After 12 tough weeks, Wanganui woman Kerri Wason has stepped out for her Big Reveal.
Temperatures dropped in the city late on Thursday, but it was nerves that had Mrs Wason shivering as she entered Roam Cafe to the big sound of What a Feeling.
Nigel Wason's huge beaming smile said what his nervous wife was feeling, but unable to say to the audience of mostly women and the business owners who had sponsored the makeover challenge.
He said he was still surprised at seeing her new look, and how the Big Reveal had motivated his wife because she did not want to let down those people who supported her challenge.
From the tip of her Jax-do, the Perfect 10 Beauty body beautiful, her new glinting Eyes on Victoria spectacles, the sparkling Gary Bettridge jewellery, the Millers Fashion ensemble covering her new 15kg weight loss body by Revitalise Gym, down to her pedicured America Nails framed by a pair of strappy Footloose shoes, this was Mrs Wason's night to shine.
Watkins Motors supplied the vehicle for the day to help Mrs Wason get to her makeover appointments. And on the night, Mrs Wason was presented with a bouquet of flowers from AbFlowers, an Intimo voucher for lingerie and a glamour shoot by Nicci Forlong Photography.
Mrs Wason also got to spend the night with her husband at the Aotea Motor Lodge. Ross Hardey, of Eyes on Victoria, said Mrs Wason was a shy woman who had "a lovely presence about her".
Classic Hits morning show host Darryl Mallett did the honours for Mrs Wason and read her speech because she knew she would be feeling overwhelmed at the attention of the night.
What Mrs Wason did say was how grateful she was to those Wanganui businesses that stepped up to support her and donate to her makeover. "It was one of the hardest competitions I have ever done."
After a twice-daily cardio and weight-training regime around her day, Mrs Wason got to eat her evening meal at 9. She followed a gluten-free nutritional plan and Subway donated a salad a week.
Mr Wason beamed as he spoke of his "friendly, wonderful" wife who cared for their kids, and for the life-changing challenge that became one for all the family.
"It's good for the kids what a healthy lifestyle can do," he said.
"It's well worth it and it's a continuing journey."
Mrs Wason's parents John and Jeanette Smith helped by stepping in to care for the couple's three children, Mikalya (6), Brydon (3) and Eden (5 months). Just over $300 from ticket sales was raised for the City Mission.