Regarded as one of the most talked about TV personalities in Bachelor history, Michelle Money has often been perceived as a villainess. In an exclusive interview with In Touch, the hair and makeup stylist turned reality star reveals how she stripped away her bad girl persona to empower teenage girls (and gives her advice to best pal Emily Maynard as she begins her dramatic Bachelorette journey!).
“My passion is helping women feel confident,” Michelle, who recently teamed up with Big Brothers Big Sisters to award four underprivileged high school students the ultimate fantasy prom makeover, shares. “We hear of prom makeover stories, but less about the ones where celebs step in to create the magic themselves... so this was right up my alley.”
While the makeover includes a beauty prep room at NYC’s Roommate Grace hotel, pampering at The Finishing Bar by Fox & Jane with manicure and pedicure treatments, shoes, accessories, hair and makeup by Michelle, and a dress from K.Borgella's spring/summer 2011 and 2012 collection, Michelle says she also hopes to provide beauty tips and tricks that will enable the four young women to be more confident in their everyday lives.
“Whenever girls come to my salon and ask to look like a certain celebrity I remind them, ‘You don’t want to look like her! You want to look like you!’” she says.
And after feeling misunderstood after contending for Brad Womack’s heart on TV, Michelle also shares her advice on what Emily needs to do to get through the drama.
“You just have to stay true to who you are… Things will be manipulated,” she warns. “If you worry too much about what other people think it will drive you mad.”
Michelle also tells In Touch that Emily struggled with the decision to be the next Bachelorette.
“At the end of the day, Emily wants to find love,” she shares. “She wants it for Ricki, for herself… why not take this experience and give it a shot?”
The Bachelorette premieres tonight at 9:30 p.m. ET on ABC.