Fug/Fab Face-Off: Katy Perry vs. Rihanna


I’m not entirely sure this is the same dress her bestie Rihanna wore back in January 2011, but it’s definitely close. It’s kin. It’s a cousin. They are siblings separated at birth who walk into a room and are like, “Damn, am I looking at my own face?” They are a Lifetime movie.

It looks less mysteriously frumpy on Katy, for sure, but it’s still not what I’d call attractive. And her decaying purple roots and vixenish plum lips give her a strange aging Goth look. The whole thing suggests she’s about to open a shop on Austin’s Sixth Street full of pervy novelties and a back room of sex toys, because shh, don’t look now, but fleecing drunk college kids is the only way she can stand being up past midnight.

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  1. Jules
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    I am so so so glad I got lazy and decided to go auburn instead of purple (lots of upkeep work) the last time I did my hair. I might look 35 and average (which I am), but at least I don’t look like fading desperation.

  2. val.
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    She looks kind of like a goth mummy. But the dress is super flattering on her, so at least there’s that.

  3. Caitlin M
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    Look, I don’t approve (and what’s with the visible bra straps?), but she looks worlds better than Rihanna did in the red/nude mesh monstrosity.

  4. ortenzia
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    how do you walk in that dress? do you just move in tiny, tiny steps like a geisha? i hate dresses that look like leg-cones.

  5. Lynne
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    Okay, don’t hate me but I sort of like this. I mean, it’s a bit rock and roll but not skanky. Don’t get me wrong. I still hate the sheer cutouts trend but if the startlets insist on wearing it, this doesn’t suck.

    Also, I unashamedly love her purple hair. I think it looks great on her. (Although yes, she needs to refresh the roots.)

    • Riley
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      Yeah, I kind of don’t hate the dress (or the hair for that matter) but the styling is wrong on all points – if she would ditch the fug courtesan shoes and random jewelry and tone down the makeup we might be in business.

  6. neiges
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    She looks like a tacky curtain whose dream is to be in a Tim Burton movie.

  7. Art Eclectic
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    Those dresses are so ugly I keep looking for the name Stella McCarthy to appear somewhere in their vicinity.

  8. Stefanie
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    “I bind you Nancy….from doing harm against yourself….and harm against others…”

    • Avalon Von Nyx
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      She looks like a teenage Morticia Addams – when shes young, stupid and rebellious. Also angsty.

    • Kit
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      Whatever happened to that actress who starred in that movie? I loved it… :)

      • E
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        Me too! She plays Lisbon on the Mentalist now.

        • Kit
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          oh!!! So funny – I don’t watch that show regularly (at all, really, I hate the guy who plays the main character, although I loved him in Prada) and I *thought* she looked familiar, but I couldn’t place her. Thanks for that!

  9. TaraMisu
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    I don’t mind this at all….. I do mind the purple hair tho.

  10. Anita
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    The pruple hair is more flattering than the pink or the blue. I still don’t understand why you’d dye it a loud funky colour and then fail to keep it looking fresh.

  11. Ruth
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    I think Katy looks great in the dress, but the dress should have ended at the lower thighs without more sheer parts. The sheer works up top, but not below.

  12. Carol
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    The shoes look interesting … the dress is blech … as is the hair … it’s a tragedy that such a pretty girl goes to such great lengths to look strange.

  13. Mahastee
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    Katy’s hair and makeup made me think I was looking at my OWN 19 year old face.

    Hers works better because of the added length and the all-important bra!

  14. Veronica
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    I actually kind of like this on her. She usually goes for retro instead of vampy, so it’s interesting to see a different look on her.

  15. vandalfan
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    Hated it on RiRi, hate it on KP.

  16. Rubee
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    The only really wrong thing I see in this outfit is her obnoxious persona… She’s so out there! I think she should pull off a GaGa an kind of disappear for a while.

  17. guerra
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    Hair & make up are terrible – you do not need that much foundation!!

  18. Valeria
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    The dress is pretty much heinous but I voted for Katy because she chose to wear a brassiere and we should encourage ladies out in public to wear appropriate foundation garments – thank you Ms. Perry!

  19. soapstef
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    It’s ok for her. This week she doesn’t look over 40! I call that a win. She’s looking a little like Eva Green in this one. Always a good thing.

  20. Gina
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    Do you have to buy a dress color that matches your hair color when you buy that little number?

  21. Sketchy
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    I think the main difference between the two is that the boob strap on Katy’s is wider so she could wear some supporting garments under there. Rihanna’s made her bust line look like my grannie’s.

  22. Bored in LA
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    Katy is lookin’ rough in that picture

  23. Mair Mair
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    ATx shout out! Even if it is to one of my least favorite parts of town.

    • Marigold
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      In all fairness, she’d have better luck on Red River or 7th… And aging goth is definitely what I thought, except she’s an aging goth losing her gothy edge.

  24. Claire Zulkey
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    I sorta have a hard time believing that Katy and Rihanna are truly friends. Like it seems like some sort of elaborate gag they have set up where when they see each other at events they’re like “Hey! It’s my “best friend!” Ha ha!” But they don’t talk at all in real life.

  25. Shiitake
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    How much longer will she be in mourning for being a damned fool?

  26. Lily1214
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    Too Vampira. Remember Vampira?