Unfug It Up: Rooney Mara


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Yikes. Surely Rooney Mara’s hair looks like this because she’s about to film another Girl With the Dragon Tattoo movie, yes?

Parenthetically, that movie looks great, judging from the previews, and she looks like a bad ass in it – not at all like the girl who broke up with Jesse Eisenberg in the opening scene of The Social Network (although, actually, that girl was also kind of awesome). I know she had to change her hair dramatically, and she’s talked about having to lose weight for the role as well, and I’m sure it can be tough to dress yourself for events when you’re still bodily In Character. That said, I actually think this look (although it’s kind of ghastly at the moment) can be saved. The first step, I think, might be to swap out her lipstick. That is Bad-Ass Shit-Kicker lipstick, and this is a 1936 Garden Party dress — her head looks like it should be hacking into my bank account while her body is getting ready to dance with someone who might turn out to be a secret Nazi sympathizer (although, in fairness, that girl is going to need to kick some ass at some point as well).  But let’s try a more neutral lip color and make the dress a deeper pink, and we might be in business. What do you think?

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  1. Beth
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    You’re completely right with the lipstick. If that’s not quite doing it (the hair color is so dark, and the bangs are so blunt), I’d try pulling the bangs off my forehead with a headband. I’m doing that now with too-short bangs, and it’s working pretty well to make them look less severe.

  2. Sandra
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    I agree. The dress needs not to be the same color as her skin tones and it could be fitted much better through the torso, but otherwise is lovely. That and giving Dita von Teese’s makeup kit back to her should fix the whole thing.

  3. Stefanie
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    Looks to me like someone has been borrowing Paz’s lipstick and that makeup bag is one place no sane person wants to venture.

  4. Melody
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    She looks like a Star Trek: The Next Generation character.

  5. LG
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    Really? I actually… love this. I think the whole thing is very early 20s. If you held a gun to my head, I MIGHT tell her to go a shade redder on the lip and a shade color-er on the dress. She looks striking and dramatic and lithe and not at all Normal Human Being which is just what I’m looking for in a Hollywood Person.

    • JJ
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      I agree with LG, I actually think this works really well, and is very 1920s flapper, why try to normalize that not normal hair style? I think my only suggestion would be a different shoe, in a different color.

      • Sandala
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        Hear, hear! I think she looks beautiful!

      • Alexandra
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        I agree. I like the hair and the makeup. It gives her an unusual vintage look which I think she pulls off quite well. I think a metallic shoe would be better, though.

    • Basia
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      I really like it too. I think she is really working the 20/30′s thing, beautifully, in fact. It’s very chic and kinda like 70′s NYC…love the lipstick and the dramatic hair, too. I think the understated dress pulls the whole thing together.

    • Hazel
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      I agree, I find myself loving this look. I think she looks beautiful and dramatic and incredibly striking. I love the contrast of her simple, pretty dress with that hair.

    • Colleen
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      Ditto. I’m in love with this look and would do it myself in a flash if i was young enough to pull it off. Alas, I would only look like I was trying too hard.

    • Samantha
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      I love it. She’s carrying herself really well. She wore the dress she loved and worked with what she had for something very ethereal, interesting, and kinda bad ass.

  6. mare
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    I actually don’t mind the dark lip, though it is overmuch with the nude-coloured dress. If the dress was a bolder colour, I think it would work fine. Or even a darker neutral – imagine if the dress had been slate blue instead, she would have been still very retro late 1930s and yet the lip would have been less draining. Or a dusty red.

    Either of those colours would be acceptable for her secret life fighting against the fascists in the Spanish Civil War.

    • Emily
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      I would be very down with this whole look if the dress (and maybe the shoes?) were a nice slate blue. I kinda dig her crazy hair and dark lipstick — her face is arresting and interesting and not at all boring. She is very, very thin, but all the interviews have been about how she’s specifically doing that for this role, and I trust she’ll have the sense to gain it back, Christian Bale style, when she’s done being Lisbeth.

