Melissa Leong debuted a dramatic new look at the NGV Gala which apparently left more than a few people confused about who she was.
The Dessert Masters judge hit the red carpet with a new short blonde do – and shared pics of her hairstyle on Instagram.
“The vision for this year’s NGV gala: bigger, bolder, blonder. The transformation was epic. This whole incognito thing was a walk on the wild side!” She captioned the photo.
Melissa’s friend Samuel Gordon commented on the picture saying that he saw her, but didn’t recognise her, to which she responded: “So many double takes, I felt like I was at the supermarket!”
The TV host credited her transformation to hairdresser Ben Dniprowskij who explained how he created her new look.
“I used @mrsmithhair exclusively for Mel’s hair: Spray hair with sea salt spray, apply a generous amount of Foundation and serum while scrunching and let air dry. Finish off with Texturiser. (Pre styling I also used peach blonde to warm the colour up a bit),” he wrote on Instagram.
Melissa Leong’s new look got a lot of attention on social media
Mel’s followers were here for her new look and flooded the comments section of her Instagram with compliments.
“Stunning Mel! I love it all,” one wrote. Another commented: “Oh myyy! 😍 you look incredible!”
Dessert Masters contestants Anna Polyviou and Kirsten Tibballs both jumped in on the action too.
“Wow @bendniprowskij can I have a Mel please 🙏,” Kirsten wrote, while Anna posted five flame emojis.
What is the NGV Gala?
The NGV Gala has been dubbed Australia’s answer to the Met Gala. It’s a black-tie event that celebrates art, fashion, performance and fine food. It marks the opening of its blockbuster summer exhibition, the NGV Triennial 2023.
The event attracted some big names including Liam Hemsworth, Gabriella Brooks, Elvis star Olivia DeJonge, models Bambi Northwood-Blythe, Jessica Gomes, Charlee Fraser, and, of course, Melissa Leong.
It was held at the National Gallery of Victoria on Saturday, December 2nd.
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