Unfair lighting to maximise facial errors.
I've seen TV programmes back home where they give someone a makeover, you know, a new hair-do, some fancy make-up, a new dress. But last night I stumbled across Beauty Coliseum. Yes, they did the hair-do. Yes, they did the make-up. Yes, they did the new dress. And yes, they took it one step further - they put the woman under the knife and rearranged her face.
The woman whose face was about to dramatically change was unceromoniously brought before the resident celebrities and studio audience MINUS her make-up, MINUS her best clothes and MINUS a chance to do her hair. In short, she was a mess. It looked as if they'd just dragged her out of bed. She looked miserable too, though I expect she had a really nice personality.
A spotlight pointing towards her face from the ground ensured total and complete enhancement of her beautilessness. It really was a tad unfair.
She then cried and explained how awful life is. It sounded bad. It looked worse. It certainly wasn't getting any better appearing on this TV show.
Next they treated viewers to some reconstructed events, like the taxi driver who said she looked like Frankenstein and refused to give her a lift; and the man in a restaurant who was put off his food by her face and threw a chopstick angrily across the room at her. Fortunately the TV show was there to sort her face out and do her hair, thus saving her from any more unfortunate incidents involving chopsticks.
The final part of the show was two months down the line; I guess that was the time it took for the bleeding and swelling to cease.
Out she came, new dress, new hair, lots of make-up on her new face, and smiling! Then, the most astonishing part of the show - the celebrities were suddenly overcome with emotion and became quivering wrecks when they saw her new look.
The new woman proceeded to tell everyone how great life had become, and so we could all go to bed that night secure in the knowledge that the world was a little better looking thanks to Beauty Coliseum.
You can see the a 45 second clip of the show at the end of this post.
The star of the show breaks down as she explains how tough life is without any make-up.
A reconstructed taxi driver refuses to give her a lift, even though she insists that she has an outstandingly lovely personality.
The moment of truth....here she is two months before, pre-makeover......
.......and now! The transformation is stunning. And she's still got a really nice personality.
"That's not fair, she's better looking than me now." It all proves too much for one celebrity, who expresses her anger and envy through a flood of tears.
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Here's a clip. The celebrities steal the show with their wonderfully emotional reactions.
Running time: 45 seconds