  7. G
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    She just needs a lighter shade of red, and to brush the bangs a bit with her fingers to make them less severe looking. Maybe something different with the eye color, but not necessary.

  8. Sam
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    I agree about the lip color although this is a VAST improvement of earlier photos of her with that haircut (including her Vogue cover shoot). Here it seems as if she is starting to grow it out.

  9. Cristina
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    I like it. I suspect the whole thing looked better in person, but it’s still pretty. I’m a fan of more “severe” looks, though, so your mileage may vary.

  10. Sonya
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    Call me crazy (or psycho) but I like this. She has the crazy hair now, so why not go for crazy dark lipstick and offset it with a super girly dress? She is probably tired of wearing black.
    If I were to change anything it would be those boring shoes.

  11. Aria
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    Lose the dark lip. Also, with her hair such dark color, and with fair skin, I say she should’ve gone for a deeper toned dress, like a pretty plum. And I get that the bangs may be part of her role, but if she could make them look less bowl cut, that would help. If not, I say let down the back part of her hair — that is, if it is actually pulled back, I’m not sure how short she had to go for the role. Point is, with severe color and bangs, some softness around the face would help.

  12. Miranda
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    I think if the shoes were cooler she might be swimming in SWINTONian waters. That’s probably just me, though. I actually have no problem with the lipstick.

    • Miranda
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      I should add, though, that I would really like her to eat something, and spend some time in the sun. Not in a “EW UR PALE GET A TAN LOL” way, in a “YOU NEED VITAMIN D TO LIVE” way.

    • Samantha
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      “SWINTONian waters” – love it.

  13. SLM
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    @LG – totally agree. I think she looks fab.

  14. Jamie
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    I think a nude lip would make it too twee, and if the dress were as badass as the lip, she’d look like she escaped from the Kit Kat Klub (how have the Kardashians not latched on to that yet?). The look is definitely a bit startling, but I think she’s working it.

  15. vandalfan
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    It’s snowing outside here, people. Put a turtleneck sweater underneath, stick her feet in slouchy shearling-lined boots, and cover her with a beige peacoat and warm gloves. I’m cold just looking at her.

  16. Rachel
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    I think a lighter lipstick and pinning her bangs back (in a cute way), would have made her look ten times better.
    I’m sure the movie will be just fine and she’ll be just fine in it, just not as good as Noomi Rapace in the original Dragon Tattoo series.

  17. melanie
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    I think it would be fine if the bangs weren’t so crooked.

  18. victoria
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    Normally I hate blunt bangs, hate black lipstick, hate flesh-toned dresses, but I LOVED this look. This look took my breath away. She may be the only human being on the planet who could pull this off. (Those shoes are unforgivable though.)

  19. Gretchen
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    I think she could go a shade or two lighter on the lippy and darker on the dress. Also, I like the overall feel of the dress, but with that dramatic of a weight loss I think she should find something that fits a bit better up top. She looks to “sack of bones” with how unsupported this dress is. There is a fine line between “baggy chic” and “sacky mcundernourished” and I think she came down on the wrong side (slightly).

  20. ok
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    I think she looks fabulous. Sometimes people don’t have to look “pretty” in order to be beautiful.

  21. Faith
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    I read the article about her (and the director of the movies, although I can’t remember that dude’s name right now…) in the latest Vogue, and it really, really helped make sense of a LOT of what you might see her out and about in for the next couple of years. Her hair has to remain that way because of her character and the ongoing filming of the trilogy, yes. She is not a girly-girl to begin with, apparently, but the fact that she’s playing a role of a girl who is supposed to be shaped somewhat boyishly pushes her even further into more of a daily jeans and t-shirt type of look right now as well.

    Her photos in Vogue were freaking amazing. You guys should check it out! The article was very good, too. Really enlightening. I don’t think I’ll be able to watch that movie after reading about it, actually…

    And I’m with the others that think she looks great here. Very pretty.

