to keep their new outfits) by the show. And while their eyes have been opened to some new styles, they all agree they won’t be turning in their leather or motorcycles any time soon.
To view the episode online, visit marilyn.ca and find the Oct. 21 “Full Throttle Makeover” segment under the “Fashion” heading.