Catching Up With: Maggie

posted: 07/09/13

Maggie Early, Season 8

Sassy mother of two Maggie was stuck in a rut. Her lazy style was keeping her from advancing in her career. Stacy and Clinton helped her realize how important it is to take care of yourself, so you can better take care of others.

How has appearing on the show impacted your life?

I have more confidence in myself and my appearance. I don't feel guilty taking time to make sure I look good because that translates into feeling good and being confident.

What's the best style tip Stacy and Clinton gave you?

Honestly, I would have to say it is not being afraid or ashamed of how my body is shaped. Yes, I'd like a few areas to be smaller (ha ha, who wouldn't?) or more toned, but this is how God made me and I need to be happy in my own skin. That acceptance and happiness with myself translates into so many other areas of life.

What's one surprising thing you learned on the show -- either about yourself, fashion and style, or Stacy and Clinton?

There were a lot of things that surprised me about my experience. The biggest was probably how much I fell in love with shoes....My husband will attest to my obsession with shoes since I was on the show. It was also surprising how intimidated I felt in department stores, a feeling which continues to this day. I prefer the smaller boutique stores to the larger chain stores simply because it is not so overwhelming!

What was your favorite part about appearing on the show?

My favorite part of the show is fairly difficult to define. I enjoyed almost every second of the experience. The adventure and opportunity to learn from professionals who are not out to make a commission and truly care about helping me learn and look good is probably an overall favorite.

I absolutely loved my hair when Ted was finished. After so many years of trying to find something that looked good but always fell short, I was floored when I saw the finished style.

Most challenging?

As mentioned before, I enjoyed almost every second but there were two distinct memories that stand out and make me cringe. I would probably say I am like all other contributors who hated, yes, hated, the 360 mirror and that entire experience. Just typing that up makes me cringe. The second distasteful memory involves my emotional outburst while shopping. I cry when I get mad and while it made for good television, I was and am still, embarrassed by it. Most people say "never let them see you sweat," I stick to "never let them see you cry." It's not pretty, so the fewer people who see me during or after, the better!

If you could give one message to Stacy and Clinton, what would it be?

Thank you. From the bottom of my heart, I will always be thankful for the experience and the wisdom you shared as well as how warm and friendly they were to me. I was able to identify and face some personal sore spots and work past them to become a better person. I left the show with the confidence to stand up and move forward. I knew I had the ability, but having the "total package" gave me the last piece I needed to become more successful. There is nothing I can't do!

I wish you even more success on your future endeavors and hope you will look me up if you are ever in Nashville!

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