Anne Hathaway: A Fugstory


Now that Anne is the Supporting Actress awards favorite, a pet project of Valentino, and basically writing her own checks in this town, it’s time to take a look back at whence she came. Remember Get Real? Did ANYONE watch a single frame of that show and think, “Wow, if Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg don’t get nominated for Oscars someday, I will eat my VCR remote”?

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  1. Kit
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    I had no idea her taste was so consistently cracktackular. I had this vague idea that she mostly wore conservative Valentino-type gowns. Weird!

    • Art Eclectic
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      Me, too. I like Anne and always tend to think of her as well dressed, but the FUG archives show otherwise.

      Must be that thing where we remember the good more than the bad, because there was a whole lot of BAD in her clothing choices so far. She really did not know what to do with her chest at all for many years. Either it was Hello Nipples! or pancakeville.

      • Scouse Helen
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        Agreed. She gets it most wrong in the embonpoint region. She’s never gone down the terracotta tan road, for which I applaud her, but that means that you have to be careful about how much pale flesh you expose, particularly without enough support to hold the goods up! She’s made the same mistake with her legs before, too; pale skin is lovely but too much of it in a very short skirt just doesn’t work.

        I also preferred her face a little rounder. I expect she’s succumbed to Hollywood starvation/protein shakes, which is a real shame.

    • Brenna
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      My thoughts exactly! I had in my head that she dressed consistently well, and then as I went through the gallery, I kept yelling “Oh, no, Anne, WHY?” until about 2009.

  2. kalua
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    First thought: this girl looks amazing in black even when the clothes are horrid and few people truly do. Second thought: I never realised before how much she irritates me. In fact I cought myself wondering why the hell I ever thought she was likeable.

  3. Susan
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    In opposition to prior posters and future posters (I am sure), I love miss Anne unreservedly. What really gets me in these pictures is that yes, the outfits are pretty much hideous across the board…but…I can’t help but still believe the face carries it.

    • Orange Clouds
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      My first thought too. She has THAT face! No horrible fashion decision can take away the fact that she is a stunner.

      • mary lou bethune
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        That is the TRUTH. Awful taste but she is so beautiful and funny and dignified really even in the worst bosom revealing outfit….
        Her response to the awful Matt Lauer is what I mean by dignified.

        • Karen G
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          I like Anne, and was surprised to see how many awful clothing choices she’s made over the years. And very surprised by all the cameos by her nipples; she seems more ladylike than that.

          Still, she’s got a lovely face, great hair both short & long, and seems to have a great attitude, which is why I guess we all remember her looking better than perhaps she actually did.

  4. Leslie
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    I do not get what all the hub-bub is over Ms. Hathaway. Seems like she has had a few lucky breaks in Hollywood, but she is not worthy of all this hype.

    • Cas
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      She was really great and very believable in “Rachel Getting Married”. I felt like I knew a few annoying drunk/drug/crazy chicks in real like like her character. I mean that as a complement.

    • AmandaD
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      I’ve always thought she’s an ok actor, nothing special….but she totally blew me away in Les Miserables. My sister felt the same about her, and she was just as impressed (and she’s a harder critic since she’s sung opera professionally). I think maybe Hathaway’s better suited to drama and needs to leave the comedies alone.

  5. you know who
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    I kinda never understood the vitriol for Anne Hathaway. She doesn’t particularly strike me as more smug than any other actress, such as Blake Lively or Eva Longoria. I just don’t understand the hate. C’est la vie

    The outfits are pretty darn bad, and I’m surprised at the frequently intentional nipple exposure! Trying to muscle her way into Paris Hilton’s territory, I see, lol

  6. understateddiva
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    The thing I notice most in this is how much better her makeup gets as time goes by.

  7. jean
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    I didn’t realize her taste was so kooky either. I have always assumed she had more innate style, but it’s cool to see it evolve. And I agree with Susan, that her face really carries off some bad outfits. She’s a pretty woman and she’s stayed pretty for over fifteen years. Good genes in her family. Is she Meryl Streep? No, but I feel like she works hard in most of her movies and with the exception of that Wedding Day movie she did with the horrendous Kate Hudson, she’s avoided most romantic movie crap. I don’t hold Princess Diaries against her. Any young actress would have killed for that role.

