May 27, 2004 -- STOP the presses: Ra chel Love Fraser, the winner of "The Swan" makeover pageant, doesn't want to pursue a career in show-biz.
She just wants to go home and start life again with her family.
Fraser says she wanted to get on the hit Fox show not only to change her appearance physically — but to straighten out some emotional issues that had plagued her all her life.
"What really turned me on to the whole thing was that it was about life transformation, not just about plastic surgery," the 27-year-old Seattle resident told The Post yesterday.
"It's about changing your mental and emotional status," she said. "During the entire show I received a great deal of therapy and life coaching and I was able to deal with a lot of issues that are now in my past.
"I was able to gain a new respect for myself and for my place in this world — and what I can bring to it."
The statuesque Fraser, originally from Elgin, Ill., lived in California and Las Vegas before moving to Seattle. She and husband Mike live with Mitchell, Mike's 11-year-old son from his first marriage. (His daughter, Sierra, lives with her mom.)
During her four-month makeover, Fraser couldn't see Mike — and couldn't even look at her transformation.
"I didn't want to see myself," she said. "I really wanted to focus in on my inner transformation . . . it was very liberating to not look in the mirror and really focus on what's important — and that's what's inside."
Like the other "Swan" contestants, Fraser saw her "new" self for the first time during the show's "reveal" episode.
"I was so happy and I really loved the results," she said. "But by that point I had done so much therapy and life coaching that I was very secure with who I was anyhow — so even if I hated the results I would have been a happy girl because I realized what was important in my life."
Fraser credits that confidence to her "life coach" Nelly Galan, who also created "The Swan."
"She's very inspirational," Fraser said. "She basically said you have to harness all of the great energy inside of you and use that to motivate you to be a better person."
Fraser had to quit her job as a construction company office worker — so what's next?
"My goal here is not to leave behind my old life, like 'I'm this completely different person so that's too good for me.'
"Definitely not," she said. "I want to keep my options wide open."