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7th Mar '17 6:25:21 AM AgentKyles
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* MariahCarey doesn't look too good in her role as the titular character's mother in ''Film/TheButler'', either.

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* MariahCarey Mariah Carey doesn't look too good in her role as the titular character's mother in ''Film/TheButler'', either.



* The normally very beautiful Lena Headey sports some very nasty looking facial scars, cracked lips and bad teeth in ''Film/{{Dredd}}'' while playing former prostitute turned drug baron Mama.

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* The normally very beautiful Lena Headey Creator/LenaHeadey sports some very nasty looking facial scars, cracked lips and bad teeth in ''Film/{{Dredd}}'' while playing former prostitute turned drug baron Mama.



* Ana Maria Orozco, the original Betty in ''Series/YoSoyBettyLaFea'', especially when compared with her [[UglyBetty Anglo counterpart]] who was HollywoodHomely at worst. The Colombian producers went the whole nine yards on transforming Orozco: no makeup, bad haircut, the ugliest glasses possible, orthodontics... they even hired an expert to choose specifically the most unflattering colors and styles to dress her, then the writers incorporated that knowledge on the script to justify and explain her eventual makeover and her business plan.

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* Ana Maria Orozco, the original Betty in ''Series/YoSoyBettyLaFea'', especially when compared with her [[UglyBetty [[Series/UglyBetty Anglo counterpart]] who was HollywoodHomely at worst. The Colombian producers went the whole nine yards on transforming Orozco: no makeup, bad haircut, the ugliest glasses possible, orthodontics... they even hired an expert to choose specifically the most unflattering colors and styles to dress her, then the writers incorporated that knowledge on the script to justify and explain her eventual makeover and her business plan.



* Some well-applied zombie makeup was enough to make the incredibly handsome JamieBamber look utterly horrible during a guest stint on ''Series/GhostWhisperer''. There's also his appearance on Series/{{House}}, where he starts out looking like his usual gorgeous self, but his looks worsen as his condition does--yellowing skin, bulging eyes, etc--until finally, the site of him laying on a bed wearing nothing but boxer shorts is completely undercut by the fact ''his skin is peeling off''. Quite jarring considering that he's usually MrFanservice in whatever he's starring in.

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* Some well-applied zombie makeup was enough to make the incredibly handsome JamieBamber Creator/JamieBamber look utterly horrible during a guest stint on ''Series/GhostWhisperer''. There's also his appearance on Series/{{House}}, where he starts out looking like his usual gorgeous self, but his looks worsen as his condition does--yellowing skin, bulging eyes, etc--until finally, the site of him laying on a bed wearing nothing but boxer shorts is completely undercut by the fact ''his skin is peeling off''. Quite jarring considering that he's usually MrFanservice in whatever he's starring in.
21st Feb '17 11:11:28 AM rjd1922
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* Kate [=McKinnon=] is likewise a very beautiful lady. In ''{{Film/Ghostbusters2016}}'' she's dressed down with MessyHair, constantly seen in overalls and portrayed as something of an oddball.

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* Kate [=McKinnon=] is likewise a very beautiful lady. In ''{{Film/Ghostbusters2016}}'' ''{{Film/Ghostbusters 2016}}'' she's dressed down with MessyHair, constantly seen in overalls and portrayed as something of an oddball.
6th Jan '17 7:47:49 AM AnotherGuy
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* Creator/RosanneBarr isn't a conventional looker, but she ''really'' downgraded her appearance in ''Film/SheDevil''.

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* Creator/RosanneBarr Creator/{{Rosanne}} Barr isn't a conventional looker, but she ''really'' downgraded her appearance in ''Film/SheDevil''.
6th Jan '17 7:46:29 AM AnotherGuy
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* Creator/MerylStreep as the Witch in ''Film/IntoTheWoods''. Like Thompson above, she said it took more makeup to make her look beautiful later in the film than to make her look ugly for the majority of her screentime.

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* Creator/MerylStreep as the Witch in ''Film/IntoTheWoods''. Like Thompson above, she said it took more makeup to make her look beautiful later in the film than to make her look ugly for the majority of her screentime. Played straighter with ''Film/{{Ironweed}}'' and ''Film/SophiesChoice''.




