Critics Choice Fug or Fab Carpet: Michelle Williams


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First, Busy Philipps both looks very pretty, and as if she wants to throw up all over the photographer. Whereas Michelle Williams here just looks mildly terrified, like you just told her that Mia Farrow is planning to hunt her down and shoot her with a tranq dart.

The dress is certainly interesting — a departure from the usual semi-twee frocks she chooses, but not exactly a break from the white or black-and-white motif it feels like she favors nowadays. It does look like she got bored and donned a day dress over a longer black gown, but I’ll give her that she looks tall and I still love the red hair, and… oh, God, I don’t even know. It’s been a long week and there’s people I haven’t even gotten to yet, and I can barely concentrate on the outfit because I’m trying so hard to figure out what looks different about her face. So vote on the gown and then let’s chat.

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Okay: So is it just me or is there something unusual about Michelle Williams’ face now? It might have been this way for a while and I’m only just noticing because she changed the hair and the brows, but here is a shot of her from 2010:

And here is the close-up of now:

I don’t know that I think she’s had WORK done, necessarily? Maybe she’s just lost weight, a bit? Or she’s fairer, or doing her foundation differently, or I’m being tricked by the hair color…? Or am I crazy? It’s just that her eyes do seem a bit larger now. Perhaps she just magnetized her lids so that they’ll snap tight to her sockets. Yes, I’m sure that’s it. Mystery solved.

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  1. theotherjennifer
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    nose job. looks like she had a bigger bridge in 2010 and it’s smoothed out.

    • PinkieBling
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      I think you hit the nail on the head.

      • Chaiaiai
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        Check out the bridge of her nose, definitely had work done. I think the claim for a subtle brow lift could be substantiated as well.

        LOVE that dress.

    • Amanda
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      Yes, I would have to agree. She also lost weight though.

    • Andrea Karim
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      Oh, you’re right! I was thinking it was just the angle and some weight loss.

    • banga
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      Agreed. Her bridge is thinner. Very nice, subtle work. Also, the normal facial thinning that comes with age makes her cheekbones more prominent. I know because I used to look like Michelle here and now I look like a Shriver.

  2. Sarah
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    It might just be the hair. When I chopped off all of mine, my eyes looked HUGE and my face looked as though the shape was changed.

  3. Beth
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    I think it’s just the weight change. Any time my weight fluctuates I think I look like a different person because it all shows in my face.

  4. batsy
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    thicker eyeliner and eyeshadow methinks.

  5. Kate
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    I think she’s lost weight. I read an interview where she was talking about trying to gain weight for Marilyn, and she just gained it in the face, not the hips.

  6. Annie E
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    Looks like a combination of weight loss, smiling differently, and sucking in her cheeks a bit.

    I would like this dress soooo much better without the belt.

    • Breda
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      Yeah, she always used to look like she was happy when she smiled. Now she looks like she’s smiling because it’s expected, and that shows differently on her face. I mean, the old photo looks like she can barely stop herself from grinning, but now she looks pained.

      I hope it’s not that she’s actually depressed. She’s so talented and lovely, and while that obviously doesn’t prevent you from feeling sad, it does make me wish her well.

      • Ca
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        I totally agree. I think she has this really subtle work done as the first comments pointed out. But, to me, she just looks terribly sad. Like when she smiles it doesn’t show in her eyes.

  7. Béa
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    She looks the same to me and I don’t think she had anything done. She’s fairer, a little slimmer, the hairdo changes everything and I think her brows are smaller too.
    Too bad about the dress.It looks absolutely lovely from the waist up. I don’t understand the added length. It looks so out of place.

  8. emmms
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    I think she’s just grown into her face. The shape of my face has completely changed over the last few years, especially since I entered my 30s. My features have become sharper and it becomes even more pronounced when my weight shifts over the course of the month.

    She doesn’t strike me as the type that would get work done, not at this age in any case. It seems more likely that any change in her features is simply be the result of changing the shape of her hair (fully agree with Sarah) and getting older (even if she is only, what, 30? 31? Not baby-faced 25, in any case).

    • SaraK
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      I agree, emmms. My face got a lot more angular over just a couple of months when I lost weight in my late 20s and it stayed that way even when I gained some back. Now it’s gotten even more so…my face shape looks really different from 10-15 years ago and if anyone was paying attention they might wonder if I got work done. Luckily I’m not famous so nobody cares, so long as I don’t look like I’m crazeballs.

