Watch movies to cope, use them as pegs to cope.
There’s nothing new about the ugly duckling trope. Whether it’s the outcast in high school who hatches into the most popular girl in school or the dorky dude in need of some refinement, two things are promised: a good soundtrack and a makeover so good it feels unrealistic. But that is not the case.
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Fresh from some summer lovin’ (happened so fast), the headband-clad Sandra Dee spends the whole movie hopelessly devoted to Danny Zuko with her tamed hair and yellow cardigans. But the moment she stepped out in her timeless black off-shoulder ensemble, red lips, and teased hairdo, flicks her cigarette, she had us at “Tell me about it, stud.”
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Taylor Swift’s “red lips and rosy cheeks” are shaking because Sandra Dee did it first. Fleek can give you the perfect tint, with vegetable pigment applied with a microneedle that will last up to 3 years!
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At Hair by Jing Monis, their in-house makeup artists will make sure you achieve that peg, complete with hair styling! Bring back the curls and smokey eyes!
She’s All That (1999)
While the song “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer was made iconic by this scene, nothing will take away from Laney Boggs slowly descending the stairs with her new lewk. Tbh, she literally just set aside the painted overalls, cut her hair, and put on some contact lenses – but even the smallest changes make a big impact.
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Of all makeover montages, Clueless’ serves as a class A example on how to nail the trope. When Cher and Dee take in new student Tai and glam her up, it’s especially upbeat and empowering, because instead of straightening her hair, they wash out the color and keep her curls! And what’s more – you never see Cher make Tai go on a diet; she pushes her to wear crop tops anyway and do a little Buns of Steel on the side.
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Lipomelt Cavitation and Radiofrequency Slimming – Le Plaisir Spa
We get a little sneak peek of Tai’s fitness journey as she does squats to Buns of Steel in Cher’s living room, but what if she could skip this entirely? Le Plaisir Spa’s Lipmelt Cavitation and Radiofrequency Slimming uses non-invasive frequencies to lift skin and tighten.
The Princess Diaries (2001)
Say it with me: Amelia Mignonette Thermopolis Renaldi, Princess of Genovia. Mia served as a gym class heroine for every girl going through her formative years in the 2000s, and the moment she stepped out of the car post-makeover, we all knew there was hope for us. Also worth noting: Mia’s #flex when she had to take off her hat and unveil her new do was a mood.
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Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)
When Kingsman came out in 2014, it soon became the millennial James Bond figure we never knew we needed. Setting a good example for anyone who thought gold chains were a good idea, Eggsy’s rags-to-riches aesthetic brought back the dapper, bespoke look that only gentlemen are worthy of.
Look Cool, Feel Cool Package – Padrino’s Way
A man armed with a sharp haircut has nothing to fear. If that’s good enough for spies, that’s good enough for us normies. Padrino’s knows the way to looking good and feeling even better. Enjoy their classic haircut along with a massage and rinse, hot towel service, extended massage, and full hair spa.
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