The buzz this year was all about the looks -or lack of- of Mariah Carey.
Apparently in the critically acclaimed movie, Precious, Mariahâ€™s looks take on such a transformation that most of the people that saw the movie didnâ€™t even realize it was her. So was she playing a character that had been horrifically scarred in any way? Or wearing prosthetics to change her features alaâ€™ Nicole Kidman in The Hours? No. She was playing a run-of-the-mill, everyday social worker.
Thatâ€™s right. An average looking person.
Mariahâ€™s hardly the first celebrity to sacrifice her looks for a movie role- after all the same sort of gamble delivered Charlize Theron an Oscar in 2003. But the transformation of one of the music worldâ€™s biggest divas into an average looking person, complete with bags under her eyes, no makeup and a tired looking hairdo was enough to get everyone talking.
And itâ€™s not just the big screen either that is â€œaveraging-upâ€ its leading ladies. Eva Longoria Parker spends every week on Desperate Housewives looking like sheâ€™s in desperate need of a trip to the salon because, apparently, the only way to demonstrate how â€œrealâ€ her character has become since having two kids is to give up the makeup and replace her long, luscious locks with a faded mid-length that doesnâ€™t look like its seen a hair treatment in years.
So does this mean that weâ€™ll suddenly be seeing celebrities embrace their human side and start looking how the rest of us look every day?
Sadly the answer is no. Not unless thereâ€™s a career boost or an award to win as compensation for giving up the glam. And I donâ€™t think us average people would have it any other way. After all, weâ€™re the ones who prefer the airbrushed appeal of Britney Spears as opposed to the real cheeto-snacking-unwashed-locks-in-a-messy-bun-on-the-way-to-Starbucks version. So I think weâ€™ll all be quite happy to let this celebrity trend pass.