Not long ago Tate Putnins was just an engineering student at Melbourne's RMIT, but these days he is a contestant on Beauty and the Geek and a soon-to-be underwear model.
Putnins was entered in the show by his university mates as a joke, but appears to be succeeding in the match-making show after winning a modelling contract with Australian men's underwear and swimwear brand Aussiebum. Beauty or a Geek? Tate Putnins' before shot as a 'geek' and after shot after his 'makeover'.
Credit: Seven Network. The contract was the prize at the end of Thursday's "makeover extravaganza," where the geeks underwent some radical grooming to get them as close as possible to catwalk-ready.
But a picture of Putnins before the show suggests he may have already experienced a hefty makeover to become his "geek" TV-self. Of his appearance as a geek, he says the show is "pretty liberal with truth".
A lot of elements like my dress sense are there but they have just accentuated them," he said, adding that his bowl-cut hair-do is a new addition. On the show they make it neater and cleaner.
Like the Pokemon shirt, I love it," he said. The "destyling" of contestants is not exactly new to the series, one insider confirmed.
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"geeks" have been given less stylish glasses, clothes and hairstyles to accentuate the impact of the makeover, to the point where they walk in with one look, are ased another, then "emerge" looking pretty much as they always did to the amazement of the same "beauties" who wouldn't have looked twice at them in the first place.
At this stage Putnins said he does not know what to expect from the Aussiebum contract, but it is sure to be a far cry from his days wearing Pokemon T-shirts.
Although Aussiebum is not a sponsor, it is not the show's first dealings with Aussiebum. In a former Aussiebum model, Troy Thompson, featured on the show as the novelty male "beauty" alongside a female "geek".
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