Man living on the streets gets remarkable makeover that changes his life
Homelessness is a very real epidemic. The sheer number of people who live without an actual, stable home on a daily basis is alarming. It is estimated that in the US alone, there are as many as 554,000 people living on the streets. And often these people lack not only a home but have no loved ones to turn to for support. Unfortunately, the scale of homelessness is such that it's now seen as an inevitable part of life and that's why it's so easy to turn a blind eye to those in need.
And the obvious fact is when you have don't have a dime to your name and are forced to sleep rough, your physical appearance can take a turn for the worst. Now, this may be least of your worries when you're desperate for food, but then again, given the number of stories centering around people in need getting life-changing makeovers, perhaps not.
Getting a brand new makeover can do wonders for your self-worth and overall emotional health - reminding people who have been forced to live on the streets of who they were in happier times. The very idea that taking care of your body is good for you is hardly rocket science.
And one formerly disheveled homeless man is evidence of this:
In fact, he broke down in tears after seeing his long-awaited transformation at an upmarket Spanish hair salon. Yes, José Antonio walked out of the salon a completely different man to the one who walked in. His makeover was filmed by producer Dr. Filmgood and posted on hair salon La Salvajeria's Facebook page in celebration of the salon's third birthday.
Before the makeover, he had a load of grey unkempt hair and a dirty, straggly beard. He had been forced to live on the streets for a whole 25 years but came out looking as stylish as a male model wearing the latest fashion trends.
The change was so phenomenal that a bar owner in the area served him a beer on a terrace without realizing it was the same man who spent his days helping drivers find parking spaces and looking after their vehicles once they had found one.
Unsurprisingly, given how handsome he looked, it wasn't long before the 55-year-old started attracting attention from several female admirers with his well-groomed appearance and style - some even compared him to A-lister George Clooney!
Antonio's story is not too dissimilar to others in a similar position. Because of his homelessness, the former electrician had lost all motivation in life and suffered from depression.
In the video taken of his life-changing makeover, Antonio can be seen sitting on a chair in front of a mirror as he tells the cameraman: "Leave the doors over the mirror open for the moment so I can see myself for the last time like this. Then close them to see if when they open again, it's as if something else really opened up in my life, like a symbol."
Antonio is clearly overcome with emotion when he is shown the final result, in tears, he gasps: "F***, my God, this is incredible, is this me? I'm so different, no-one's going to recognize me unless I tell them who I am."
I guess it just goes to show that it's never too late to revamp not only your appearance but your entire life and outlook on life.