Relative Race Transformed 7 Women into their Ancestors, and the Results were Stunning
Relative Race is an unscripted, heartwarming, and adventure-filled reality show on BYUtv that helps contestants connect with family members they have never met, both living and not. With three seasons behind us (have you seen Season 1, Season 2, and Season 3?) and one race in progress (watch Season 4), it’s no secret that on this show, family is everything.
To help even more people connect with their family, Relative Race brought in seven women for a very special ancestor photo shoot. The goal? To connect these talented women with the women of their past.
With the help of our hair, wardrobe, and makeup specialists and our awesome photographer, Relative Race gave seven women a makeover inspired by their ancestors. To see the transformations and hear the amazing stories of their ancestors, keep scrolling!
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Now, without further ado, meet our seven modern women who were able to bring their ancestors to life with a simple, yet powerful, transformation.
Meet Chelsea Kay Crockett
For her ancestor transformation, Chelsea chose to be portrayed as her grandmother, Vicky Crocket, a flight attendant who lived a very fun, spunky, and upbeat life.
"My grandmother's life has impacted me tremendously . . . she has inspired me to be who I am times five." – Chelsea
See Chelsea’s incredible transformation below:
Meet Kristin Adams
For her ancestor makeover, Kristin chose to be transformed to look like her grandma, Naomi Wendt, whose family emigrated from Russia.
"The goodbyes always got harder; she was just a sweet lady. Her and my grandpa—they were good people." – Kristin
See Kristin's incredible transformation below:
Meet Hannah Slyfox
As the inspiration for her transformation, Hannah also chose her grandma, Gloria, who was born in 1923 and grew up to be a mother and homemaker. Gloria was known for her constant singing and her ability to bring life to everyone around her.
"If I could meet my grandma, I would say, 'Thank you for investing and loving my dad, because he did that right back to me and now I get to do that to my kids.' " – Hannah
See Hannah's incredible transformation below:
Meet Natalia Johnson
For her ancestor transformation, Natalia chose to be portrayed as her great grandma, who was part of The Cristero War (or Cristero Rebellion) in Mexico, a war in which women would smuggle ammunition and weapons to the soldiers.
"It’s pretty amazing to look back and see all the things that my ancestors have done and gone through . . . family is everything to me." – Natalia
See Natalia's incredible transformation below:
Meet Gabrielle Rader
As the inspiration behind her ancestor makeover, Gabrielle chose her grandmother, Priscillia, who was born in 1941 and is often described as a bubbly and hilarious woman who works tirelessly.
"I have learned so much from her, and I am more than grateful that I grew up having a grandmother . . . family are the ones that will always be there." – Gabrielle
See Gabrielle's incredible transformation below:
Meet Abby Smith
For her makeover, Abby chose to be transformed into her grandma, Henrietta, who died from Alzheimer's disease when Abby was very young.
"Despite all of their struggles, she just accepted life and always saw the glass as half full, and I really look up to her for that . . . I feel like we would have been the best of friends." – Abby
See Abby's incredible transformation below:
Meet Sarah Tyau
The ancestor Sarah chose to portray was her grandmother, who was born in Korea and dedicated her life to her family. She was known for being loving, giving, and occasionally stubborn.
"I feel like she impacted me in a great way because she raised my mom, and I'm the way I am because of my mom and how she raised me. Our ancestors have a lot more impact and influence on our lives—way more than we realize." – Sarah
See Sarah's incredible transformation below:
This makeover experience brought several of the women closer to their ancestors, and they felt more connected to their family history. Just like the contenstants on Relative Race, they increased in their appreciation for family.
Visit the full gallery to see all photos from this shoot.
More About Relative Race
Witness the race of a lifetime as four teams complete thrilling challenges, discover new relatives, and compete for the grand prize of $50,000.
If you're new to discovering Relative Race, this first-of-its-kind competition series is one of BYUtv's top shows. Each season introduces four new teams who are on a mission to discover family. Contestants race across the country searching for relatives they have never met in hopes they will reach the finish line first and win the grand prize of $50,000.
The four teams (red, blue, green, black) are given clues and challenges along the way that lead them to people who share the same DNA. The last-place finisher at each stage of the competition receives a strike. Three strikes and that team is out.
Seasons 1 through 3 brought excitement, laughter, and many tears to both the contestants and the viewers. The reunions between relatives, both close and distant, were unforgettable. So believe us when we say that you won’t want to miss Season 4 (but have a box of tissues close—and don’t say we didn’t warn you)!
Watch the Season 4 premiere of Relative Race RIGHT HERE and tune in on Sundays at 7 PM MT on the BYUtv channel or streaming at byutv.org or on the free BYUtv app for iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox One, and more.
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