If The Swan's Kelly A. had asked us, we would've told her that she was darn cute even before undergoing nine hours of plastic surgery. No doubt, her longtime boyfriend, Bob, would have agreed. (Had it been up to him, we suspect they would have been intimate more than seven times in three years — the shocking estimate Kelly made on Fox's extreme-makeover show.) But since the 28-year-old stewardess didn't ask us — nobody ever does! — we now have a few questions for her, starting with...
TV Guide Online: Has your personality changed to match your new Marilyn Monroe look?
Kelly: Yes! I'm a completely different person. I'm so confident and happy. I feel as if everything finally came together for me. I smile a lot now. Three months has completely changed my entire life.
TVGO: Yet you were barely out of recovery before you wanted to give up. What happened there? You take your eyes off the prize?
Kelly: We didn't even know what any of the prizes were. We still don't!
TVGO: Um, no. I meant the prize that is your metamorphosis.
Kelly: Oh. Well, they say that depression is common after something like that. I think the combination of being homesick and going through all that got to me. I was ready to throw the towel in, but I decided that I wanted to fight and change my life, so I hung in there.
TVGO: It seems like a lot to go through to be pretty, especially since you already had a handsome fellow who thought you were.
Kelly: Yeah, Bob is great. He obviously didn't think that I needed to do this, but he knew that I was lacking confidence and self-esteem, and he supports me in anything. But now, he can tell that I've completely changed personalitywise and self-confidencewise. I think [my makeover] is going to be the best thing that's ever happened to both of us.
TVGO: Especially if it means you've increased your shagging average from, like, never to at least occasionally. Seriously, are you two making up for lost time?
Kelly: No, I'm still in the program, so we have a lot of making up to do! (Laughs) I think it's probably going to be great. I have a lot to look forward to. He's really excited!
TVGO: I'll bet. So, if another girl who didn't think she was as cute as she really was asked your advice on plastic surgery, what would you tell her?
Kelly: I would say that you need to work internally in order for everything on the external side to be just right. They could have fixed me on the outside and not dealt with anything that I was feeling, and I would probably be the same unhappy person, regardless of everything that was done to [my body]. With the therapy, I knew, before the curtain opened [and I saw my "new" self], that I was beautiful. And that was the whole reason I came here.
TVGO: If that's the case, then you could have accomplished that goal through therapy alone, couldn't you?
Kelly: You know, I probably could have. But I got the extra bonus of being able to fix everything I always wanted to fix [about myself]. I believe that if there's something you want to change about yourself and you have the opportunity to do it, you should go for it.