Cree, a Las Vegas entrepreneur, believes beauty is in the eye of the beholder when he becomes Carmen.
Since these gals were going to be graded on grace, good looks and glamour, there was stiletto camp, makeup and modeling lessons and the task most men loathe, shopping. Then, they had to introduce their alter egos to their friends and family. And the final challenge: swap places for 24 hours with their wives or girlfriends.
"I thought the stuff automatically got done," says Cree. "I learned so much of what goes into [my wife's] daily life and what she does for my son Jared and I every single day. Even after a long day of work."
Donnell says he drew some of his female energy from Oprah. "I always told my wife, 'All women have an inner Oprah inside,'" Donnell says. "What I mean by that is in times of need or in trouble, or when you need to call on something, you call on [Oprah], you know? A little bit of [Oprah]. She's in school right now, so when she gets stressed out I say. 'What would Oprah do?' And it always helps her."
Although he is a big guy himself, David says he never knew how hard it was to be a larger woman. "Even the less, how should I put it? The less attractive of the group men? They all garnered their shares of attention where myself, you know, I, by design or by just by where I was, I was always in the back of the pack.
"I mean, it was almost like a focused lack of attention [on me,]" says David.
For three weeks as the men were plucked and tweezed, they were not allowed to talk to their friends or family. Michael actually made a pretty cute woman but the experience made him appreciate his own woman, Leigh Ann, a whole lot more. During the taping of He's a Lady Michael said, "It really hurts to be here and I can't speak to her and tell her everything. How I so respect my woman and I just want to tell her in every fashion and form. There's only Leigh Ann. I want to give her everything."
Michael: I respect Leigh Ann and care for her and love her. I just really would like for her to come up here. …For one thing, I love you more than anything in the world.
Leigh Ann: I love you, too.
Michael: I always will. I'll stand behind you on everything and from the first night I ever saw you, you stole something from me I never want back and that's my heart. Will you marry me?
Leigh Ann: Yes!
Karoline had to move away from her friends and family and live alone in a small apartment for an entire month.She also took a job working with senior citizens and went on a weekend getaway with 3,000 older people. Eventually, Karoline began to realize they were real people with real feelings—and it changed her life.
"When I'm in the prosthetics, when I'm in the makeup, I'm older, an older version of me, but it's still me on the inside," she says. "I can kind of see the young person inside of them now. I kind of see them as just young people actually trying to deal with being old."
"I was invisible all of a sudden," Daniel says. "I walked down the streets of London, and people didn't watch what I was doing, where I was in location to them, where I was in location to their pocketbook or their car. The other difference I found is when I go to shops, that's when they did look at you. They put the change in your hand rather than slam it on the counter and look to the next person. There's a difference in interaction."
Another lesson Daniel learned was not to completely hold stock in his prejudices. In disguise as a white man, Daniel went to the dog races and chatted with a kind spectator. The man was someone whom normally Daniel would have judged to be a threat for a black man. When Daniel returned later as himself, the man treated him equally as kind.
"It made me question myself," Daniel says. "I have to look about how I look at other people and how I judge a whole race or a whole group of people, and if I don't want them to do that to me, then I can't do that to them. It made me look the other way."