Wellington Magazine: Special Treatment

Getting The Special Treatment

We Did It ‘Our Way’

After graduating from high school in the late 1970s, Stacey Ferraro decided to give the modeling world a shot, but it was short-lived.

The 45-year-old single mother said that although she enjoyed some success, the gritty world of fashion was just not her style. “I was not being offered the type of assignments I was interested in,” Ferraro explained. “I decided that I wasn’t going to sell my soul for a chance at fame.”

Instead, she earned an associate’s degree at the Berkely School of Business and took a supervisory position at a Wall Street firm. Ferraro also married and gave birth to her daughter Sonni, now 13 and a student at the Bak Middle School of the Arts. The marriage didn’t work out, but Ferraro’s divorce is an interesting story in itself. “Judge Judy” Sheindlin was a judge in Manhattan Family Court in the days before she got her own TV show. “She was just like she is on television,” Ferraro laughed. “But she was good, and she did right by my daughter.”

That unpleasantness behind her, Ferraro moved to Wellington eight years ago. “I decided it was the best thing to do for my daughter,” she said.

It turned out to be the best for Ferraro as well. She’s engaged to be married, and she won the makeover contest. “This is just one of the most exciting times of my life, and it’s just very, very cool.”

Ferraro said one of the best things about the makeover package was being able to get her teeth whitened by Dr. Sam Sadati of the Sadati Center for Aesthetic Dentistry. “It is something I always wanted to do, but it was expensive, and too much of an extravagance for me. Now, if my daughter wanted it, well then, that’s a different story. I’d find the money for her,” explained the devoted mom. Dr. Sadati worked his magic by using the Rembrandt whitening system, and even fixed two of Ferraro’s front teeth.

Over at Cleopatra’s Body & Soul, Ferraro was greeted by owner Denise Swanson, who escorted our winner to the spa area where she enjoyed a Classic Egyptian Massage courtesy of Elizabeth Kuzma, who gave her a facial as well. Ferraro’s day at the spa was topped off by an eyebrow waxing. Then she was off to J Russell Salon & Spa, where she got a manicure and a pedicure from nail technician Wah Aurelius. After a quick consultation with J Russell hair stylist MaryAn Anjelic, Ferraro stopped by Curves Wellington West to do a 30-minute workout with owner Judy Segal, who donated a three-month membership to our happy winner.

On the big day of the photo shoot, Ferraro returned to J Russell to have her hair colored by Anjelic, and cut, style and makeup by Claudia Diesti.

“I really am getting used to all this special treatment, and I think I’ll start taking better care of myself,” Ferraro beamed. “I feel great!”