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* Creator/RosanneBarr isn't a conventional looker, but she ''really'' downgraded her appearance in ''Film/SheDevil''.
6th Jan '17 7:44:27 AM AnotherGuy
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* Creator/CharlizeTheron as Aileen Wuornos in ''Film/{{Monster}}''. The actress [[DyeingForYourArt gained between 25 and 30 pounds]], shaved her eyebrows, and wore prosthetic teeth. As such, she looked completely unrecognizable in character and got the Best Actress Oscar in a walk.

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* Creator/CharlizeTheron as Aileen Wuornos in ''Film/{{Monster}}''. The actress [[DyeingForYourArt gained between 25 and 30 pounds]], shaved her eyebrows, and wore prosthetic teeth. As such, she looked completely unrecognizable in character and got the Best Actress Oscar in a walk. She wasn't afraid to get dirty in ''Film/NorthCountry'', and then once again shaved her head and wore dark circles of grease for her role as Furiosa in ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad''.
1st Jan '17 4:23:05 PM JamesAustin
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* In ''Series/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', the murderous, balding grey-haired and perpetually scowling Count Olaf will be played by [[Creator/NeilPatrickHarris]].
* For her recurring role as Estelle in ''{{Series/Friends}}'' June Gable wore an unflattering wig, too much jewellery and UncannyValleyMakeUp. She also affected a voice to suggest the agent had been a chain-smoker for years.

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* In ''Series/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', ''Series/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents2017'', the murderous, balding grey-haired and perpetually scowling Count Olaf will be played by [[Creator/NeilPatrickHarris]].
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* For her recurring role as Estelle in ''{{Series/Friends}}'' ''Series/{{Friends}}'' June Gable wore an unflattering wig, too much jewellery and UncannyValleyMakeUp. She also affected a voice to suggest the agent had been a chain-smoker for years.
12th Dec '16 2:51:44 PM fearlessnikki
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* Creator/BetteDavis pulled this off quite a few times in her illustrious career:
** The first notable one was ''Literature/OfHumanBondage''. Her character Mildred ends up on the streets and eventually dies of tuberculosis. Bette designed the make-up Mildred would wear for her death scene, wanting her to accurately look like someone who had died of an illness and not "a deb who had missed her afternoon nap."
** She wanted to do this for ''Film/NowVoyager'', padding her costumes out to make Charlotte look even heavier in her 'before' appearance. The studio rejected this look for being "too grotesque" and she's HollywoodHomely in the finished film.
** ''Marked Woman'' after her character has been attacked by the Mafia. The original bandaging was rather [[BeautyIsNeverTarnished small]], so she went to a doctor and had the face bandaged more realistically.
** In ''Film/WhatEverHappenedToBabyJane'' she decided that Jane Hudson would never wash her face and only put a new layer of make-up on every day. She patterned the look off numerous homeless ladies seen on Hollywood boulevard. When Bette's daughter saw her in the make-up for the first time, she remarked "mother, this time you've gone too far." Elsewhere averted with her co-star Joan Crawford, who struggled to look unattractive. She wanted to have full hair and make-up, despite playing a wheelchair bound woman who hadn't left her room in years. This did however give the impression that Blanche had aged better than Jane, giving her sister another reason to resent her.



* ''Film/WhatEverHappenedToBabyJane'' featured Bette Davis, one of Hollywood's glamorous leading ladies, as a WhiteDwarfStarlet. She threw herself right into the role, deciding that Jane Hudson would never wash her face and only put a new layer of make-up on every day. She patterned the look off numerous homeless ladies seen on Hollywood boulevard. When Bette's daughter saw her in the make-up for the first time, she remarked "mother, this time you've gone too far." Elsewhere averted with her co-star Joan Crawford, who struggled to look unattractive. She wanted to have full hair and make-up, despite playing a wheelchair bound woman who hadn't left her room in years. This did however give the impression that Blanche had aged better than Jane, giving her sister another reason to resent her.
30th Oct '16 11:48:56 AM nombretomado
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* HelenaBonhamCarter as Morgan in ''Series/{{Merlin 1998}}''. In the first act she is a homely girl with a lazy eye and pigtails, but uses magic to make herself beautiful in order to trip up Arthur. [[spoiler: At the end [[ThisWasHerTrueForm her magic slips away and she is homely again]].]]

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* HelenaBonhamCarter Creator/HelenaBonhamCarter as Morgan in ''Series/{{Merlin 1998}}''. In the first act she is a homely girl with a lazy eye and pigtails, but uses magic to make herself beautiful in order to trip up Arthur. [[spoiler: At the end [[ThisWasHerTrueForm her magic slips away and she is homely again]].]]
2nd Oct '16 9:06:32 PM DrOO7
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* Creator/MelissaMcCarthy is very pretty when seen in interviews. For a lot of her roles, she's given make-up and hairstyles to make herself seem frumpier and less attractive.

