Posted: 8:54 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014
By Samantha Lear
When you lose almost half your body weight, it’s not only an admirable achievement, but also a great excuse to overhaul your wardrobe! That was the design behind last night’s (January 21) Makeover Week episode of NBC’s The Biggest Loser, and one contestant in particular made a huge impact on fashion consultant Tim Gunn — and the rest of us at home!
Back in October, viewers were introduced to Rachel Frederickson, a voice-over artist from L.A. who, at her heaviest, weighed in at 260 pounds. Now, this beautiful young lady is one of the four remaining contestants on the season, and she’s now a shadow of her former self.
“Good heavens! Look at you!” Tim Gunn exclaims, gasping as Rachel steps out of the dressing room during her makeover in last night’s ep. He adds, “I honestly didn't recognize you when you came out. I didn't know you had this underneath those sweats!'
The 24-year-old catches herself in the mirror and gets emotional at what she sees. Now down to 155 pounds (a whopping 105-pound weight loss!), Rachel can finally show off her figure in a super-flattering LBD.
“I didn't either,” she replies. “Wow, that's such a shock.”
As we learned in the beginning of the season, Rachel put on over 100 pounds over six years, following a difficult break-up. Though she began as a competitive swimmer with scholarship offers at several colleges, she opted out of that to move to Germany with her exchange student ex. After they split, she sought comfort through food and found herself at almost double her original size.
Hey, it may have taken some time, but it’s never too late for some sweet revenge. You show ‘em, girl!
“It's taken me a six-year journey and a lot of pain and heartbreak and being critical of myself,” she details. “And seeing all the hard work — the sweat, the tears, the emotions of the past 13-week journey, in this dress, it's just phenomenal.”
Watch Rachel and others continue their journey on The Biggest Loser on Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
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