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MAFS: Michael Brunelli and Martha Kalifatidis’s celebrity makeovers

Australia’s favourite Married At First Sight alumni returned to the spotlight on Sunday night for the franchise’s inaugural Grand Reunion special.

And looking back at the cast’s first on-screen appearances shows just how much they’ve changed.

From celebrity makeovers to new-found Instagram fame, here are the stunning transformations of MAFS’ most memorable brides and grooms.

Pictured: Martha Kalifatidis and Michael Brunelli at the Grand Reunion 2021

My, how MAFS changed them! Inside the stunning transformations of Married At First Sight’s most popular veterans: From celebrity makeovers to influencer job titles. Pictured: Martha Kalifatidis and Michael Brunelli pictured on MAFS 2019 (left), and at the Grand Reunion 2021 (right) 

Martha Kalifatidis and Michael Brunelli

Known as one of MAFS’ ‘golden couples’ Martha Kalifatidis and Michael Brunelli earn thousands of dollars through endorsement deal and media appearances. 

But things were very different back in 2019.

Martha entered the spotlight as a humble makeup artist living in Sydney, while Michael was a Melbourne-based primary school teacher with a passion for fitness. 

Cha-ching! My, how MAFS has changed them! Martha Kalifatidis and Michael Brunelli earn thousands of dollars through endorsement deal and media appearances

Cha-ching! My, how MAFS has changed them! Martha Kalifatidis and Michael Brunelli earn thousands of dollars through endorsement deal and media appearances 

After finding fame on MAFS, the pair quit their jobs, moved to North Bondi and began working as full-time social media influencers. 

They now each boast an army of online followers, many of whom are all to happy to purchase anything they spruik on Instagram. 

The couple were even awarded new job titles during their appearance on the MAFS Great Reunion special this week,with Martha describing herself as a ‘digital talent’ and Michael calling himself an ‘online trainer and health coach’. 

Fancy! The couple were even awarded new job titles during their appearance on the MAFS Great Reunion special this week,with Martha describing herself as a 'digital talent' and Michael calling himself an 'online trainer and health coach'

Fancy! The couple were even awarded new job titles during their appearance on the MAFS Great Reunion special this week,with Martha describing herself as a ‘digital talent’ and Michael calling himself an ‘online trainer and health coach’

elebrity transformation: Martha, who once referred to herself as a Kim Kardashian lookalike, boasted a head of luscious black hair during her stint on MAFS (pictured)

Bleach blonde: On Sunday night, however, viewers were left shocked as Martha graced the Grand Reunion special with bleach-blonde locks that reached just below her shoulders (pictured)

Celebrity transformation: Martha, who once referred to herself as a Kim Kardashian lookalike, boasted a head of luscious black hair during her stint on MAFS (left). On Sunday night, however, viewers were left shocked as Martha graced the Grand Reunion special with bleach-blonde locks that reached just below her shoulders (right) 

Viewers have since poked fun at the couple’s rather pretentious-sounding job titles. 

‘Is ‘digital talent’ the 2021 term for influencer?’ one viewer Tweeted after Sunday night’s episode.  

‘What happened to real jobs?’ another wrote.  

New look: Martha also appeared to have a more fuller looking face during the reunion than she did on the show two years ago (pictured)

Cosmetically-enhanced. Martha regularly undergoes cosmetic procedures such as fillers and Botox. Pictured at the MAFS Grand Reunion 2021

New look: Martha, who regularly undergoes cosmetic procedures such as fillers and Botox, also appeared to have a more fuller looking face during the reunion (right)  than she did on the show two years ago (left) 

The couple have also changed their looks dramatically since they first graced screens two years ago.  

Martha, who once referred to herself as a Kim Kardashian lookalike, boasted a head of luscious black hair during her stint on MAFS.  

On Sunday night, however, viewers were left shocked as Martha graced the Grand Reunion special with bleach-blonde locks that reached just below her shoulders. 

Before: Meanwhile, formerly long-Michael chopped off his famous tresses for charity in June 2019

After: Meanwhile, formerly long-Michael chopped off his famous tresses for charity in June 2019

Top of the chop! Meanwhile, formerly long-Michael chopped off his famous tresses for charity in June 2019 

Martha, who regularly undergoes cosmetic procedures such as fillers and Botox, also appeared to have a more fuller looking face during the reunion than she did on the show two years ago. 

Meanwhile, formerly long-Michael chopped off his famous tresses for charity in June 2019. 

He briefly bleached his hair white, before finally shaving it off completely. 

White out! He briefly bleached his hair white, before finally shaving it off completely

White out! He briefly bleached his hair white, before finally shaving it off completely 

Elizabeth Sobinoff 

Elizabeth Sobinoff entered the public eye as a no-name sales assistant working at a jewellery store. 