  22. Mongerel
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    I like the way the bangs look in the closeup. Glossy as mink and looking like they were cut one hair at a time. Hate the dress altogether, it’s too fay. And I can’t be sure, but this photo looks like it was taken in the dark, and this dress is just inappropriate for evening. Doubly hate the shoes that call attention to her poor poor poor poor feet.

  23. regina
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    come on guys. i dont get how you can even comment on the garment as her body is literally decaying. she looks sick. sick and starved. like many other celeb girls though.

    • lusucanna
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      I think you’re exaggerating slightly. She’s just slim, which is emphasised by the cut and colour of the dress.

      • megan
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        yeah I don’t think she is thattt thin – She is trying to emulate the original girl with a drangon tatto who was very petite. On another note why are they remaking this movie? The originals are amazing!!

    • steen
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      I’m sorry to talk about body issues, I know we are not supposed to focus on that, but between this shot and her magazine cover that’s out right now, I’m kind of worried for her. This seems to be dramatically thin.

  24. lynn
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    I also think she looks terrific. The entire outfit is compelling. You go from the very feminine shoes, to the soft pleats, to the strong V of the neckline, finished up by the severe lipstick and bangs. There is just something about this that makes me look.

  25. schadenfreudelicious
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    i actually love this look, agree that the dress should be a darker shade but that’s just nitpicking at this point.

  26. Lynne
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    Actually the only thing I might do is tailor the bodice a bit more. It’s rather hanging off of her. She’s got the Lisbeth vibe wherever she goes now. This wouldn’t be my choice but I like that she’s a bit on the edgy side. Let her have fun with it, right?

    Oh, I’m sorry. The other thing I would fix is her godawful posture! I hate to be a nagging auntie about it, but the shoulder hunching makes me nuts. Stand up straight, girl. You look like a victim of something.

  27. mary lou bethune
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    She looks like she might have an interior life, so I like her. She doesn’t look like your average starlet, so that’s in her favor, too. Well done!~

    • LG
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      “like she might have an interior life” YES. This is the thing that makes me interested in celebs too, and I just could never put my finger on it! Cf., unexpectedly, Victoria Beckham.

  28. dvj
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    Lisbeth, as noted is supposed to be boyish, and also tiny. She has to be that skinny for the role (no way to make her shrink vertically, though). It is unfortunate that what she is doing for a role is the same thing many celebs do for . . . some reason, that I assume reflects being inside the industry, because they look like crap.

    I hope she doesn’t become addicted to that skinniness, and the validation she is probably getting for it from the cult of the collar bone. I put my faith in the power of carbs.

  29. Kit
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    I just want less neutral make-up; maybe something less day-of-the-dead/er – fresh pinky, perhaps?

  30. witjunkie
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    I just kinda wish she’d painted her nails. Toe and finger.

  31. eleanorm
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    I really like the look too, but I would push it just a little bit further–a long string of delicate jet would bring the dark glamour to her dress and hit home the 20′s.

  32. Suki
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    I think she looks great but the dress should have more color. She looks like she would be a very pretty woman.

  33. Dazie
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    Yes with the hair and the lips, the dress would be great in a color, and whoever said paint the nails? I’m with you.

    I love a good 20s vibe, and she’s got one started.

  34. Sara
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    i actually really love this. but not the shoes. dislike the shoes. really not a fan of shoes with just that one thin strap over the toes. I think I’d go for bronze with this. warm it up a bit.

  35. LMM
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    I think this looks 90s throwback, in a good way.

  36. Bella
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    I like the dress. Hair and makeup are horrible, though. I saw pics of this girl and she really is pretty. Softer hair and makeup would make this a winner.

  37. Sajorina
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    Her look is too strong! Her head says “bold”, but her body says “soft”! I think she’s who they’re refferring to in the song “A Whiter Shade of Pale”!

