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Playing With: Progressively Prettier
Basic Trope: An unattractive or strange-looking character's appearance improves when they appear again next season or in the sequel.
  • Straight: Alice, who first appeared with Nerd Glasses and braces, and rather frumpy clothes is Put on a Bus at the end of the season. When she appears again this time looking prettier, the explanation given is that she spent time at a fancy "beauty farm" and got a makeover.
  • Exaggerated:
    • The girl claiming to be Alice doesn't even remotely resemble a prettier version of the Alice that left; she looks like someone completely different.
    • The Hand Wave given is that Alice did a stint in the Peace Corps helping starving children in Darkest Africa, which brought out her true beauty.
  • Downplayed: Alice gets more flattering frames for her glasses and her wardrobe upgrades from Impossibly Tacky Clothes to Adorkable Hollywood Nerd ensembles.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Alice is one of The Beautiful Elite and gets Put on a Bus at the end of the season. When she returns, she has gained about 20-30 lbs, her hair is frizzy, and she has acquired Nerd Glasses and braces.
  • Subverted: Alice appears prettier, but that turns out to be her twin sister.
  • Double Subverted: Turns out Alice got prettier too.
  • Parodied: Every girl on the show except the lead is replaced by someone completely different.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Alice leaves Hollywood Homely, and comes back looking exactly the same.
  • Enforced: "We need to make this character more appealing, especially in light of the changes of last season."
  • Lampshaded: "Wow! You look great, Alice! That trip away did you some good!"
  • Invoked: Alice, at the end of the season, wins a trip to a high-end medical spa.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Alice refuses to go, on the grounds that she (and everyone else) thinks that she looks good just as she is.
  • Discussed: "Does Alice look different to you? Like...prettier?"
  • Conversed: "'s weird. She looks prettier, but still like herself."
  • Deconstructed: Every season, Alice looks more and more attractive, because she's been compulsively changing her appearance to look pretty, hoping to catch the attention of Happily Married Dirk.
  • Played For Drama: Her new look lands her in a showdown with the Alpha Bitch.

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