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Husband nearly breaks down in tears over wife's 'gorgeous' makeover


A doting husband was overcome with emotion when he caught sight of his wife’s incredible head to toe transformation ahead of their 20th wedding anniversary.

Holly Manke, 50, from Richmond, Virginia, was one of two women plucked from the crowd in the Today show plaza for an ambush makeover on Thursday, and it couldn’t have been better timing. 

So far this year, Holly has turned 50, watched her son graduate high school, and now she and her husband, Shane, are gearing up to celebrate 20 years of marriage. 

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Then and wow! Holly Manke, 50, from Richmond, Virginia, received an ambush makeover on the Today show on Thursday

Then and wow! Holly Manke, 50, from Richmond, Virginia, received an ambush makeover on the Today show on Thursday

Then and wow! Holly Manke, 50, from Richmond, Virginia, received an ambush makeover on the Today show on Thursday 

Look of love: Holly's husband, Shane, was overcome with emotion when he saw her makeover

Look of love: Holly’s husband, Shane, was overcome with emotion when he saw her makeover

‘I want to cut my hair,’ Holly told Today fashion correspondent Jill Martin. ‘I just want to feel better and look better.’

She told her husband that being chosen for an ambush makeover was the only thing she wanted during their trip to New York, and he was thrilled that her wish came true.   

‘It’s gonna make her happy, so that’s all I want,’ he explained. 

Shane was blindfolded when Holly strut on stage, but he was at a loss for words when he removed his eye mask and saw her new look for the first time.

Aww! Before her makeover, Shane said he wanted this for her because he knew it would make her happy 

Aww! Before her makeover, Shane said he wanted this for her because he knew it would make her happy 

Stunned: Shane gushed that his wife looked 'gorgeous' when he saw her transformation

Stunned: Shane gushed that his wife looked 'gorgeous' when he saw her transformation

Stunned: Shane gushed that his wife looked ‘gorgeous’ when he saw her transformation

‘Wow,’ he said. 

When Holly turned around to look at herself in the mirror, she was just as shocked. 

‘Oh my God, I can’t believe it,’ she said. 

Holly’s once long wavy hair was styled in a sleek bob, and celebrity hairstylist Louis Licari explained that fine hair should be ‘cut rather simply to make it appear as thick as possible.’

‘I took away her gray hair, which made a substantial difference,’ he added.

Surprise: 'Oh my God, I can't believe it,' Holly said when she looked at herself in the mirror 

Surprise: ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe it,’ Holly said when she looked at herself in the mirror 

Beautiful: Holly's once long wavy hair was cut into a sleek bob and dyed a flattering shade of blonde

Beautiful: Holly's once long wavy hair was cut into a sleek bob and dyed a flattering shade of blonde

Beautiful: Holly’s once long wavy hair was cut into a sleek bob and dyed a flattering shade of blonde

Helping hand: Shane was so overcome with emotion that Today host Kathie Lee Gifford requested some tissues for him

Helping hand: Shane was so overcome with emotion that Today host Kathie Lee Gifford requested some tissues for him

Jill dressed Holly in a chic black top, a white sleeveless vest, and dark jeans. She topped off the look with a statement necklace and heels.  

When asked what he thought of his wife’s new look, Shane said she is ‘gorgeous,’ and he was so overcome with emotion that Today host Kathie Lee Gifford requested some tissues for him. 

Susan Cooper, 50, from Willows, California, also received a makeover on Thursday’s show, and the grandmother-of-three admitted she hadn’t changed her hairstyle in 15 years.  

‘I am excited; I’m nervous. Ugh, I don’t even know what to think,’ she told Jill. ‘I am so surprised.’

Before and after: Susan Cooper, 50, from Willows, California, also received a makeover on Thursday's show

Before and after: Susan Cooper, 50, from Willows, California, also received a makeover on Thursday's show

Before and after: Susan Cooper, 50, from Willows, California, also received a makeover on Thursday’s show

All together: Susan's aunt, mother, and husband were in the studio to support her 

All together: Susan’s aunt, mother, and husband were in the studio to support her 

Stunned: 'I can't believe that's me,' Susan said when she checked out her makeover in the mirror for the first time

Stunned: ‘I can’t believe that’s me,’ Susan said when she checked out her makeover in the mirror for the first time

Susan was joined by her husband, Mike; her mother, Diana; and her aunt, Debbie, and she couldn’t wait to see their reactions to her new look.

She had a bright smile on her face as she walked on stage in a flattering red dress that was nipped at the waist. 

When her family members removed their blindfolds, they were stunned by her transformation.

‘Oh my gosh, you look gorgeous,’ her mother gushed.

Susan was just as surprised when she turned around to look at herself in the mirror.

All smiles: Susan's long curly hair was cut into a sleek bob with bangs, and it was dyed a warm brown

All smiles: Susan's long curly hair was cut into a sleek bob with bangs, and it was dyed a warm brown

All smiles: Susan’s long curly hair was cut into a sleek bob with bangs, and it was dyed a warm brown 

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‘I can’t believe that’s me,’ she admitted. 

Her long curly hair was cut into a sleek bob with bangs, and Louis warmed up her hair color. 

The hairstylist explained that Susan was coloring her hair red and giving herself highlights that were so light they were coming out white. 

He opted to dye her hair a soft brown and add some highlights around her face to make her eyes pop.

Jill, meanwhile, dressed Susan in a short-sleeve, A-line dress, which cinched at the waist with a thick black belt.

The stylist topped off the look with black tights and a pair of patent leather pumps.  



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