Fugger: Nina Dobrev

Fugs and Fabs: The Vampire Diaries and The Originals at PaleyFest


PaleyFest goes on so long, and reaches so far and wide, that it’s starting to feel like TCAs — as if the only qualification for getting a PaleyFest panel is, “Having ever aired on television for more than ten seconds.” It’s great for shows like Lost, or really long-running/ending/changing favorites (like, Grey’s Anatomy, with Sandra Oh leaving, feels like it could’ve merited one), or reunions of old shows, but I’m not entirely sure I think The Originals — in the midst of its first season — necessarily needed to come to the party yet. I don’t begrudge it; I just don’t really get the point. Having said that: HOORAY FOR OUTFITS, and cute men in suits, so invite whomever you want, PaleyFest planners.

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Golden Globes Fugs and Fabs: Black Gowns


I came away from the Globes thinking about all the pops of color, but it turns out there was a lot of Voldemort’s favorite there also.

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People’s Choice Awards Well Played, Nina Dobrev


Apparently Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder won the People’s Choice Award for best on-screen chemistry, which is a tribute both to how good they are on The Vampire Diaries and, I suspect, to the organizational skills of TVD viewers when you’re talking about a fan-voted event (my cousin Joseph Morgan, who is on TVD’s spin-off, The Originals, also won an award [he is great on that show (he is not really my cousin)]). It was also potentially awkward considering that they dated for a long time and have since broken up, but you’ll be relieved (or perhaps saddened, depending on how much you love soapy shenanigans) to see that they behaved like professionals who still have a mutual affection for one another.

Aw, you two crazy kids. Even my cold, hard, icy, flinty heart may have just melted a wee bit.

Let’s look at the rest of Nina’s dress:

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Fugs and Fabs: The Trevor Live Event


Great cause; GREAT look on my face when I saw this photograph. This is the blouse Satan wore in 1982, when he experimented briefly with becoming a woman and read a LOT of Jackie Collins and Barbara Taylor Bradford for inspiration.

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Teen Choice Awards Fug or Fab Carpet: Nina Dobrev


I know she’s wearing makeup, but seriously, you can’t make skin like that out of spackle. I think… I need to drink more water. Yes, that’s it. Water. And then also see if putting a brick on my accelerator while the car is in reverse will somehow make the miles come off. Are we sure that didn’t work, Ferris?

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Well Played Cover: Nina Dobrev on Cosmopolitan


This cover idea is weird: “Okay, picture it: Nina Dobrev… FIXING HER SHOE. She squats, she acts like her foot came out… listen, all the kids today are, like, totally putting their shoes back on when they walk out of them. Trust me. It’s real. You’re going to love it.”

The weirder thing is, I do.

Look at her FACE. She is giving massive fierce smizey realness, which I know sounds ridiculous because most Top Model lingo is the opposite of real. (Also, Tyra Banks should co-opt that phrase and use it to title her autobiography. I would buy Massive Fierce Smizey Realness.) But the fact that Nina can hold this awkward pose, make it look almost graceful and as if maybe she actually is slipping her foot back into her shoe, and do so with that fantastic alluring expression… that’s pretty advanced stuff. That’s what Miss Tyra dreams of at night when she closes her eyes and sees visions of fledgling models dancing in her head. Nina looks like every bit the strong, single, badass heartbreaker that the cover line defines her as.

Even better: The hot pink and yellow motif makes her black-and-white houndstooth pop, and the way the text fits around her body emphasizes how surprisingly sexy the shoe-fix squat is. (I like that Joanna Coles’s Cosmo is stepping away from having every subject attempt the same pose every week. We still get the windblown hair and the confident attitude; we just don’t have to get it via a cookie cutter.) And finally, only one of the cover lines is about what people should do in the bedroom, and NONE of them beg me to converse with my genitals and/or offer up any cute synonyms for them. THAT would be a victory even if Nina Dobrev looked disastrous. Happily, she looks the opposite.

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