  8. Elizabeth
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    It’s pretty obvious she didn’t get a stylist until pic 32.

  9. Cas
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    You girls are soo dead on about her early years shoe choice. But that was kinda the style from the early 2000′s. I really hate those open strappy sandals type that were so popular in 2002. It’s so tacky Southern California step mom.

    • Sara
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      Thats what I was going to say. Most of this stuff just looked like what was trendy at the time period. Not the greatest look but not absolutely cracktastic either. Except that stupid giant white tie.

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  11. Emma
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    When I first saw this post I thought “thank heaven, she’s REVERTED!” Obviously I don’t support her early fashion choices (head to toe denim was never okay), but I miss the old gawky Anne. Now she’s all arthouse and vogued-up. *sigh*

  12. CopyChic
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    Even though her looks have been nutty, I can’t help thinking she needs more Swinton in her diet. Maybe I just want her to be more eccentric.

  13. Annika
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    I’m with the others who thought Anne was more consistently better, if conservatively dressed. She is gorgeous thoug. But, what happened to her boobs? She seems to have lost then around 2009. May coincide when she started working with Rachel Zoe.

    • Kristin
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      I wondered the same thing! She definitely lost some weight, but it almost looked like a breast reduction, though I can’t imagine it really was.

      • Fiona
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        This this this!! I think she had, possibly, both a reduction and a lift.

        • kayla
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          I thought the same thing! In the first pictures she looks rather curvy and chesty. Later she looks like she has next to nothing.

    • Alle C
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      I was wondering that myself, as a lady who saw The Devil Wears Prada and thought “Hey! Princess Diaries has a body like mine!”

      I do remember an old Vogue article that was basically about her going shopping and talking about how great she feels working out, and they gleefully reported that, like her character in DWP, she had recently gone from a 4-6 to a 2. So, I don’t know. Maybe it’s a combination of weight loss and undergarments? Boob spanx? THE MYSTERIES OF HOLLYWOOD.

  14. Lisa
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    Joining the chorus of those who generally think of her as well-dressed until this slideshow. I was shocked–shocked!–at how many fug moments she had, even this year. I guess it’s a special form of fashion amnesia (Anne-nesia?)!

    • Megan
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      Add me to the list of readers who thought the same. I was actually surprised that she had 52 (!) pictures in this slideshow; before I started thumbing through it, I thought “Sure, she had some misses, but not THAT many.” Boy, was I wrong!

  15. pantsonfire
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    I actually do not think Hathaway’s clothing tastes are improving whatsoever. I may be in the minority, but I have hated everything or nearly everything she has worn in support of Les Mis and Batman. She has somewhat droopy breasts (sorry–I’ve danced around saying it for a long time now, but there it is) and she seems to be in complete and utter denial that she needs to wear a supportive undergarment (or even A undergarment at all), and she just generally dresses in a way that makes me believe she has no idea what to do with her figure. So yeah, most of what she has worn (and honestly, will wear) is butt ugly. However, there are some dresses in there that are absolutely gorgeous (23, 32, 44, 47), and that white Givenchy from the Oscars is in my top three dresses of all time, I think.

    • Sara
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      Boobs over a size b cup droop. The older you get the more they droop. Its a sign they are real. I think she could’ve done some boob control by wearing an underwire and nipples pads so they are perkier under clothes but I actually remember being pleased upon learning she was au natural. Of course now it seems shes made sure her weight is so low her boobs have all but gone away. Adieu Anne’s boobs, adieu.

