The Swan - Season 1, Episode 1
Original Air Date: 4/7/04
Kelly and Rachel
On the premiere episode, the first two sets of contestants will meet "The Swan" group of experts. The experts that would help the contestants achieve their goals consist of plastic surgeons, cosmetic dentists, life therapists and fitness trainers. However, while both are going to undergo life changing transformations, only one will go on to compete in the Swan's beauty pageant.
The first contestant was Kelly, who was in tears when she found out that she had been selected for "The Swan." Kelly is an individual who never saw herself as being pretty. Her appearance has put a strain on her relationship with her boyfriend, Bob. Kelly's looks have kept her from being more intimate with Bob and hopes that this transformation will help her to have a more intimate relationship. The team of specialists discussed with each other what they could do to help Kelly get ready for the competition. They are ready to take on this challenge.
The second contestant was Rachel. She is someone who has always seen herself as "average." Even her husband feels she's average. Rachel does not have too much self-esteem and wants this opportunity to make a difference in her life. Once again, the team of specialists discussed what they could do for Rachel to help her get into the beauty pageant.
One thing that both contestants soon came to find out was that they would not be allowed to see themselves in the mirror for the next three months. First part of Kelly's transformation was a consultation with her plastic surgeon and discussing the surgical procedures she would undergo. Next was a trip to the dentist, which Kelly was scared of. But the dental work was performed, which resulted in a new smile for Kelly.
Before going into surgery, Kelly was having second thoughts about having the operation. The doctor feared Kelly would go into a state of post-operative depression, and that she did. However, once the surgical bandages started coming off, Kelly was getting her spirits up again.
As for Rachel, she was in better spirits after undergoing surgery. However after the surgery, Rachel was experiencing some personal problems due to a lack of support and communication from her husband. Swan therapist, Dr. Lynn Lanni had sessions with Rachel to discuss the issues between Rachel and her family.
Finally after three months, it was time for Kelly and Rachel to see their new appearance. Rachel went first. She first presented her new appearance to the experts that helped her in transformation. Then it was time to see herself in the mirror for the first time in three months. A large curtain was all that stood between Rachel and a mirror that would help her see her new look. When she was ready, the curtain opened and Rachel was overjoyed by what she saw. She felt that this new look would take a little bit of getting used to. Before she described herself as average, but now describes herself as beautiful.
As for Kelly's reveal, she also first presented herself to those that helped her achieve her new look. Kelly's plastic surgeon, Dr. Dubrow, said Kelly was able to fight her post-operative depression. Her fitness trainer, Greg Comeaux said that Kelly wasn't able to meet her weight loss goals, but had come a long way. Next was the mirror reveal and Kelly was petrified about seeing her new look. When she finally saw herself in the mirror, Kelly was in tears. She couldn't believe that the reflection in the mirror was hers. Kelly said she looks beautiful.
However it was time to see who would go home and who would continue to the beauty pageant. The judges had to choose between Kelly or Rachel, both of which worked hard for their transformation. In the end, it was Rachel who was chosen to go to "The Swan" beauty pageant.
Kelly was happy to make it this far and thankful to those who helped her make this change. However, there was a surprise for Kelly. Her boyfriend Bob came and the two were reunited. That was not all, Kelly's mother, father and brother stopped by as well. They were all amazed by Kelly's new look. Kelly feels like she made it and that wishes do come true.
Kelly s new appearance was the result of several transformations:
For her Face, Kelly s procedures included:
Liposuction of the chin and cheeks
Collagen treatment in the Lips and Nasal labial folds
Laser hair removal
For the Body:
Liposuction of the back, calves, ankles, thighs, buttocks and knees
Dental procedures included:
Partial DaVinci Veneers
Repair cracked teeth
Kelly also had to undergo a 1200 calorie a day diet as well as cardio exercises twice a day and weight training for her abdominals and arms.
Rachel s transformation included a series of procedures:
For her face:
Liposuction chin and cheeks
Blue light treatment
For Rachel s body, procedures included:
Liposuction of the stomach, flanks, inner thighs, outer thighs and back
Rachel s dental procedures included:
Full DaVinci veneers
Rachel also underwent a 1200 calorie a day diet, cardio fitness twice daily and weight training. She also received therapy and coaching to help her self-esteem.