She was discovered by a producer during her first week at work, and immediately left her job to join the 2019 series of MAFS. 

Elizabeth, who was previously on a disability pension for 10 years before snagging her sales assistant job, has since never returned to the retail industry.   

New job: Elizabeth Sobinoff entered the public eye as a no-name sales assistant working at a jewellery store. She has since built a strong social media following, and is now a full-time Instagram influencer. Pictured on MAFS in 2019, right at the MAFS Grand Reunion 2021

Wow! Pictured at the MAFS Grand Reunion 2021

New life: lizabeth Sobinoff entered the public eye as a no-name sales assistant working at a jewellery store. She has since built a strong social media following, and is now a full-time Instagram influencer. Pictured left on MAFS in 2019, right at the MAFS Grand Reunion 2021 

Instead, she has built a strong social media following, and is now a full-time Instagram influencer. 

According to Yahoo Lifestyle, the glamazon is estimated to earn a whopping $2995 per sponsored Instagram post.   

She has also undergone a dramatic celebrity makeover since her reality TV debut two years ago. 

Elizabeth was given the job title of 'influencer' when she made her appearance on the MAFS Grand Reunion special this week

Elizabeth was given the job title of ‘influencer’ when she made her appearance on the MAFS Grand Reunion special this week

In 2020, she returned to MAFS for a second time, sporting a much-slimmer frame and darker hair.

Since finding fame, Elizabeth has developed a more understated fashion and makeup style, opting for a more elegant aesthetic rather than her formerly eye-catching look.  

What a change! Since finding fame, Elizabeth has developed a more understated fashion and makeup style, opting for a more elegant aesthetic rather than her formerly eye-catching look. Pictured on MAFS in 2019

Is that you, Elizabeth? Wow! Pictured at the MAFS Grand Reunion 2021

What a change! Since finding fame, Elizabeth has developed a more understated fashion and makeup style, opting for a more elegant aesthetic rather than her formerly eye-catching look. Pictured left on MAFS in 2019, right at the MAFS Grand Reunion 2021

Jessika Power 

Jessika Power he was arguably the breakout star from the 2019 blockbuster season of Married At First Sight.

The blonde, who was referred to as an ‘administration worker’ during her foray on MAFS, now makes a lucrative income from uploading sponsored posts on social media. 

‘I do not have another job other than Instagram. I earn all my money from Instagram, I earn a really good penny from Instagram,’ she boasted to fans last year.  

'I do not have another job other than Instagram': Jessika Power, a former 'administration worker' now works as a full-time Instagram influencer

‘I do not have another job other than Instagram’: Jessika Power, a former ‘administration worker’ now works as a full-time Instagram influencer  

Jessika, who infamously cheated on her MAFS ‘husband’ with another groom, told Daily Mail in October 2019 that she makes between $8,000 and $10,000 per week spruiking products on social media. 

At the time, Jessika boasted 215,000 followers. 

It’s likely she is earning far more than that now, given she has since earned 45,000 more Instagram followers.   

Multiple procedures: Jessika's post-MAFS transformation has included a new set of veneers, two rounds of dental work, cheek and lip fillers, Botox, a brow lift, a breast lift and an autologous fat graft

Multiple procedures: Jessika’s post-MAFS transformation has included a new set of veneers, two rounds of dental work, cheek and lip fillers, Botox, a brow lift, a breast lift and an autologous fat graft 

She now spends her days spruiking everything from makeup brands to teeth whitening products online. 

Jessika has also enjoyed a glamorous makeover since her rise to fame. 

Over the past two years, the blonde has undergone an array of cosmetic procedures in quick succession. 

Under the knife: In 2019, Jessika also underwent a breast lift and autologous fat graft, a $13,500 procedure involving the removal of fat cells from her thighs and buttocks. Pictured on MAFS in 2019

Surgically-enhanced: Pictured at the MAFS Grand Reunion 2021

Under the knife: In 2019, Jessika also underwent a breast lift and autologous fat graft, a $13,500 procedure involving the removal of fat cells from her thighs and buttocks. Pictured left on MAFS in 2019, right at the MAFS Grand Reunion 2021

Her transformation has included a new set of veneers, two rounds of dental work, cheek and lip fillers, Botox and a brow lift. 

In 2019, Jessika also underwent a breast lift and autologous fat graft, a $13,500 procedure involving the removal of fat cells from her thighs and buttocks. 

The fat was then deposited into her breasts, taking them from a natural B-cup to a D-cup. 

To top off her new look, Jessika has also removed her hair extensions and now sports a shoulder length bob cut.  

Chop chop! To top off her new look, Jessika has also removed her hair extensions and now sports a shoulder length bob cut

Chop chop! To top off her new look, Jessika has also removed her hair extensions and now sports a shoulder length bob cut 

Ines Basic 

Ines Basic shot to fame in 2019 after her villainous appearance on MAFS. 