      • pantsonfire
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        Agreed, agreed. I like her boobs and have no problem with a natural droop. I saw her boobs in that bad movie she did with Jake G. where she had Parkinsons are something, and I thought to myself, “those are some spectacular tits.” So I’m not dissing her boobs when I say they are a bit on the pendulous side. I just think she often does them (and the rest of her figure) an injustice with her clothing choices. She should avoid deep V-necks without a bra; indeed, throughout the whole slideshow, she looks markedly better when wearing strapless dresses with a more structured bodice. Unfortunately, her recent choices have veered toward drapey and unsupported…lending her the appearance of a melting taper candle.

        Her boobs have gotten a lot smaller with her weight loss over the years (which has been more pronounced than I realized), but it hasn’t really changed the fact that her particular shape and placement of boob needs more structure and support.

        • Sally
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          I noticed the same thing- when she weighed more, and looked GREAT, her boobs were so great too! Oh well.

  16. NeverPost
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    A. Che. T-shirt. Seriously.

  17. Vandalfan
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    Short hair really suits her.

  18. Lilibet
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    One step forward, two steps back but she got there in the end with the gamine hair. Now if she could just get the clothes consistently right. (Hang the expense – stick with couture.)

  19. LS
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    You all said everything I’ve been thinking, especially: history of wackiness relevation; boob-gate; and that (saving) face. The only thing to add is that around 2004/5, she (and Hollywood??) discovered some kind of all over body paint – she started to ‘glow’ milky white.

  20. AmyK
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    Anne seems sweet — very “pretty, approachable girl-next-door” kind of vibe. At least, that’s what I get from her.

    And YOWZA the early 2000s were a wacky time. Ugly dress in #17, but I want that hair. And is it just me, or does she look almost Liv Tyler-esque in the face in #19? Probably just me.

  21. Liz985
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    She has the willowy body and face to carry off most anything. But either she, or the people she takes advice from, have terrible taste in clothes for the most part. Lots of lost opportunity there.

  22. Stefanie
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    I have to say I like her face the best in the 2005 era. A bit more rounded, a bit softer.

    As for the clothes…I see now she has always been Boobs-akimbo. And I HATE to say this but Im going to: The musty see thru flowered dress in the second to last slide? When she wore it the first time I hated it. But looking back…Im veering toward loving it. PLEASE dont kick me out the GFY Club!

    • pantsonfire
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      Ha. No, I like that dress, too. I liked it at the time, as well, but I also could see where folks were coming from re the goiter optical illusion around the groin/thigh area. It wasn’t a dealbreaker for me (I thought the hullabaloo here on that issue was somewhat overblown and silly), but I also did wish a teensy bit that they had tweaked the shading of the fabric to avoid the dark splotches, or maybe just the dark splotch in that particular location.

  23. Elle
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    Jeff Goldblum’s twin but not as smart.

  24. Helen
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    A few spectacular hits, mostly pretty dreadful misses. Interesting, though; even the worst mistakes aren’t dull.

    The makeup does get better over time, agreeing with understateddiva above, and so does tailoring generally, though I wonder what Anne’s poor innocent boobies ever did to her to be punished so! That’s almost consistent throughout. Just a handful of things hold them in place properly.

  25. SallieT
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    AH strikes me as the Tracy Flick of Hollywood. She’s pretty and talented but seems to be straining so hard to be likable and repected and a moooovie stah that it undermines all three.
    That said, I honestly didn’t think there were THAT many crackadelic failures, statistically.

  26. sophie
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    I think 2011 was HER year, clothes, hair and make up wise. What a shame that’s long over…

  27. anny
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    May we all please take a moment to remember:
    That gold Oscars dress brought us the deathless BACKYHOSE.

  28. Elle
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    I am but another in the long line of people who, for some reason, thought Anne was generally well-dressed up until the retrofugtive.

    Though I’ve come to find Anne quite annoying, I do have to make one point in her favour re: the Oscars song she did with Mr. Jackman… they were doing the song for Frost/Nixon and when she did the whole arms up thing, she was making a peace sign circa Nixon’s resignation, and just holding the pose. But fear not, there are plenty of other things to dislike her for!

