A Northern Irish beauty queen undertakes a more minimal make-up routine before a series of dates to see if she can find a connection that is more than skin deep.
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Beauty queens. They've been crowned the most beautiful women in the country.
I am obsessed with beauty pageants.
Self-confessed super fan of beauty pageants.
I'd like to be treated like a princess,
and I don't mean that in a diva way, but if the crown fits...
If I was going to a big Saturday night out,
I would start getting ready during the week.
I think every girl should be high maintenance, and I am very much
high maintenance, and I like the fact that I am.
I like to look nice.
I wouldn't say I'm high maintenance,
I would rather use the word "particular".
I think it's a very intelligent thing
for a woman to know what she has and use it to her advantage.
You know...I don't see why not.
But they all share one thing in common.
-Very much single.
-I'm completely single.
Because it's hard to find love when you're a beauty queen.
My love life is just disastrous.
He'd a photo of me on his Snapchat to get his ex-girlfriend back.
-You're putting yourself up there for every type of judgment.
But what would happen if we stripped their beauty queen image away?
You're expected to look a certain way.
I do see my make-up as like a mask.
You do hide behind it, I think.
Each episode, one of our beauty queens will go undercover
in a unique dating experiment.
Five dates, five different guys, and no make-up.
Each guy has been specially matched to her.
Before you get excited, I don't have any land.
But she can only take one to dinner.
So that's what a relationship is to you, a life sentence?
Will stripping away the mask help her find the man of her dreams?
-See you again.
I knew it! I knew it!
Or is she destined to remain...
My name is Simon. I'm a hair stylist in Belfast.
Going to your hairdresser and having a rant can sometimes be
the most therapeutic thing you can do in a day.
I just come here and do the hair.
How are you doing?
My name's Gemma Garrett,
I'm 34 years old,
and I was Miss Great Britain in 2008.
My love life is just disastrous at the minute.
I always seem to fall for the wrong kind of guy,
and recently I have...
been attracting guys who would be
kind of impressed with the beauty queen status.
As soon as people find out you're a former Miss Great Britain
or whatever, everyone has an opinion on that and everyone is judging you.
-You're putting yourself up there for every type of judgment.
And it's not only the guy, then they have to think of their family,
how they're going to judge that person who they're going out with.
I think it's just a certain kind of guy who would be impressed by that.
I started dating a guy a few years ago and he got in contact with me
via social media, so it was all my pictures, all my modelling stuff.
When we got into a relationship,
he started to really resent me still doing that,
and I said, "But you knew what you were getting involved in."
That's what broke us up in the end.
I don't think you should dull your sparkle just because someone else
can't handle the shine. I'm just saying.
Yeah, went on a first date recently.
Now, he picked me up at the house, all was good, he was dressed well.
He then didn't speak to me once we got into the cinema.
He took a photo of me and I was like, "What are you doing?"
He had a photo of me on his Snapchat to get his ex-girlfriend back.
It was like, "I have just been on a date with former Miss Northern Ireland."
I'd never tolerate a man like that. I would just tell him where to go.
We all sound so bitter and damaged!
I'm quite happy with being single and I don't want to portray that
I want to be single, but I'm quite happy in my life
and I think that's a good place to start.
The guy is going to have to be pretty special
to come in and change that for me.
He has to be funny, he can't take himself too serious,
he can't take life too serious, and yeah,
a guy like that would be perfect.
I'm going to be going on a few dates.
If I was going on a date normally, I would definitely have make-up on.
The only difference is, I'm not going as a former Miss Great Britain,
-I'm going to be stripped back...
-You versus the world?
Five dates, five different guys, and no make-up.
So, exciting, but very scary.
-Are you ready?
-I think so.
Let's do it.
If I had been going on a date five years ago and someone said,
"You can't wear any make-up," I mean, I would have had a meltdown.
In there, please.
She's a strong, confident woman,
and this is part of the process to, you know,
re-establish herself away from the title of
Miss Great Britain and solely as Gemma Garrett.
I've been wearing make-up for so long, like,
I started modelling when I was 17, which was...
a really long time ago, so I'm just used to it.
It's horrendous when you see you how mu...
how much you put on.
You know, sometimes I would be out, you know...
My mum would say, "Oh, you know,"
and she would mention the Miss Great Britain years,
and if I don't have my make-up on, I'm, like, traumatised.
I'm like, "Mum, don't do that when I'm not actually in...
"Miss Great Britain mode."
The only saving grace is that he's not expecting a beauty queen.
You know, I just feel like my eyes are lost now, completely lost.
Sitting next to someone, having dinner, on a date,
or even having a drink, I mean... I hope this place is dark.
I hope it's dark!
-I think you look beautiful.
-Oh, thank you, Simon.
I don't, but thanks.
-Here you are, my dear. Come through here.
Are you ready, girls? Here she is.
-Oh, wow, look at you. You look gorgeous.
-So, that's it, ready to go?
-Thank you so much, Simon.
Thanks for everything. Wish me luck.
-Have a good time.
-See you later.
Oh, she looks beautiful.
-So, what do you think?
She's stunning without make-up, like, her face, her skin's gorgeous.
Do you think you guys would be as keen to do it if it was your turn?
I would be...very self-conscious, I think I would actually cry.
'If they see you at your worst, you know,
'they will absolutely adore you at your best.'
I'm actually getting sweaty palms thinking about it.
I think he looks like a really nice person.
-I don't know. How do you look like a nice person?
-He's got a bit of a smile.
-Oh, that swagger, though.
-That's what I said.
-He's just walking in like he owns the joint,
I feel he's going to throw his blazer over his shoulder,
do a little catwalk or something for us. What's he doing?
-Hi, how do you do?
-Hi, I'm Gemma. Nice to meet you.
-Nice to meet you, Mark.
-How are you?
-I'm all right. A bit numb, a bit numb.
-A bit numb?
-Oh, but numb's good. Numb's good.
-Comfortably numb, as they say.
I just finished a triathlon, so I'm a bit sweaty.
Good time, I done a good time.
"I just finished a triathlon."
You wouldn't tell someone you're sweating the first time you've met
-That's too far.
-Anyway, I think we'll give him a bit more of a chance.
-Oh, dear God.
-The wee matching...
Oh, he's making an effort.
See, I like that. He's trying his best, clearly, like.
I think he looks nice.
-I think he looks nice.
-I think he does, too.
-Hi! How are you?
-I'm Gemma. Nice to meet you.
-Gemma. Lloyd. Nice to meet you.
-Are you keeping well?
'I bet you he's really lovely,'
that's my first impression. He seems...
He seems kind because he's been brought up well by his mummy.
-A wee drink just to help you relax at all, bud?
-Just water'll be fine, please.
-Do you not drink?
-Actually, I'll have a red wine, I've changed my mind.
-It's not that bad, is it?
-Won't be after a drink of wine.
He looks like the sort of person I would picture Gemma with.
He has nice eyes. I love those blue eyes.
He's not giving much away game, is he? He looks real poker face.
Crack a smile, Justin, like, come on!
-Oh, my goodness, how are you?
Yeah, she definitely knows him. She knows him.
-She knows him.
-How are you, Justin?
-Not too bad, how are you?
-Not too bad.
I think it would be hilarious if she'd been on a date with him
before and never text him back. It's like, "Whoa, you!"
-What's your second name?
-I was going to say Gemma Garrett.
Tell me a wee bit about... What do you do? Apart from triathlons.
-That's only in my spare time. I'm a welder.
-What is a welder?
What is a welder, though?
-I pictured, like, Flashdance.
He's this guy and he comes in the factory...
-Do you wear one of those...?
-And he saves the world. Yeah. Like Flashdance.
-I said Flashdance!
-And I usually take my overalls off.
Only on a Friday, only on a Friday.
Right, I'll maybe call down on a Friday, then.
-So, yeah, you're single, hopefully?
-No, I am single.
-So tell me a wee bit about you.
-I'm a pretty normal guy, I like to think.
-Are you from Belfast?
I'm from Omagh, I live and work in Belfast, I work on property in town,
-And you said Omagh?
-Omagh, yeah, I'm a big culchie, yeah.
That explains the checked shirt, then, doesn't it?
-Hence the checked shirt.
Before you get excited, I don't have any land.
-Right, this date's finished.
-What age are you?
-Come 30 in a few months' time, so...
So a wee youngster.
You've still got plenty of time.
I could be your toy boy.
-He looks really old.
-He reminds me of my daddy.
He looks too old, yeah. He looks nice, but he just looks too old
-for her, I think.
-He's got style.
-Is he 60?!
Oh, a little sugar daddy, there, I think.
-Hello, how are you?
-Hi, how are you? I'm Gemma.
-Nice to meet you, Paul.
-Are you well?
-Yes, very well.
He presents himself a lot better.
-That's an older man...
-But he's too old for Gemma.
-Well, I don't know.
Did you have a nice weekend?
I was actually down with my kids, down in Dublin.
-Oh, he's a lovely accent.
And he put it straightforward there, "I have kids."
-So she knows.
-And what do you do?
When somebody dies, when they want to share memories about them,
either through the newspapers or the funeral directors,
they put them online and then we just make sure
people don't say bad things about them on the internet.
I have never heard of this before in my life.
-Can you manage my social media?
-Yeah, that depends!
Do people say bad things about you? That's the whole thing.
I think if he was slightly younger, he would be perfect for Gemma.
A large check print shirt on.
-What is wrong with guys?
-Why do they not look in the mirror?
-Hiya, how are you, are you OK?
-Hi, how are you?
-I'm Andy, Gemma. Nice to meet you.
A little kiss on the hand, how charming.
-No, I don't know about that, like.
-How you doing?
-Have a wee seat.
-I'm so sorry, what's your name again?
-Sorry, my name's Andy.
-And do you live in Belfast?
-I live in Belfast.
-Oh, right, OK.
-So I'm originally from Manchester.
Also, when I was younger, I moved up to Newcastle in England.
-Oh, I work there sometimes.
-Yeah? It's probably why you like it, yeah?
Gemma's downing that wine, like,
"Just hurry up and get this over with."
-There's just no spark, I don't think.
-Yeah, there's nothing in this one whatsoever.
It's just another job interview.
What are you looking for?
I'm at that stage in life where I'm trying to find, you know...
-The one, yeah. But I am very, very picky, like, so...
A lot of boxes have to be ticked.
I had a long...relationship, I was in a relationship for 18 years.
-God, that is, that's like a life sentence.
So that's what a relationship is to you, a life sentence?
No, it's just something my dad would say, I'm turning into him, oh, God!
You know, what I'm looking for, it's the Holy Grail.
He's quite cocky, isn't he?
He is a bit too, like, full of himself, like...
-Then I'm thinking, though, does he maybe just not know to react on a date?
-I think that as well.
-That's what I feel like, if I go on a date, I don't even know what to do.
-Why are you single?
-Oh, dear. These are pressing questions here.
-I seem as if I'm like interviewing you,
-but I don't mean to.
-My palms are starting to get sweaty.
There's more chemistry between these two then there has been with any one else.
Well, I'd like somebody to maybe mirror myself a little.
Oh, my goodness! Is he for real?
Someone who actually has dreams and aspirations
and wants to run towards those.
I'm five years divorced, now, so it's more a matter of...
I guess I wait and see, see what comes along.
I enjoy having a bit of craic...
The fun stuff as opposed to the other stuff.
-Just in case.
-I wouldn't be into that.
-Yeah, yeah, no, no.
-Turn my nose up at that.
-I didn't get that for a second.
Yeah, now I get it, yeah.
I'd like someone who's a bit of fun, you know, who's a bit of a laugh,
doesn't take life too seriously.
Oh, my God!
Gemma doesn't take life too seriously.
I definitely don't take life too serious.
-Well, I don't think I do, anyway.
I'm sure someone will tell you if you do!
Yeah. How old are you, if you don't mind me asking?
-I don't mind you asking at all. I'm 41.
-41. You don't look 41.
-What do you use on your skin?
No, seriously, that's a serious question.
It's from not having children.
Oh! Is he going to try and say that I look ancient because I've got two kids!
You're so right. So many of my friends who don't have children just look so young.
I'm going to tell you the truth, now, if I'm going to be honest.
-Please tell me the truth, I like the truth.
-I find the majority of girls fall into two categories.
They either want the bad boy, or they want the sensible boy next door.
-I think that's quite true.
-I think that's quite true as well.
I like Tom Hardy, I like the bad one.
And I kind of fit somewhere in between them, you know.
I'm kind of none of those things.
I'm not one for a convention. A lot of my friends are all...
"I'm 30, I need to get married," and that's not really my thing,
you get married when you feel the time's right, so...
I'm making sure I run me race, have a good time.
-And when the time comes to cool the jets a bit,
-I think I will maybe...
Float your boat, do whatever you want, like, all guys do that.
That would be my answer as well,
I would say, "I haven't found anyone that I want to settle down with,
"and I'll happy go on dates until I find the right person."
There's no point rushing into it, I like this guy.
They have to be very attractive, so...
-I'm being very shallow there, but I do think...
-There has to be a spark.
Yeah. Absolutely, so...
Do you know what, there's so much I want to just say about him,
that he just needs a slap across the face.
But I'm... I am happy enough to sort of wait,
-and just see what happens...
-See what happens, yeah.
Justin, I knew, and he knew me,
and he's a very, very good looking boy...
Any guy who wouldn't want to date Gemma would be a fool.
..but it would just be too weird.
He probably can tell that she is not, well, in my opinion,
not interested whatsoever.
She knows what he's like, it seems like that.
And there is, like, no chemistry there.
I didn't think there would ever be a romantic connection,
so that would be a bit of a shock if she did pick me.
He's very gorgeous,
but, er, no.
Would you say you're fussy?
-That's good and bad.
-That was a delayed response.
Well, they say you usually find it when you're not looking for it.
Everyone says that, but I haven't been looking for it
for a long time, haven't found anyone.
# And you still haven't found what... #
Exactly, that could be our theme tune.
-I like him.
-I like that.
I liked him, I think he's a little cheeky,
a little bit of a charmer and he's trying hard,
like, maybe trying a bit too hard.
I do a bit of sailing.
I have a share of a boat in Lough Neagh,
but I hardly ever get out on it at all.
I don't know how to sail at all,
but I like to sit on a boat and have some drinks.
-Yes, that is the attractive bit!
No, Gemma would have fun with this guy.
-Yeah, I think so.
No, I enjoy that too, that is...
That is very nice to be able to do that.
I've always wanted to work in Germany.
-For reasons I still don't know.
He says, "Well, they're looking for welders in Germany, so..."
-And that was it?
-And that was it.
What would you have said if he'd have said
they're looking for ladyboys in Bangkok?
She's just calling him out, isn't she?
Do you like animals?
I have two dogs that come with the kids every seven days.
-And how do you feel about that?
-I'm feeling a negative vibe, there.
-No, no, no.
I do call them Shit and Shite, but...
but that's not their real name, right.
I'm so happy that's not their real name.
-They're called Brandy and Bailey, so they're...
-My dogs are named after drinks.
-Oh, yours are what, vodka and gin?
Well, Buddy, but he was supposed to be, like, Budweiser.
-So, Buddy and Stella.
-I like dogs actually.
-You like dogs?
I'm really wary about anyone who doesn't like dogs.
I did just say that because you said you've got two dogs.
I do a wee bit of work for Newcastle United football club.
Stop it! Seriously? I'm a big Toon Army fan, yeah.
Oh, my God, here we go.
-Oh, no! Really?
-I know, but guys like football.
-You'll never guess what match I went to see.
When they beat Barcelona, 3-2.
I know that he is a person, and he's a human being, but...
it would be switch off for me, it would be like, "Mate, I'm bored."
Andy was so lovely,
he had these wee sparkling eyes that just showed he was a good person.
I mean, I literally at one stage wanted to set up
and just give him a wee cuddle.
-I think that was a nice little...
-Chilled date, yeah.
When she greeted me, I just felt comfortable with her, straightaway.
Romantically, I just can't see a big spark there between us, at all.
I don't think the chance of her choosing me are great.
If he wanted to be my friend and go out for cocktails, definitely, yes,
but for dating, it's a no.
-So you're a model?
-I am a former model.
-Miss Northern Ireland?
-No, everyone says Miss Northern Ireland,
-I was Miss Great Britain.
-Miss Great Britain?
-Ooh! I do apologise.
-And you're from Bangor?
Oh, my God. He thinks that she's someone else!
-This is a bit creepy.
-Does he think she's Zoe Salmon?
-Oh, my God.
-That is who he thinks.
Oh, my God!
See, if he said that to me, I would be out the door.
I would say I'm away to the toilet and not come back.
Will you excuse me one moment, I'm going to go to the ladies.
OK, no worries.
I knew it was going to be a bit of a challenge for me
to go on a date without make-up
but actually being in a bar and being on a date,
it's slightly uncomfortable,
but once I start to get into the date and into the chat,
you kind of forget about it.
And I feel as if I'm really being, like, the real Gemma.
-Sorry about that.
So were you joking me about the triathlon?
Cos I'm really interested in that.
I feel awkward for him right now because he didn't do it.
Yeah, I know, exactly.
I would love to try one, but I can't swim, so it's out.
-Aye, me too.
-I can't swim. I'm the worst swimmer in the world.
I just... I just sink.
I just sink to the bottom. I'm no good. No good at all.
Mark was funny. You could go out for a few drinks with Mark,
and you would be guaranteed a very, very good time and lots of laughs.
-That wasn't too bad.
-I don't think there's a spark,
but I think he's been very sweet.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, there was a bit of craic.
I think it was more her cos I was pretty nervous.
I am quite confident, but when I see someone is nervous,
then that makes me nervous.
Then he knew who I was,
and I felt as if I was on show as a beauty queen.
It was a bit uncomfortable.
Pretty slim that she's going to choose me for a second date,
but sure, it might be 50/50.
It's a no for Mark.
I'm from the country originally,
and I like to think I'm quite straightforward,
straight to the point, just no frills.
Divas aren't really for me.
Like, what girl isn't a diva?
I'm sure at some stage his mum was a diva, so...
-I don't really think I'm a diva, do you?
-Oh, my God!
-Do you fall into that bracket?
You tell me afterwards.
When you say normal,
what about someone who has, like, a glamorous lifestyle?
-No, no, that's cool.
-Does it put you off?
No, not at all. Not at all.
-Yeah, some girls are a bit bonkers, let's be honest.
-He's talking about you.
He's talking about himself.
Orlaith is just a wee bit bonkers.
-You have family?
-I do have four kids.
-I have twins who are 16,
a daughter, 14, and another daughter who's 12.
Yeah, well, I have them every seven days.
So I have seven days when I do my travel and work and stuff,
and the other seven days they are with me.
He seems quite honest.
-Putting his cards are on the table, I think.
So they have to suffer my cooking for those seven days.
I don't cook either, so don't worry.
-Are you big on social media?
Are you a big Twitterer, then, are you?
Big on Twitter,
big on Instagram, big on Facebook.
Selfie, mad on selfies?
Yes. Well, definitely there's a few selfies in there, of course.
-Just a couple, Gemma?
-Partial to a selfie.
And if you don't mind me asking, how old are you?
-50s. Oh, OK.
-That's not bad.
I mean, you could have more children if you really wanted.
-Oh, thinking about kids are we, already?
All I need... I'm just missing a partner, that's all.
So the last two were Lloyd and Paul.
The problem is, the two people are so different.
One is the youngest of the group,
and the other one is the oldest of the group,
so I really haven't made my mind up, and that's the honest truth.
I didn't think it was going to be this difficult.
Lloyd was very, very good looking.
-'I liked Lloyd.
-I like Lloyd.
-I liked that she fancies him.'
-I do, yeah, I like him.
-I can see why she would find him good looking.
-He's charming and he's a cheeky chappie, like, nice.
I'd say there was a few laughs,
she seemed quite engaging,
so, yeah, hopefully there was a bit of mutual interest.
He had no idea who I was,
he was saying all the right things,
he doesn't like social media,
he wants a normal girl,
and I felt myself being a little bit nervous.
He is so normal and he just seems like a really nice guy.
Watching it, I fancy him a wee bit.
I think he's a wee kitten.
Apparently, you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover,
but, yeah, she's quite attractive, I must say.
Paul, I would say - and this just comes with age -
was very, very confident,
was a gentleman.
I think that brings out a mature side of her, even, as well.
They can have an intelligent conversation.
They definitely had a lot more in common, even their lifestyle
and stuff, I think they would get on a lot better.
She's a very attractive lady and easy to talk to.
And he was a lovely guy.
He was, and I think we have the same sort of core beliefs.
Even on an intellectual level, they seemed to get on really well.
-I just can't see them two walking into a room together.
-Oh, no, you see, I can.
-I can, as well, yeah.
-I couldn't imagine it.
-I think Gemma needs someone like that.
I think I'm a bit old in real terms, but you never know.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
He's older than me,
and he's probably set in his ways the way that I am already.
I don't know how well I would adjust to someone like that.
I told you.
So, the final two.
I really, really like them both and they're so different,
but I think that I would like to go on a date...
Yes, I got it. I knew it!
-I knew it!
I was thinking Lloyd.
I think the fact that he is a gentleman,
I know that our generation, I think they've lost that charm.
I think Paul because he knows what he wants in life,
he has lived a bit,
he's very knowledgeable,
he doesn't strike me that he would be jealous
or in any way intimidated by my career
and what I do at the minute.
I just thought he was a gentleman, as well,
and it would be nice to go on a proper date.
Being completely barefaced
just with a black dress on and hair tied back,
I still felt a little insecure,
but it kind of worked for the dates.
He's seen you plain, now it's time for him to see the other side,
-so it's a bit of both.
-And it's the wow factor.
It's the, "Oh, my God!"
I love how they connected so well, though,
and she felt so at ease with him
even though she didn't have all the make-up on.
It's nice to get dressed up and go out,
so I think she should go all-glam.
THEY GASP She looks gorgeous.
-She went for a little bit of both.
-She didn't glam it up in a dress.
I thought she would have done the dress.
Yes, she looks gorgeous.
-She looks lovely.
-She just looks completely at ease with herself.
It's really nice to see her like that.
-Good to see you.
-How are you doing?
-How are you?
-Very well, yes.
-This is a surprise.
-Yes, it is.
-A nice surprise?
-Yes, of course.
Without being too cliche,
I mean, this show has completely changed me,
and if it's possible, made me more confident without the mask.
You can tell me more about this business because I'm still baffled.
-It's a really morbid subject, though.
-It's going to be a great night.
I keep on saying I'm an independent woman,
but then I'm trying to hide behind a mask,
and it just doesn't make sense, it doesn't add up,
and, you know, I want make-up to be for me, not for men.
I have had the best experience.
I thought Paul was great, and I've just had fun,
and that's the main thing. Isn't that what it's about?
-Do you want some fries?
I try to be good on fries.
How good are you because this could affect the next date.
-If you want to go on one, by the way.
-Look at you jumping in there.
Oh, there's a lot to like about Gemma.
I mean, first of all, she's very beautiful
and just, you know, it was good chat.
It wasn't hard to talk to her at all.
She was just good company.
Yes, I like her.
But did you notice that she wasn't wearing any make-up?
No, I didn't, actually.
Sorry about that.
But I didn't know what she looked like beforehand.
I only know what she looks like now.
But did you not think, "This girl has no make-up on?"
No, I didn't.
Sorry about that. I had no make-up on either, by the way.
You had a little bit on.
I know, but that was... I didn't choose to do that, though.
I'm happy to be barefaced in the future, but not on a date.
I can't wait to see the other girls go through it,
That is going to be really good taping.
A Northern Irish beauty queen who has had no luck with love dares to go bare in a dramatic makeunder before a series of dates to see if she can find a connection that is more than skin deep.