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* Creator/MelissaMcCarthy is very pretty when seen in interviews.interviews, even making ''People'''s "Most Beautiful" list at least once. For a lot of her roles, she's given make-up and hairstyles to make herself seem frumpier and less attractive.
16th Sep '16 7:07:07 AM fearlessnikki
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* Portia Doubleday in Kimberly Peirce's [[{{Film/Carrie2013}} 2013 remake]] of the above does a different take on this trope to play Chris. In contrast to previous films showing the AlphaBitch as one of TheBeautifulElite, this version is done up to look like an [[ButNotTooWhite over-tanned]], [[UncannyValleyMakeUp made-up]] [[Series/JerseyShore Snooki wannabe]] with ratty hair extensions and trashy clothes. This adds a layer of subtext that Chris could be jealous of Carrie's more natural beauty.




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* Creator/BlakeLively, a very glamorous blonde, in ''Film/TheTown''. She plays a trashy alcoholic who layers the make-up on and looks constantly spaced out. Critics were shocked.
* Creator/KeiraKnightley as a skinny, sleep-deprived, chain-smoking alcoholic in ''Film/TheJacket''.
* Downplayed with Lizzie Caplan in ''Film/MeanGirls''. Producers were reluctant to cast her as 'art freak' Janis because of her beauty, but [[AbilityOverAppearance she gave the best audition]]. So instead of trying to dress her down, they gave her odd fashion choices, goth make-up and MessyHair. She even wears a tuxedo to the prom, subverting SheCleansUpNicely. There are fandom rumours that Janis herself is a former AlphaBitch, and Caplan's beauty is likely a contributing factor.
* Creator/ChristianBale does this a lot:
** He starved himself down to a dangerously skinny weight as an anorexic insomniac for ''Film/TheMachinist''.
** As an overweight balding conman with a bad fashion sense in ''Film/AmericanHustle''. He gained the weight and shaved the hair himself to affect an authentic combover.
* Creator/MelissaMcCarthy is very pretty when seen in interviews. For a lot of her roles, she's given make-up and hairstyles to make herself seem frumpier and less attractive.
* Kate [=McKinnon=] is likewise a very beautiful lady. In ''{{Film/Ghostbusters2016}}'' she's dressed down with MessyHair, constantly seen in overalls and portrayed as something of an oddball.



* Some well-applied zombie makeup was enough to make the incredibly handsome JamieBamber look utterly horrible during a guest stint on GhostWhisperer. There's also his appearance on Series/{{House}}, where he starts out looking like his usual gorgeous self, but his looks worsen as his condition does--yellowing skin, bulging eyes, etc--until finally, the site of him laying on a bed wearing nothing but boxer shorts is completely undercut by the fact ''his skin is peeling off''. Quite jarring considering that he's usually MrFanservice in whatever he's starring in.

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* Some well-applied zombie makeup was enough to make the incredibly handsome JamieBamber look utterly horrible during a guest stint on GhostWhisperer.''Series/GhostWhisperer''. There's also his appearance on Series/{{House}}, where he starts out looking like his usual gorgeous self, but his looks worsen as his condition does--yellowing skin, bulging eyes, etc--until finally, the site of him laying on a bed wearing nothing but boxer shorts is completely undercut by the fact ''his skin is peeling off''. Quite jarring considering that he's usually MrFanservice in whatever he's starring in.




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* For her recurring role as Estelle in ''{{Series/Friends}}'' June Gable wore an unflattering wig, too much jewellery and UncannyValleyMakeUp. She also affected a voice to suggest the agent had been a chain-smoker for years.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' Season 5 featured Jennifer Morrison in her Dark One make-up to subvert EvilIsSexy. Even after then, the stress and exhaustion Emma is going through in her TraumaCongaLine is conveyed with make-up to have her look continually weary and tired.
* Larissa does this on an episode of the reality show ''Average Joe'', under a lot of ageing prosthetics to appear like an overweight old woman. She passed herself off as her visiting mother and fooled all the other contestants.

[[AC: Professional Wrestling]]
* When Wrestling/MollyHolly underwent a FaceHeelTurn from a sweet CountryMouse to a SourPrudes, she darkened her hair from blonde to brown and cut it short. She also wore more conservative ring attire to make herself look less attractive.
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