    • Jane
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      Thanks for pointing that out. I rewatched that Oscar performance on youtube and Anne was striking a Nixonian pose at the end of the number. However, I don’t think conservative Richard Nixon developed his trademark move from a peace sign – I think he was going for the Churchill “V for Victory” salute from WWII. Either way, I think it was an attempt at some level of satire.

      For the record I don’t mind Anne Hathaway. As some other poster here observed, she tends to do better in supporting roles, but hasn’t really graduated to carrying a grown-up movie yet.

  29. CreLa
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    Wow, she really is unbearable.

  30. Yes please
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    Oh my gosh, we get it. Anne Hathaway annoys you, fug girls. It’s a classic story for you: for some unknown reason she–not her wardrobe but SHE irritates you. And thus you can’t stand the attention she receives. You decide before you even look at her outfit that it’s terrible. You berate her aesthetic constantly on your site, blah blah blah–just like so many before her–and in some weird Stockholm Syndrome way, the amount of time you spend being idiopathically annoyed be her actually pushes you towards liking her. In a few months, you will be talking about how wonderful she looks in everything (see Kirsten Dunst, J simp, etc.). Even though she’s always looked outstanding. Of course you wanted to dredge up really old photos of her in her teeny-bopper years (does anyone look elegant and put together at that age? Those cracks at her are just unfair. Let’s see what you were wearing in 1999.) on the weekend that her amazing performance in Les Mis releases. I thought that the whole premise of your site is to point out glaring wardrobe sanfus when people are paying exorbitant fees for stylists. So what are you doing posting pictures of her looking like a lovely teenager long before she acquired a stylist? And your venom towards Marchesa is so old. Can’t you think of any new lines about them? Really? The flowers they spent hours detailing by hand passes only as a cheap haiwaiin lei? Gosh, if only fashion designers and stylists were as perceptive and talented as YOU! Then they wouldn’t have to waste their time influencing culture with their stunning creations and could just sit on the sidelines like you and whine about it .

    • pantsonfire
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      /backs slowly out of the room

    • LS
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      Not sure if I agree with all your points, but everyone’s entitled to their opinions. One funny one from your comment is that nowadays teen Hollywood *doesn’t* have a “teeny-bopper”/ awkward phase. Just look at Moretz, Steinfield, the Fannings, and Shipka.

    • Yourmom
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      tl;dr

    • Jessica
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      Do you feel better now?

      You totally don’t have to read any of this, you know. Although, I TOTALLY just said to Heather that I think now that everyone is annoyed by Hathaway, I might have a backlash against the backlash and like her. So congrats on being a careful reader.

    • Liz985
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      Methinks someone is either: a) a stylist or b) a designer.

      • Donna
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        I wondered if this was an assistant to one of Rachel Zoe’s assistants, or an intern working for Anne Hathaway’s PR team. You know, ‘get on those goddamn blogs and defend our client’ type of tasks.

        • Liz985
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          Hmm, intern. Good point. I’m still leaning towards someone in fashion. The line, “The flowers they spent hours detailing by hand…” and “… influencing culture with their stunning creations…” are a little too passionate for a PR flack. But a Zoe assistant? Could totally see that. Of course, Anne, as pretty and talented as she may be, still has a decidedly mixed fashion record. Regardless of the very passionate diatribe.

    • yeahandalso
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      LOL

      mostly I think people get irritated by Anne because she IS REALLY IRRITATING. Being annoying and being talented aren’t mutually exclusive.

    • Celeste
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      Ooooh, burn.

  31. cathy
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    its awesome to see that knife and fillers haven’t touched that cute face. you go, anne <3

  32. Donna
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    So, first nose job in 2005? Weight loss and/or breast reduction in the same year, less arched brows and second nose job in 2006? That’s how I see her face changing.

    I love these Fugstories that show what starlets wore before they had ‘people’ to hire stylists for them and they had to just wear their own stuff.

    • Jessica
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      Did she have a nose job? I kept trying to figure that out. If she did, it was a very subtle and extremely well-done one.