  9. Kaisu
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    very subtle brow lift.. extremely well done.. possibly some refinement of the bridge of the nose (if true.. also extremely good work) and a teeny tiny tuck to lift the lower face. I want the name of her surgeon!

  10. sarah
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    She looks mostly the same to me. It is very hard to compare pictures from different angles. She also seems to have lost more than a bit of weight (not that she needed to). For example, even if you just look at her arms, they are significantly smaller now.

  11. Beth
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    I truly think it’s just a difference in makeup. Her eye makeup seems for pronounced in the recent photo. Plus, she may be a bit slimmer as well.

  12. Gine
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    Weight loss. I’ve got a round-ish face too, and when I lose weight I look drastically different. My face totally changes. Good thing I’m not a celebrity (ha!) or everyone would always be speculating that I was getting nipped and tucked all the time.

    • Anne B
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      This happens to me too. I can actually look older when I’m overweight.

      It’s the only thing I’ve ever had in common with Elizabeth Taylor, which (given the other possible choices) reinforces my theory that God hates me.

    • Margaret
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      weight loss. I heard her say she gained weight for Blue Valentine for the part of the movie that was set later. I’m guessing that is why she looks thinner now.

    • The Other Katherine
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      Co-sign — same here. Even small weight fluctuations make a dramatic difference in my face. Gain or lose 5 pounds and my body looks basically the same, but you can see it in my face.

  13. Susan
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    I think she is very beautiful, and her face looks pretty much the same in both pics. I think she is ONE of the most naturally beautiful actresses there is these days. She don’t need to do anything to her face to be that way. I hope she don’t go and screw around with her beauty it makes the ones who do look so gross.

  14. Christina
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    I think its her nose…there is a change that is subtle, but its still noticeable.

  15. Crystal
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    Fatigue? She looks less luminescent…maybe her makeup is piled on more. I think she is lovely, but her complexion looks a bit more dull in this picture compared to the last. The white background she’s standing against probably doesn’t help either.

  16. ok
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    I thought this kind of unsubstantiated, completely idle, body-obsessed kind of gossip was not something this site engaged in, and was one of the main reasons I come here.

    Poorly done.

    • Orange clouds
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      Step of your pedestal, relax and have a martini on me.

    • Kit
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      it’s not body obsessed, it’s face obsessed.

      And I think most of us, (who are, for the most part pretty aware that it’s not our place or our job and that it can be quite damaging to make comments about other women’s body/shapes); I also think most of us ARE currious about whether people have or have not had work done on their faces.

      And even if we’re not, anyone would be curious when you see someone looking different. It’s natural to then discuss it without be judging about it.

      • Annie
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        Hear, hear! There was similar discussion (I believe) of Nicole Ritchie’s bustline over the summer. It’s not mean or derogatory – simply speculative.

      • Kit
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        Exactly.

    • Heather
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      I don’t think it’s body gossip — for one thing, I never judged her gaining or losing weight, and never suggested it was ever a substantial amount. I do think it’s fair to speculate when someone’s face looks different, but again, you’ll note the post did not judge that.

    • Miss Louise
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      I agree with ok above – this kind of talk is for Awful Plastic Surgery or somewhere like that.

  17. Halo
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    She’s slimmer and older. In your twenties you often have a much fuller, softer face than in your thirties, and that’s even more true for thinner women.

  18. Sajorina
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    I LOVE THIS DRESS WITH A PASSION!!! And, I love her in it; she looks absolutely beautiful! She looks tall, lean, confident, content and comfortable! I don’t think she’s had any work done, but I can tell that she’s thinner & pale and the changes to her hair & eyebrows make her look different! Now, since I, like Michelle, am busty and pale, I can tell you that with the weightloss her boobs have gotten smaller, so she looks less top heavy and since she doesn’t have a tan, she needs more makeup than before to not look washed out in pictures!

  19. Sarah
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    I love how she and Busy are best friends. They seem so different [I'm assuming that Busy is a perfect cross between Laurie from Cougartown and Kim Kelly] and it pleases me that they’re friends.

  20. lor
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    nose + slimmer + older + different eye makeup

    All very subtle & well done!

