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A Family-Unfriendly Aesop which often goes hand-in-hand with Unnecessary Makeover. The Ingenue learns to dress and act like a slut in order to snag her man, usually with the help of her "friends". Most famously done in Grease. Commonly used in fanfiction, leading to Possession Sue.
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  • August 1, 2009
    wanderlustwarrior
  • August 1, 2009
    Ronka87
    Mocked mercilessly in Clone High's finale: after a series of embarrassing makeovers, Joan of Arc is tarted up, which leads Abe to looking at her as "hot" for the first time in the whole series. She keeps the makeover in the hopes of seducing him, but ends up going to prom with JFK because Abe is still preoccupied with Cleo. (This is terrible description of why this is mockery, but it is.)

    Also compare: Beautiful All Along (which this trope tries to be, with an unfortunate "Beauty = Slutty" message) and possibly She Cleans Up Nicely
  • August 3, 2009
    Durazno
    You might want to soften the description just a bit. I agree that it's stupid to tell girls that they have to show some skin to get a man, but not everyone who bares their midriff is a "slut."
  • August 4, 2009
    randomlinenoise
    • in The Smiling Lieutenant, Maurice Chevalier's old girlfriend teaches his new, prim wife, whom he was more-or-less forced to marry, how to vamp it up, and Chevalier falls in love with her. Since the movie dates from 1931, that means this is at least Older Than Television
  • August 5, 2009
    BlackDragon
    Not sure if this qualifies, but it seems worth mentioning... in Questionable Content, after the Faye-Dora-Marten Love-Triangle finally collapsed, with Dora and Marten winding up together, Faye heads home to visit her mother and unwind for a bit. After telling her mother the entire story, the old lady tells her that, back in the day, she'd been stuck in a similar love-triangle with Faye's late father - and, obviously, won. Resulting in the following conversation (paraphrased):

    Faye: So how'd you win?
    FayeMom: Oh, that's simple. I just put out first.
    Faye: MOM!
    FayeMom: Well, I didn't say it was exactly the same situation...
  • August 5, 2009
    random surfer
    At one point in Family Guy Lois took Meg out shopping, and pushed shirts that had "Porn Star" and "Sperm Dumpster" written on them.
  • August 5, 2009
    Dick Richardson
  • August 5, 2009
    gyrobot
    Can be coupled off with Corrupt The Cutie
  • August 8, 2009
    Unknown Troper
  • August 9, 2009
    rjung
    Bratz. 'nuff said.
  • August 9, 2009
    Silent Hunter
    • A complaint about The Ugly Truth.
  • August 9, 2009
    Pannic
    The musical Gigi might be an example.
  • August 9, 2009
    blackcat
    "I should of beat her where she beat me, in the sack." The Women.
  • August 9, 2009
    Wristmilk
    Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist has this.
  • August 9, 2009
    TParadox
    Nobody's mentioned Grease? Gotta be the Trope Maker or Trope Codifier.
  • August 9, 2009
    random surfer
    ^Read the OP again.
  • September 19, 2009
    Unknown Troper
  • September 19, 2009
    PolarBear
    Parodied in Kabhi Alvida Naa Khena: Dev tells Maya she has to spice things up with her husband to make her mariage work, so she shows up at their apartment dressed like a dominatrix and wielding a whip. Turns out all of her husband's friends are here to watch the football game...
  • December 28, 2009
    Ronka87
    Necro bump! I'm proposing The Makeover, and this would be a good addition.
  • December 28, 2009
    Vree
    Lol, that's exactly what the moral of Grease seemed to be to me. Can't think of any other good examples though.
  • December 28, 2009
    hummingbirdcake
    inverted in Glee: Kurt (knowing Finn won't like it) encourages Rachel to dress like a slut to attract him. When she recreates Sandy's black outfit from Grease Finn tells her she looks like a "sad clown hooker".
  • December 28, 2009
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    Music
  • December 28, 2009
    berr
  • December 29, 2009
    JAF1970
    • MST3K fan favorite Hobgoblins is practically the Trope Namer.
      Crow: So, Mike, I learned from today's movie that Daphne was a slut, and Amy wasn't fun until she became a slut.
      Mike Nelson: Well, that's the fun message of today's movie!
  • January 1, 2010
    Ronka87
    Gonna launch this later today if no one has any complaints.
  • January 1, 2010
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • Keep in mind the Grease example also had Danny Zucco trying to become the Varsity Good Guy to be with Sandy, but to his relief, she stepped up to the Bad Girl act first.

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