The Bosnian-born stunner, who infamously had an affair with cheating tradie Sam Ball, previously worked as a legal assistant but has since never returned to the job. 

Like fellow ‘villain’ Jessika, Ines has since cashed in on her notoriety by launching a career as a social media influencer, spending her days promoting fashion and beauty brands on Instagram.  

From legal assistant to Instagram star: Ines Basic, who infamously had an affair with cheating tradie Sam Ball, has undergone a dramatic celebrity transformation since her tenure on MAFS in 2019. Pictured on MAFS in 2019

Brand new woman! Surgically-enhanced: Pictured at the MAFS Grand Reunion 2021

From legal assistant to Instagram star: Ines Basic, who infamously had an affair with cheating tradie Sam Ball, has undergone a dramatic celebrity transformation since her tenure on MAFS in 2019. Pictured left on MAFS in 2019, right at the MAFS Grand Reunion 2021 

In June 2019, Ines boasted that she ‘no longer needs to work’, thanks to her lucrative social media gig.  

‘I will probably never have to go back to a 9-5 job. Instagram is huge, the power of Instagram is so massive… I just want to work for myself,’ she told The Herald Sun at the time. 

Interestingly, Channel Nine listed Ines’ job title as ‘law student’ rather than ‘influencer’ during her appearance on the MAFS Grand Reunion special – perhaps in an attempt to create the perception of diversity among the cast. 

Cashing in: Like fellow 'villain' Jessika, Ines has since cashed in on her notoriety by launching a career as a social media influencer, spending her days promoting fashion and beauty brands on Instagram

Cashing in: Like fellow ‘villain’ Jessika, Ines has since cashed in on her notoriety by launching a career as a social media influencer, spending her days promoting fashion and beauty brands on Instagram

Changing faces: Nothing basic about her! Ines also sported a decidedly different look to how fans remember her at the reunion. Pictured on MAFS in 2019

After: The brunette had a noticeably smoother, puffier face, as well as lighter hair at the MAFS Grand Reunion 2021

Nothing basic about her! Ines also sported a decidedly different look to how fans remember her at the reunion. The brunette had a noticeably smoother, puffier face, as well as lighter hair. Pictured left on MAFS in 2019, right at the MAFS Grand Reunion 2021

Ines also sported a decidedly different look to how fans remember her at the reunion.

The brunette had a noticeably smoother, puffier face, as well as lighter hair. 

Ines recently boasted that she’d spent a staggering $44,000 to achieve her glamorous post-MAFS look. 

Her list of procedures include Botox to her forehead, crow’s feet, frown lines and jaw muscles; filler in her jaw and lips; and an array of expensive skincare treatments. 

Perhaps one of Ines’ most noticeable procedures was her porcelain veneers, which she had done in May 2019. 

New shape: Ines debuted a new look in November 2020 after getting dermal fillers around her jawline to create a more defined shape

New shape: Ines debuted a new look in November 2020 after getting dermal fillers around her jawline to create a more defined shape 

Sarah Roza 

Sarah Roza shot to fame in 2018 after appearing on the fifth season of MAFS. 

Unlike many of her fellow reality TV veterans, the  glamazon chose not to overhaul her since appearing on the show, and still sports her famous fiery locks and bombshell silhouette to this day.

While Sarah may look the same, her job title has changed significantly. 

Still a stunner! Unlike many of her fellow reality TV veterans, MAFS 2018 star Sarah Roza has chosen not to overhaul her since appearing on the show, and still sports her famous fiery locks and bombshell silhouette to this day. Pictured on MAFS in 2018

Once a bombshell, always a bombshell! Pictured at the MAFS Grand Reunion 202 1

Still a stunner! Unlike many of her fellow reality TV veterans, MAFS 2018 star Sarah Roza has chosen not to overhaul her since appearing on the show, and still sports her famous fiery locks and bombshell silhouette to this day. Pictured left on MAFS in 2018, right at the MAFS Grand Reunion 2021

The stunner entered the limelight as a beauty therapist, but now counts herself as among Australia’s top Instagram influencers. 

Sarah now earns a lucrative income from spuriking beauty products on her social media page. 

She also recently set up her own account on Cameo, selling personalised videos to fans for the bargain price of $29.00.  

Rise to fame: The stunner entered the limelight as a beauty therapist, but now counts herself as among Australia's top Instagram influencers. Pictured on MAFS 2018 with 'husband' Telv Williams

Rise to fame: The stunner entered the limelight as a beauty therapist, but now counts herself as among Australia’s top Instagram influencers. Pictured on MAFS 2018 with ‘husband’ Telv Williams 

For sale! Sarah now earns a lucrative income from spuriking beauty products on her social media page

For sale! Sarah now earns a lucrative income from spuriking beauty products on her social media page


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