Kate Gosselin’s transformation from mousey-haired frump to blond alpha-female might go down with Jennifer Grey’s nose-job as one of the great makeover backfires in show-business history.
In a week where relationships seemed to dominate the news—Rihanna, Chris Brown and the L.A. courts on Monday; Gov. Mark Sanford’s bizarre inter-continental booty call confession on Wednesday—the most attention has been reserved for a Pennsylvania couple whose brood of children tumbled across our screens in the TLC series “Jon and Kate Plus Eight.”
That Jon Gosselin’s alleged affair (which he denies) ruptured their family seems to be a story as old as the Bible. But in this case the blame for his behavior—especially from women who have been following the drama—has largely been assigned to Kate, perceived as a domineering shrew who got what she deserved. Harsh!
Would I want to live with her? No. But I understand her desire to add a little polish to her look as the pressure of public scrutiny—and also her ability to pay for a better hairdresser—began to add up.
There are certainly enough video clips of Kate being unpleasant to Jon to cause trouble in any marriage. But once her outer look was transformed to match her inner steeliness, she seemed to lose any trace of that appealing vulnerability that identified her as just another flawed human, like you or me.
According to Hollywood lore, “Dirty Dancing” starlet Jennifer Grey lost both her career and her unique beauty when she got her unwieldy honker “fixed” by a plastic surgeon. Christina Ricci, who was mesmerizing on-screen as a pudgy teen, also seemed to lose something when she succumbed to the Hollywood demand for size-zero actresses.
Now, Kate Gosselin is blond and rich when once she was frumpy and just getting by. All it cost her was a husband. Which seems like a mighty expensive bill for a makeover.
by Ben Widdicombe
He is charming, funny, and dishy and we have him- once a week on the ideeli blog, Ben Widdicombe. Widdicombe covers celebrity culture and fashion for media as diverse as the New York Times and Star magazine. He is a weekly guest on both the Fox Network and CNN’s Headline News, and has appeared as a regular on VH1, Extra and E!. After immigrating to New York from Australia in 1998, he co-wrote the cult Chic Happens fashion gossip column for Hintmag.com and created the Gatecrasher gossip franchise for the New York Daily News. Currently, he is the Celebrity and Society editor for AOL’s fashion web site StyleList.com. Plus, we think Ben is damn cute.