  38. Tuuli
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    With darker shoes and a bodice better fitted this would’ve been great! I really like the mute film heroine vibe and the combination on harsh and soft with the colours.

    However I think she’s way too thin, regardless of the role. Noomi Rapace kicked some serious ass as Lisbeth Salander and she wasn’t this thin, not even close. So claiming that losing this much weight is something that has to bee done for the role doesn’t really cut it.

    But I’d imagine that this must be difficult for her. Rapace was so good as Lisbeth, everyone is going to be comparing them and I don’t think Rooney Mara will stand a chance… But in the other hand, I’ve never understood this American obsession of re-filming contemporary tv-shows and movies that were already good in the first place. When has the remake ever been better than the original?

    • Faith
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      Well, one reason why we re-do TV shows and movies from other countries is because lots of us wouldn’t have seen them otherwise. I had no idea that the trilogy had already been made into a movie/movies before I read the Vogue article I’d mentioned in my previous comment.

      I didn’t know that Being Human wasn’t an original show from America when I began watching it a year ago on SyFy.

      I can say that I watched the British version of The Office before they released the American version, and it made it pretty much impossible for me to enjoy it because I loved the Brit version too much.

      But really, I don’t see this “remake” as anything different from many different versions of things like Pride & Prejudice, or what have you. It’s a book. People are going to make movies based on it. Wasn’t the original in Swedish? That right there will cut a fair amount of the audience off from it, as I’d venture a guess that a majority of English-speaking people prefer to see movies in their native tongue.

      Etc, etc…

      • megan
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        I’m australian and we all saw the trilogy and was a major succes (we all speak english) The original was so good I dont know how the remake will even compare. It would be like remaking Harry potter lol

  39. Julia
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    i actually quite like this look and i’m a fan of skinny but she looks downright emaciated.

  40. 'Mela
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    Matching Ostrich boa around the neck, to complete this gorgeous look…

    But please lose the “deer in headlights” expression, you are posing, not caught with your hand in the till!

  41. Lina
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    I’d dye the dress a deep purple, change the shoes, and leave the rest…but then I really dislike the look of peach fabric on pale skin, unless the wearer is that rare redhead who can pull it off. I do love that her face and hair are so striking, though. Kudos for having a memorable look.

  42. rachel
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    I actually love it as is. Very 20s, very dramatic and fun.

  43. Tegan
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    I actually love how dramatic the lipstick is in comparison with her floaty, feminine dress. What I do have a problem with, however, is her choice of footwear. Those remind me of a pair I wore to all of my spring choir concerts in middle school. She should have either made the dress floor length and hid those Sunday school monstrosities or hightailed it to her local Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin, Brain Atwood etc. boutique and picked up a fabulous pair of kickers. Why is it that, with such fabulous footwear options at their disposal, celebrities insist on looking like they just ran to the corner Payless at the last minute because they completely forgot about the “No shoes, no service” policy? Why?

  44. Darcie
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    It’s the shoes! If they were darker (and not open toed) then it would tie in what’s happening on her head with the rest of the outfit.

  45. Halo
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    I hate this. The colors of her dress and lips are both unflattering, and her bangs are harsh. It’s just an agressive look that I don’t find at all attractive. But I’m one of the few who liked Gwen Stefani’s oragami dress, so take that as you will.

  46. Frog
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    If the dress was cobalt blue or teal, the dark lipstick would work better.

  47. dee cee
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    She dressed for a serious kick ass date at MacArthur Park later?

    Spring was never waiting for us, girl
    It ran one step ahead
    As we followed in the dance
    Between the parted pages and were pressed,
    In love’s hot, fevered iron
    Like a striped pair of pants

    CHORUS
    MacArthur’s Park is melting in the dark
    All the sweet, green icing flowing down…
    Someone left the cake out in the rain
    I don’t think that I can take it
    ’cause it took so long to bake it
    And I’ll never have that recipe again
    Oh, no!

