Now this thread will be mainly directed towards the women, but men can respond if they've been through similar stuff. My whole life I've been pretty basic when it comes to clothes and hair and makeup etc. I never did anything to myself that was outlandish even though I could have, but I really never cared to though until I started dancing. Now I've dated some pretty amazing men with some pretty amazing jobs, so I never thought of myself as ugly or anything like that. (Well, ok... besides those awkward teenage years that we pretty much all go through of course.) But I never considered myself looking like a model or even thinking like one either until now after being given the compliment that I should submit my pictures to New York City by someone that I don't even know. I realized this week, even though I sort of realized this earlier was that thanks to dance... I am now changing from a woman into a lady, which has ending result of probably to me the highest compliment, that I should be a model, that I could have ever received. What I mean by this is that when you start to take dancing seriously as most of you women probably know, you start to learn things about yourselves not only on the dance floor but personally as well. You start to want to better yourself not only as a person but how you come across towards people both on the inside and on the outside. Dance is changing not only what is in the inside of me, but what is on the outside of me as well and for this I am grateful. I am grateful to have such wonderful people to help me feel confident enough to make me want to change myself. I know that I went from being a sad unhappy broken hearted woman, to a woman that yes is single... but that can actually say she's happy with her life, and I'm also a woman that knows she looks happy towards others on the outside. I also realized this weekend while looking at salon stores in the mall after getting my haircut in the mall is that I would have never considered tanning, or getting my nails and makeup done, or dressing sexier than usual. I would have never done any of these things otherwise. I mean sure I've had people try to get me to do those things before hand, but you have to want to do these things yourself. In fact, my poor x was trying to get me to dress the way I dress now for the longest time. It's nice to know that he knew I had the potential to do so, I just had to want to do it myself. So, my question to you all is how many of you started to change your appearance when you started dance? I know we've had threads that talked about how we have changed personality wise, but this thread is about appearance. I'm curious to know if for instance, you started to buy more sparkly tops, or you started tanning (which most of you have done probably), or you started to wear dresses even. Or for men, you started to shower more lol, or you made sure you were neat and clean before you go to dance. Anything to do with appearance is fine, and yes... the occasional hijack is fine too lol. I understand. Have fun!