Susan Boyle Gets Makeover

Susan Boyle, who's performance on television show Britain's Got Talent sparked global interest, outside her home in Blackburn, Scotland, revealing a new look after undergoing a makeover Friday April 24, 2009. (AP Photo / Andrew Milligan ,PA)

This was inevitable:

Singing sensation Susan Boyle — whose dowdy image contrasted so greatly with her angelic voice that she became an instant Internet celebrity — has gone in for a makeover.

Boyle, 47, had her graying, frizzy hair dyed chestnut brown and styled in what The Sun tabloid says was a 35-pound ($50) makeover. And instead of the old-fashioned dress she wore on the TV show “Britain’s Got Talent,” the Scottish singer was photographed wearing a stylish black leather jacket with what looked to be a Burberry scarf.

Asked if she would change her looks on CNN’s Larry King Live, Boyle replied “Why should I change?”

Because she looked dreadful and is now going to be continually seen by millions?

The problem, of course, is that her fame was largely sparked precisely because of how un-starlike she looked. People were prepared to laugh at her, presuming that she was one of the pathetic figures these shows trot out in the opening weeks of new seasons for comedic effect, only to be shocked at how amazing her voice was.

Then again, that surprise was a one-shot deal.

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  1. Michael says:

    Because she looked dreadful and is now going to be continually seen by millions?

    And yet, I still don’t understand why this is on OTB.

  2. Dave Schuler says:

    She definitely has a career in voiceovers.

  3. markm says:

    …nope…still wouldn’t hit it.

  4. sam says:

    To my knowledge Paul Potts hasn’t had his teeth straightened.