  21. Samantha
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    I think this is my favorite thing that she has worn. EVER. I covet it. Also, I agree with those who think that she’s just older. You lose a certain amount of softness in your features, somehow.

  22. Scully
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    Maybe she succumbed to the infomercial for Eye Magic eye lifters. The ladies on them are pretty hypnotic with their crazy, wide-open eyes. Otherwise I’d say hair style, age, and paler complexion. When I had a pixie cut my facial features looked much larger.

  23. Claire Zulkey
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    All I know is that her facial expressions irrationally bug me. She never looks actually happy but has this “Serene-r than you” thing going on.

  24. Liz985
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    Weight loss – definitely. Hair color (lovely, by the way). Paler skin (Brooklyn winters will do that to ya).

  25. Donna
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    She looks stiff, slightly frozen. Botox or that sort of thing? Shame, she’s only 30, but plenty of people in the industry start with that stuff in their early twenties.

  26. Seso
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    With the lighter hair and false lashes she look different, that’s all :)

  27. Sophie
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    she looks hungry…

  28. Megan
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    I really can’t tell if she’s lost weight, is using different makeup, or had REALLY good plastic surgery. As others have said, it could just be her haircut, too.

    It doesn’t help that she looks like she’s about to cry.

    I actually love her dress, and for some reason, it seems a bit vintage to me. But yeah, she looks so different from just a few years ago.

  29. Billie
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    I love this look, and am so glad it has structure, not some beachy rag dress.

  30. maryse
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    i think it’s the hair and the fact that she’s just a little bit older.

  31. Anne B
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    Michelle is lovely, and I have no further comments on makeup or hair or anything like that.

    But I am gonna go ahead and Fab this look, because (1) it looks neat, (2) it’s different, and most of all (3) it says very clearly, “No, I am not Marilyn.”

    Well played, kid. :)

  32. Kit
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    She MIGHT have had the bridge of her nose shaved a bit; but mostly I think it’s just age and weight loss sharpening up her features a bit.

  33. klp
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    I agree that she’s gotten older and lost weight, and that accounts for the differences in her face. Plus, with the shorter hair style you can see her ears! She’s also started “concealing” her very round shoulders–with structured dresses like this one or dresses with very wide necks. I somehow think all of the above changes her face, making her look different overall.

  34. Madhuri
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    Friends, it’s called the aging process. Trust me: your 30-something face looks nothing like your 20-something face. And now that I’m 40…whoa.

    • pidget
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      Confirmed. It’s like you lose a bit of airbrushing, and all the angles pop out. I look VERY different than when in my 20s, especially if I have no hair to hide behind.

  35. Megan F
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    I guess I don’t know why it matters. Plastic surgery isn’t a reflection of the person she is nor does it impact her performance in her chosen profession. I love reading GFY and understand that the very premise of the blog is to evaluate people’s appearances, but really… if her cheeks were slightly less chubby and her brow a little lower would the dress look any different? I thought that was the point.

    • Anne B
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      I agree that it’s not my place to judge what other people do with their bodies (all of my older kid’s friends are illustrated to the virtual hilt), but I think it’s possible that an actor’s plastic surgery has a negative effect on his or her performance.

      The last Nicole Kidman film I paid to watch is The Others, in part because the work she’s had done since that time is distracting to me. In fact, earlier this week I saw a photo on this site of an acclaimed younger actress with that same frozen look. This upset me. What upset me more was that no one else seemed to catch the change in her, which to me was obvious, and ominous.

      My reaction had nothing to do with GFY at all. I was just reminded of the insecurity of women in this field, one that requires them to represent the rest of us. The aging, worrying, all-too-human rest of us. I don’t see how that verisimilitude is possible, if women in media need to erase all signs of life from their faces. How can a woman continue to act when her face no longer can?

      For the record, I don’t think that Michelle has had work done. But I am fairly sure she will, if only because productions that go for unaltered faces (think Mad Men) are in the definite minority.

      Sad.

      • Kit
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        I agree with everything you’ve said here.

