Former longtime WSFA 12 News anchor gets Today Show 'Ambush Makeover'

Updated: Jul. 26, 2018 at 12:09 PM CDT
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NEW YORK (WSFA) - Former longtime WSFA 12 News anchor Kim Hendrix is celebrating her birthday in style after making not one but TWO appearances Thursday on NBC's Today Show with Kathy Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb.

Kim, her husband Scott, and daughter Annie, made a trip to the Big Apple to celebrate one final family vacation before their only child heads off to college at Auburn University.

Kim and Annie first appeared in a brief show opening segment waving from the plaza. That's when Anne said they were celebrating Mom's birthday.

Not long after, show producers plucked Kim from the crowd and whisked her away for an appearance on the show's Ambush Makeover segment with stylist Louis Licari and style expert Jill Martin.

The professionals worked with Kim and another woman chosen for the segment for three hours before making the big reveal before her blindfolded family.

"Oh my gosh, I have got to thank a lot of people," Kim yelled after turning to see herself in a mirror. "This is a miracle."

Said Licari, "she actually looks a little bit like a cross between [actress] Kim Basinger and [NBC anchor] Megyn Kelly, don't you think?"

Reached by phone for reaction from her old co-workers, Kim said the entire process was "fast and furious" and added that "you're thrown from one room to another. One person is doing your hair, one's doing your makeup, and one person's thinking about the outfit you're going to wear."

This isn't Kim's first time getting a makeover on national television. In 1994 she got a makeover courtesy of Oprah Winfrey.

Laughing, Kim said, "yea, you know? Another 24 years I'll do it again...when you're with the best of the best in a city like New York, last time it was Chicago, why not? Let them do whatever they want to do. It was exciting!"

Kim worked for WSFA 12 News for 20 years between 1990 and 2010. She's currently the Director of Outreach at Frazer United Methodist Church.

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