PHOTO: See Jesse James's Alleged Mistress Before the Tattoos

03/22/2010 at 06:45 PM EDT

PHOTO: See Jesse James's Alleged Mistress Before the Tattoos
Michelle McGee at age 15 and now
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Raven-haired, covered in tattoos and fond of provocative poses, Michelle "Bombshell" McGee is a far cry from the person her childhood classmates remember.

"She was very little, had blonde hair and was plain looking," says one alum from North High School in the Cleveland suburb of Eastlake. "She was a smart, loner type; not total loner but she didn't have a ton of friends.

For the folks back home, it was a double shock not only to hear her claims of an affair with recent Oscar-winner Sandra Bullock's husband Jesse James but also to see her post-Ohio full-body tattoo look that she shows off in strip clubs and a cybersex site.

"I didn't even recognize her at first, she looks so different," the former classmate says.

McGee, a Class of 1996 graduate, has rocked her former hometown as residents who knew her began calling into local radio show, gossiping around town and refuting one of her more interesting claims about her upbringing.

"She was not in an Amish community," the classmate says, "or dressed like the Amish."

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