    I recall the yellow cotton dress
    Foaming like a wave
    On the ground around your knees
    The birds, like tender babies in your hands
    And the old men playing checkers by the trees

    CHORUS

    There will be another song for me
    For I will sing it
    There will be another dream for me
    Someone will bring it
    I will drink the wine while it is warm
    And never let you catch me looking at the sun
    And after all the loves of my life
    After all the loves of my life
    You’ll still be the one.

    I will take my life into my hands and I will use it
    I will win the worship in their eyes and I will lose it
    I will have the things that I desire
    And my passion flow like rivers through the sky.
    And after all the loves of my life
    After all the loves of my life
    I’ll be thinking of you
    And wondering why

    MacArthur’s Park is melting in the dark
    All the sweet, green icing flowing down…
    Someone left the cake out in the rain
    I don’t think that I can take it
    ’cause it took so long to bake it
    And I’ll never have that recipe again
    Oh, no!
    Oh, no
    No, no
    Oh NO!! (upon which Harris suffers an irreversible gender change)

  48. Alena
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    I dunno…. I kinda like this. It definately wouldn’t look good on most folks, but I’m digging this whole look on Rooney!

  49. anny
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    @megan – “It would be like remaking Harry potter”
    You just hush up before you give them any ideas.

  50. Veronica
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    The dress washes her out a bit, but I do like the style. I think the makeup is actually working for her – very dramatic yet striking.

  51. NYCGirl
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    The lipstick is definitely the problem.

  52. melissa
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    i LOVE this look

  53. Kristine
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    Not too crazy about the strappy sandals, but I still love it!

  54. Caroleena Stantonova
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    Love all of it except the sandals–could use burnt umber color and wider strap(s).

  55. OnTheCouch
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    I think a smile would have made all the difference in the world.

  56. Vivian
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    Yikes! I hate that hairdo with this outfit. I’d rather see the mohawk and black leather. I think I hate the hairdo period.

  57. CAF
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    I love it! It’s very “Shakespeare’s Sister,” and she, unlike most people, can totally pull it off.

  58. Emily
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    That bowl-cut hair (or at least blunt bangs) is all the rage in Scandinavia right now. I commend her for trying a European look that is really risky in America, because god knows it’s more interesting. Geography aside, I think the graphic contrasts of her hair, lips and skin against the feminine dress and shoes work well.

  59. Stephanie
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    She needs to ruffle that hair up a bit.

  60. mlb
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    She looks scrawny and weird. Cover those bony ribs a bit, lose the clunky shoes, get some colour in the clothes, lose the vampire lippy.

  61. Penny
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    Lisbeth Salander in the book is described as thin, several people think she might be anorexic but she isn’t, she definitely eats, but more importantly she appears childlike in her proportions. The American movie poster showing a naked Lisbeth with Blomquist (Daniel Craig’s) arm around her makes her look like a model – albeit one with tattoos and piercings – and not only does that not match the character in the book physically but it’s a gross violation of the privacy of Lisbeth the character, who would have subsequently hacked into all the details of the private life of director David Fincher, whose idiot idea it was. For this reason, and because he’s apparently changed the ending, a lot of fans of the books are wishing the Swedish movies could be more famous than the American version. Take a look at the two posters side by side:
    Swedish poster – http://www.moviepostershop.com/the-girl-with-the-dragon-tattoo-movie-poster-2009/II6855
    American: http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Girl-With-The-Dragon-Tattoo-Poster-Is-Now-Official-And-Officially-NSFW-25023.html

    But anyway, back to fashion – Rooney Mara is amazingly beautiful although this haircut wouldn’t do many people many favours – but like other posters I wish the dress was darker and the lipstick a bit lighter, and she does actually seem to be playing up the skinny skinny look which she could have softened a bit with a different dress, so yeah, I hope she doesn’t get caught up in liking it a bit too much because she is much more beautiful with the extra pounds: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1913734/