the Corner Church in Montrose, is now a mini-celebrity among friends
and known for her snazzy new wardrobe, her short brown hair and her
"It's motivated me to do other things in my life," the waitress
and former theater and film major said.
Griem, 44, is considering getting back into acting and auditioning
Griem, a mother of two, hadn't changed the way she looked in the
past 20 years before volunteering to audition for the show at the
request of a co-worker.
In the show, each candidate allows two close friends and a
professional stylist to raid his or her closet. Each of them creates
a distinct new look for the candidate. The package comes with a
wardrobe and a new hairstyle.
The candidate has to select between one of the three looks. The
suspense lies in the candidate guessing who created the new look.
In Griem's case, her husband and best friend Michelle got to raid
the wardrobe and compete to create a new look.
Although Griem is happy with her new clothes and the experience of
being on the show, there were disappointments -- they threw away some
of her favorite outfits.
One of them was a black skirt, which "went with everything" and
had happy faces sewn down the side.
Her "rock 'n' roll" boots that showed her "Fleetwood Mac wannabe,
bohemian" personality, as her husband describes her, are also gone.
Her husband wanted his wife to get a professional, conservative
look fitting a pastor's wife, Griem said.
"Gina's kind of a free spirit, but her husband wants a more
conservative look," the show's trailers said.
Although he doesn't put a lot of pressure on his wife to change,
Bryan Griem recalled past conventions for ministers where everybody
would be dressed more formally,.
"I had more of a rebellious penchant and dress the way I want to
be," Griem said. "I like kind of vintage-y, eclectic kinds of
clothes, very rich material, velvet and satin -- the funky kind of
With her new wardrobe Griem will continue to be her old self in
spirit but with a new look.
The show, shot in November, will air at 9 p.m. tonight on Style
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