        In better news though, Nicole has eased up considerably on the botox work since having Sunday Rose, and at the most recent pictures I’ve seen of her (at the CMAs or something like) she had actual. wrinkles. around her eyes on on her forehead. I couldn’t even look at what she was wearing after that, I was so pleased about her face. :)

    • Heather
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      Please note that the post itself does not judge her for anything; merely asks what looks different, because that’s something people wonder. Yes, we primarily write about the clothes, but it’s all from a lens of packaging as well — the red carpet is selling an image, so we think any part of that image is fair game to wonder about. We stay away from judging weight, but we’re talking like five pounds here, MAX, and also, we weren’t judging it — just wondering if that’s why her facial contours seem a bit different, or if she had something tweaked. Which we weren’t saying was good or bad either.

      • Aj
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        I think this is a disingenuous comment — you are “merely asking” what looks different? As if that is somehow more ok and less judgmental in a fashion context than “doesn’t she look too thin? too fat?” You “wonder” but don’t “judge” — but you are soliciting opinions as if that can be done without making judgements.

        It’s semantics and badly done.

  36. Heather Allen
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    False eyelashes, paler, and lost weight.

  37. Christy
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    Hummm, I thought the first photo was of Renee Z….so what the heck do I know?

    • ceecee
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      That’s exactly what I thought. She’s doing some of that mouth-pucker thing Renee does.

  38. Miranda
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    All questions and whatnot aside, I am freaked OUT by how much she looks like a friend of mine in the last picture. Eek. I hope my friend’s boyfriend isn’t about to tragically die.

  39. Esmom
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    The main difference I see is a darker eye color. Dark contacts? But why?

  40. Emily
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    I think it’s the shiny makeup vs. the matt makeup. And aging a few years.

  41. nina
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    Looks like weight loss and some bleached eyebrows. Lighter eyebrows make people look super different, I think.

    • lc
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      Bingo! I was looking for someone to say this. Lighter eyebrows are making her eyes stand out more and weight loss even 10 lbs, would show in her face. As for the dress, I’m on the fence. Not totally liking it, but it is flattering on her.

  42. Siobhan
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    I don’t know if anyone has mentioned this yet but isn’t it her chin? I seems to me she has less of a chin. Crazy???

  43. poppy
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    I think she had the good sense to hire a better make up artist.

  44. liz
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    Looking closely at old and new … looks like she does filler and botox. Maybe her face reacted a bit differently this time. She hasn’t got a crease or wrinkle on her face, and she’s too old not to have anything.

  45. msd
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    I love this site and I’ve been reading it for many, many years but I agree with the people who are critical of this post. You encouraged people to speculate about whether she’s had plastic surgery or not and then acted all surprised when it came up. (“Who, us?” ) Sorry, not cool. Leave that crap to bitchy gossip sites, please.

  46. Chris
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    Either a fabulous nose job (the upper bridge area is much thinner) or her weight loss thinned that area out in her face. I wasn’t aware you could lose weight in your nose, so I am going to go with a very well done nose job. And no judgement here – she looks great either way and as long as she is happy with herself, its all good.

  47. Amy
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    Better makeup and botox

  48. Libby
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    Okay, I just spent way too much time on this, but comparing this ( http://gofugyourself.com/well-played-michelle-williams-4-01-2012/2012-palm-springs-international-film-festival-awards-gala-arrivals-6 ) photo of her from a couple of days ago (which has a virtually identical angle as the new one) I’d say it’s maybe a couple of pounds, but mostly just hair and makeup differences.

  49. Musicalfish
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    Gawd she’s gorgeous, but if she doesn’t start teeth smiling a little more often she’s well on her way to a scary case of Zelwegger Face. I hate that controlled/Ew what smells face. I like my celebrities to look like they’re freakin’ happy to be celebrities.
    Oh and I like the dress, but would have taken the black drape at the bottom off. Feels more vintage without it.

  50. julie Walsh
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    She looks real different, as if she’s been improved somehow. But I would say she definitely lost some weight (much needed) and had a good change of make-up. Face less round, less chubby. She is incredible.

  51. julie Walsh
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    A classy lady all around…and what an actress!!

  52. Fi
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    She’s lost weight AND lightened her brows. Opens up the face and makes the eyes appear larger. The makeup helps too.

    Not sure about surgery, but certainly looking lovely.

  53. filmcricket
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    Whatever it is, it can’t be the hair, because she’s had that cut for ages. It’s only the colour that’s different. And I thought I was on board with it, but I’ve decided I prefer her as a platinum blonde.

    Love the dress – the bottom of it is a little strange, but I think without the length it would be too day-timey. The bodice and shoulders are exquisite, though.

