Created By: GoatBoyJanuary 7, 2010
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Unkempt Beauty

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Basically, an aversion of She Cleans Up Nicely, where a woman(or man) is equally sexually appealing dressed down and casual as when they're actually trying to be sexy. Formerly named The Benson for actress Amber Benson, who a lot of fans think is just as sexy in her Ramones t-shirt and big-ass boots as she is when she actually puts some effort into it.
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  • January 6, 2010
    Sackett
    No. No character named tropes.

    Sexy Casual, or if you want to come up with a snappy name fine, but not "The Benson"
  • January 6, 2010
    GoatBoy
    Okay, how about "Unkempt Beauty" or "Beauty On Its Day Off"?
  • January 6, 2010
    Sackett
    Sure Both are good, but I like Unkempt Beauty
  • January 6, 2010
    GoatBoy
  • January 7, 2010
    foxley
    The title made me think of the title character from the sitcom Benson and I couldn't see how it applied to Robert Guillame.
  • January 7, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Also made me think "The black butler is a trope?"
  • January 7, 2010
    GoatBoy
    Okay, any other examples?
  • January 7, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Disregard, wrong topic.
  • January 7, 2010
    GoatBoy
    Um, huh?
  • January 7, 2010
    HeartOfAnAstronaut
    Johnny Depp, quite often. Actually, there are LOADS of 1990s examples, considering the whole grunge trend. Kurt Cobain must be one of the biggest examples.
  • January 7, 2010
    GoatBoy
    On that note, Owen Wilson.
  • January 7, 2010
    Fanra
    In the film Better Off Dead, French foreign-exchange student Monique looks very sexy fixing his car with grease on her face.

    Subverted in the film Not Another Teen Movie when Janey Briggs is said to be ugly because she is wearing overalls with paint on them, glasses and a pony tail. Of course, she is good looking that way, as well as when She Cleans Up Nicely later.

    Since this trope is the opposite of She Cleans Up Nicely, there are a number of examples listed there as aversions that fit this trope.
  • January 7, 2010
    callsignecho
    Marilyn Monroe actually posed in a potato sack, just to prove to everyone what they already knew.
  • January 7, 2010
    GoatBoy
    Well, it's not just the opposite. It also fits when someone is equally attractive either way.
  • January 7, 2010
    Fanra
    Because of Hollywood Homely, almost every example of She Cleans Up Nicely would fit this, as the "ugly" woman is usually quite good looking.

    Actually, the definition of She Cleans Up Nicely pretty much covers this trope in that way. Making this really that trope.

    Looking at the explanation of Beautiful All Along it says, "The trope, She Cleans Up Nicely, often differs in that the girl in question might like rough casual clothes or work gear most of the time, she knows damn well she can look stunningly good when she wants to be."
  • January 7, 2010
    GoatBoy
    No, see, that's when the woman doesn't look like much until she gets cleaned up. This is when someone looks hot without even trying.
  • January 7, 2010
    SevenOfDiamonds
    • Amanda Palmer wears wacky costumes onstage, but there's plenty of pictures of her completely dressed down. She looks extremely different without dark lipstick and eyeliner on, but she still looks quite beautiful. And her hair is always unkempt looking.
    • Lady Gaga looked quite nice in that shot of the Bad Romance video where she actually looked human and wasn't wearing weird makeup or clothes.
  • January 7, 2010
    Sackett
  • January 8, 2010
    GoatBoy
    Yeah, see, he gets it.
  • January 9, 2010
    Sackett
    I'd say that Unkepmt Beauty and She Cleans Up Nicely are Sister Tropes that often overlap, but not always.

    An Unkempt Beauty often gets a She Cleans Up Nicely moment, and people might even be impressed by how even more beautiful she is, but she's still considered attractive when in rags and/or dirt. In fact some people might like that version even more.

    Often using both is a way to attract two demographics. Like combining Glasses Girl with The Glasses Got To Go.
  • January 9, 2010
    NatetheGreat

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