Inside Ashley Graham’s incredible ‘Undercover Boss’ transformation

Inside Ashley Graham’s incredible ‘Undercover Boss’ transformation

Ashley Graham has gone from cowl woman to undercover woman.

The famend plus-size mannequin is unrecognizable with crimson hair, a prosthetic nostril, double chin and facial piercings in a disguise cooked up for Friday night time’s episode of “Undercover Boss: Superstar Version.”


Graham’s transformation allowed her to go incognito within the cut-throat modeling world as an aspiring runway star named “Morgan” for the reality-TV present — and it was so profitable that she was turned away from an open casting name.

The magicians behind Graham’s new look say reworking her internationally well-known face into that of an unrecognizable stranger was no small process.

“Ashley could be very stunning, and the straightforward highway to go down could be to make her much less fairly, however you don’t at all times must make somebody ugly, frumpy or outdated to disguise them,” Shelby Michael Patton, the present’s head make-up artist, advised The Put up.

“We actually wish to make everybody appear like real looking human beings you’d see strolling down the road — nothing too over-the-top or over-caricatured.”

Patton and her crew — who’ve beforehand created undercover alter egos for sports activities star Deion Sanders, singer Jewel and Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas — first needed to slather the brunette bombshell’s face in three layers of silicone rubber for greater than an hour to create a mould for her new mug.

Every day of filming, the artists spent 2¹/₂ gluing a brand new nostril, brow, cheeks and different appendages onto Graham’s face, sticking the whole lot down with medical-grade adhesive, then making use of pigments and common make-up to make all of it look actual.

“It goes collectively like a sandwich,” Patton stated of the masks.

The prosthetics aren’t reusable, so a brand new set needed to be reapplied each morning.

“Morgan’s” look was topped off with a customized crimson wig and bangs, made out of actual human hair.

A make-up artist stayed close by throughout filming simply in case something went askew.

“We use very robust glue, so the prosthetic nostril is rarely going to only fall off like a vaudeville routine,” Patton stated.

“Ashley filmed her episode in Miami in the course of the wet season and it was extremely humid. Sustaining the make-up was extremely difficult underneath these circumstances.

“[The stars] usually need to be away from us for a number of hours interacting with anyone and we hope the make-up is OK.

“If there’s an emergency — if the wig begins to look humorous or the sides begin to look bizarre — we’ll give you some excuse to take away that particular person, take them to a non-public space and contact up their face.”

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