  54. Mahastee
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    She looks the same to me, but with different hair and makeup. Whatever. She’s stunning.

    I love the dress, even though I can totally see the white office dress over the goth skirt.

  55. jenny
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    I tell you, changing your brows does CRAZY things. I’m 99% sure that and make up is all it is. Love that dress on her…

  56. jenny
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    PS: Now that you’re making me look at her face so closely…OMG are her mouth/lips great. Why have I never noticed that? Now you made me jealous for things I can’t have.

  57. ilsashewolf
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    I can’t tell if she’s had work done, but she’s starting to become a dead ringer for Saffron Burrows.

  58. Hedstan
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    I think the nose work is a definite possibility, but it`s hard to tell from the angles of the 2 photos. I`m less certain about the brow lift. Is it possible there`s a very subtle cheek implant going on? The fullness in her cheeks seems to have shifted upward and that hardly ever happens as one ages.

  59. yeahandalso
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    That still looks like Jen Lindley to me

  60. Lavender
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    Looks like she had a nose job, but a very subtle one.

  61. just a thought
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    I really think it’s eyeliner. She hasn’t ever really done dark liner that I’ve seen before. Maybe it is a little less weight, but it seems like a makeup thing to me.

  62. jean
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    I can’t believe there isn’t a fun shot of her with Busy Philips, yet ANOTHER Dawson Creek alum. Say what you will, those producers recognized young talent. I think it’s just being older and make-up. Why go through the pain of a nose job at her age? I can understand an eyelid tuck or something subtle (although her eyes look the same to me, just different make-up/brows).

    I love her dress too. Not everyone could wear that and that’s why I love it. It’s not merely pretty. SWINTON could rock it too. In SWINTON size, of course.

  63. Lindsay
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    i betcha anything she has had no work done. i am willing to chalk it up entirely to the fact that her eyebrows are tinted.

  64. Ellie
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    People’s faces get longer and leaner as they age. It just happens.

    Case in point: I was fairly heavy when I was in my early 20s. If I compare a photo of me now in my mid 30s (I’m working off the second round of post-baby weight and am about the same on the scale as I was then), my face looks leaner now because it is no longer as youthfully round as it once was. I look thinner because of the face illusion even though I am not.

    So I don’t think she’s had work done.

  65. Lo
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    Eyelash extensions or falsies so you can’t see as much of her lids, also the makeup and hair gives her face different angles.

  66. kate
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    Nose Job.
    No question.

  67. NYCGirl
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    The black skirt bugs me, but even without it, the shoulders still would make the dress look like a baseball jersey.

  68. putzmaroon
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    I really don’t think she has had anything done and how can you compare the pictures really when the camera angles are completely different? Plus, she’s smiling in a different way, her hair is different, her eye make-up is different, she’s lost weight etc. If you compare this pic from Oct 2011: http://gofugyourself.com/fug-or-fab-michelle-williams-2-10-2011/15th-annual-hollywood-film-awards-gala-presented-by-starz-red-carpet-3 not so long ago she looks far more similar to the earlier pic and I can’t imagine she’s had work since then, probably she’s just lost weight with awards season coming up.
    Wow I need to get a life.

    • Liz
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      I totally agree. I think she just lost all the weight she gained from playing Marilyn Monroe.

  69. Renée Z.
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    she had a nose job and forehead botox (the latter is responsible for her eyes looking larger):

    http://www.mydochub.com/blog/index.php/2011/11/25/michelle-williams-plastic-surgery-nose-job-and-marilyn-monroe-role/

  70. Rubee
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    I think if she had something done, it was very subtle and very well accomplished and as long as she looks so beautiful… who cares? She looks majestic on that dress and in no minor degree due to the clean frame her red pixie provides to her face. I guess the typical starlet with long, blond hair would have looked in costume.

  71. MP
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    I see the differences in her makeup and hair. I have seen brown makeovers on TV before and they do change your look a lot. Her brow shape is slightly altered and the brows are now dyed to match her hair color. The change in hair color is contributing to her looking more fair I think. Her makeup has changed emphasis from cheeks to eyes. The eye makeup (liner/lower lid shadow?) has gotten slightly darker and more pronounced. I can see the slight weight loss others are suggesting as well. Maybe she’s made some lifestyle changes over the past couple years.