Dawn, before
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When Carson meets Dawn, she's done up from the top of her hair sprayed extensions to the tips of her hot pink heels. Over the past 20 years, Dawn has spent a lot of time and money to create this look. She has breast implants, lip and Botox injections, eyelash extensions, fake hair and nails and a wardrobe that leaves little to the imagination.

But, Dawn says, she didn't always look this way. "As a child, I would say that I was very much a girl next door. I was very shy," she says. "High school, for me was really, really hard. I was told by teachers that I wasn't going to make very much out of myself. It was a really sad, lonely time for me."

After being told she wasn't good enough or thin enough, Dawn began to change her look. When she was 21 years old, she started working out, dieting, tanning and dressing differently. "People started giving me attention," she says.

Two decades later, Dawn's beauty routine is all-consuming. Some mornings, it takes her from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. to get ready. "Now I don't do math, but that's a long time," Carson says. "It's taking her away from her family, from her job, all those things."

Dawn's teenage children, Geneva and Troy, say they're embarrassed by their mom's appearance and they don't want people to continue judging her...or mistaking her for a porn star. "I would have to say that my look doesn't match my inside as much as a person might think. I am a mother, first and foremost," Dawn says. "I would really like for both my son and my daughter to be proud of me."
FROM: Makeunders: How'd You Get That Way?
Published on February 16, 2010

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