While some say appearances don’t matter, for Simon Cowell, they can make all the difference. First impressions can have a lasting impact, and even in the world of entertainment, how you present yourself can be crucial to success. For Samantha Lavery, a 17-year-old auditioning for “The X Factor UK,” her choice of makeup and clothing initially led to rejection and tears.
After being given a second chance with a Wild Card from Simon, Samantha returned for her audition in heavy makeup and high heels once again. But Simon was unimpressed and urged her to remove the mask, wanting to see the real Samantha.
After re-rehearsing and returning to the stage with a more natural look, the judges were taken aback by her transformation and blown away by her talent.
While makeup and appearance may not change who you are, studies have shown that feeling confident in your appearance can lead to better performance. Samantha’s story is a reminder that sometimes, the truest version of ourselves is the one without the mask. Click the link below to see Samantha’s amazing transformation and stunning performance on “The X Factor UK.”