      • ErinE
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        I was also wondering that. She definitely lost the baby fat in her face as she got older, so I couldn’t tell if that made the difference.

  33. ErinE
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    This was amazing! Some thoughts:

    #21 – what is happening under her dress? is that a horrible shoe? The foot of a troll hiding under her dress? Yikes!

    #45 – she looks like a Kardashian (outfit, and somehow the hips too)

    #47 – I actually love that dress! I did at the time and I still do. I think it’s so chic.

    Mostly I am surprised at her early affinity for going braless. Present day AH would be horrified, I think!

  34. Jo
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    Yes please- try a personal blog next time?

  35. Amie
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    I would imagine that doing Anne Hathaway’s makeup is probably not easy. With that mouth, the lines between not-done-enough/tastefully understated but still not quite enough color/and HOLY CRAP MAKE THE HER MOUTH STOP must be very thin.

  36. Liz
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    I’m just bamboozled by the early 2000s. Were we all that bad? If so, yikes!

  37. Liz
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    Can I, just. Can I thank you for using ‘whence’ correctly? Because I sort of love you a lot for that right now.

    • Helen
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      Heartily seconding that, Liz. I want to tear out my hair every time I see the redundancy “from whence”!

      Or, better, the hair of the writer. It was lovely to see it used properly for a change.

  38. annabelle
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    It’s a 52 slide tutorial on undergarments; why women need them and how the right ones can give you a killer rack and the wrong ones – and lack of ones- can give you sad boob.

  39. Claire1
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    She doesn’t know how to stand for photos.
    I can say this because a recent photo session ( and I really can’t blame it on the drunken girls weekend away issue) shows that I, too, do not know how to stand for photos.

    Ann, make it your New Year’s Resolution with me. “We will not stand as if trying to hid the boobs or the pooch and therefor making the other look bad….We will stand proudly!” C’mon girl… we can do it.

  40. phan
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    That May 2009(?) one that reminds you of Liv Tyler? I see Nigella Lawson. Also, she sometimes looks like Liza Minelli. I still love “Ella Enchanted” though.

  41. Jerika Coleman
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    So basically what we’re saying is that, in general, Anne Hathaway has horrible taste in clothes.

  42. Katharine
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    It took a few goes to get through this retrospective (limited internet access), but finally made it. Like a lot of other people, thought this would have been better : whatever her merits as an actress or personality, she’s such a beautiful woman. Even when her sartorial choices are dodgy, she’s got that fabulous face to distract us.

    I hope there is a backlash against the backlash, as Jessica said. Happy New Year to all!

  43. Margaret
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    Never noticed this before, but in several of the earlier photos, she has a striking resemblance to Alyssa Milano. Is that just me?

  44. brookemopolitan
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    I love Anne. Have loved her since the Princess Diaries, and it’s nice to see a Disney lass move forward and make age appropriate movie choices (and she’s a little piece of heaven in Les Mis. If she isn’t practicing her Oscars speech as we speak, she’s wasting her time).

    I’ve never found her irritating, I’ve actually thought her quite charming. And yes, there are a few awful outfits in here… but I think we’re missing some context- how many times did she get it right (yes, even in the early 2000s when fashion was somewhat awful). But I will agree that she doesn’t know how to dress for boobs. She needs a rodeo bra, badly.

  45. ChristieLea
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    You had me at “kitten heeled prayer circle”. Sometimes your ponderings on what’s going on in the background are even funnier than your fuggings of what’s in the main.

  46. Cat
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    Count me in the camp that thought Anne Hathaway always dressed fairly tastefully, even if I didn’t always like her looks. Uh, whoops!

  47. Celeste
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    Ack! Some mean fug here. Don’t know why she felt she had to flaunt those somewhat saggy boobs.

  48. Sajorina
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    I’ve loved Anne since “Get Real”… I watched every episode!

  49. heather
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    Her taste in clothing is suspect at best, and I’m not sold on her as an actress, and perhaps she is smug and annoying as a person, but one thing is for certain, she has a beautiful face, especially when she smiles.

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