Anyone who's seen Ali Fedotowsky lately, she of the "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" franchise, knows that the reality star has undergone a glamazon makeover, replacing her beloved Converse for heels and testing out low necklines and statement accessories.
So just how far has Ali come since her "Bachelorette" days? And who helped her behind-the-scenes to dress up for all those Rose Ceremonies? We sat down with our favorite "Bachelorette" alum to talk about her biggest on-screen faux pas, her giant Neil Lane ring and which cast member got his own makeup artist (while she didn't get anyone at all...).
The Huffington Post: How do you think current "Bachelorette" Emily Maynard’s clothes have been? Given that you’ve gotten dressed for all those dates, did your own makeup…
Ali Fedotowsky: OK, so I had the worst style when I was the Bachelorette. Seriously, I look back, oh my God... especially night one, I look back and I’m like, what was I thinking? That dress was so unflattering. It was black. I was literally doing this all night [presses her arms into her sides], like scrunching in my arms. I was freezing and I was nervous and you know how unflattering that is for your arms?
And my hair was yellow. It wasn’t blonde. No, no, no, no -- blonde is beautiful. It was yellow. Anyway, Emily is blowing me out of the water in terms of fashion. She has a great fashion sense and her body is just, like, insane.
HuffPost: I know, and for a mom!
AF: I know, right? Like what the hell? Like come on, is Ricki really your daughter? [Laughs.]
HuffPost: Did you get a lot of guidance on what you should look like and how you should be dressing when you were the Bachelorette?
AF: Yes, there’s a stylist for the show. But I was super tomboy before I went onto the show. I didn’t get fashion. So even if the stylist was like, “Wear this,” I would have been like, “No, I’m going to put Chucks on instead of heels.” That’s just who I am. I didn’t get fashion at all but I would at least change things.
HuffPost: Did you get to keep a lot of the clothes that you wore?
AF: You know, I actually think that [former Bachelorettes] Jillian and Ashley kept almost all their clothes, and it’s because they asked — I never asked. I have a couple things, like a few of the jeans, obviously. I don’t have any of the shoes, I don’t think. I have my final rose ceremony dress -- that I got to keep, obviously. But no, not really.
HuffPost: Did you take away any makeup or hair tips from people who were helping you along? Were there professionals who were helping you behind the scenes?
AF: I did all my own makeup, except for the Rose Ceremonies. But you can get a makeup person like Chris Harrison’s makeup person — sorry Chris, just outted you! — and they'll do it for you whenever you want. But you don’t have your own or anything like that. Gina, who is Chris’s girl, she’s awesome. She actually is the one that introduced me to fake eyelashes and now I’m obsessed with eyelashes. So yeah, I definitely picked up my fake eyelash obsession from Gina on “The Bachelorette.”
AF: I have it. My best friends in San Jose have it in a safe. That’s where it is.
HuffPost: Neil Lane doesn’t take it back?
AF: No, he didn’t! And this is the thing: besides the couples that have gotten married from the show — Jason and Molly, Trista and Ryan — Roberto and I had the longest relationship out of any of the couples so far. That ring is more to me than just a ring. It’s not about the money -- I don’t ever plan on wearing it again. It means something, you know? I honestly have no idea what’s going to happen to it…I know I’m not ready to give it to anybody. I mean, at this point it’s mine anyway -- after two years, it’s mine.
For a look at Emily Maynard's impressive fashion, see her best looks from her "Bachelor" season: