Gymnast has adventure in Baltimore: a makeover

January 27, 1994|By Vida Roberts | Vida Roberts,Fashion Editor

Talking hairdos, choosing lipsticks and sharing beauty secrets -- these go a long way toward making friends. Ukrainian gymnast Tatiana Gutsu, who competed in last Sunday's Reese's World Gymnastics Cup here, made friends -- and an impression -- on a beauty salon visit.

She was one of the young competitors who was approached by ABC Sports producers and offered her choice of an American adventure.

Tatiana asked for a beauty makeover.

The tiny gymnast is known for the dramatic and theatrical makeup she wears in competition.

She's also known for her two '92 Olympics gold medals and her three firsts at the '92 European Championships.

She arrived fresh-faced and ready for a new look at the Denise Christensen Salon on Saturday, a test of poise for a 17-year-old surrounded by TV cameras, friends, beauty technicians, gawkers and girlfriends.

"I don't know what they have in the Ukraine," says salon owner Denise Christensen, "but they must have some wicked perms.

"Her hair is over-processed and over-colored, but her skin and eyes are perfect." Ms. Christensen chose not to add another process and suggested an upswept do with soft tendrils.

Through a translator, Ms. Christensen tried to discover what Tatiana really wanted in the way of makeup.

What color eyes?

Brown.

What color lips?

Brown.

What color cheeks?

Brown.

And brown she got, in earthy and mauvy shades.

"It was a lot of makeup for someone her age, but this little girl loves makeup so we gave it to her," says Ms. Christensen.

Tatiana was pleased, and her friends and TV entourage applauded.

It was a pleasant afternoon in Baltimore, the sister city of Odessa, which is Tatiana's home town.

The next day she placed third in the competition, again wearing her signature heavy makeup and hair in a gymnast's pony tail.

The makeover segment will be aired on ABC's Wide World of Sports at 5 p.m. this Saturday.

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