To Complete Fairy Tale, Boyle Needs a Makeover

Ugly duckling has to become a swan, fashion writer argues
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 21, 2009 11:09 AM CDT
This April 17 image provided by CNN's "Larry King Live" shows Larry King, left, and Scottish singer Susan Boyle.   (AP Photo/CNN, Larry King Live)
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(Newser) – It’s politically correct to say frumpy singing sensation Susan Boyle doesn’t need a makeover. But honestly? Of course she does, writes Washington Post fashion guru Robin Givhan. If Boyle stays the same, it’ll “unravel the centuries-long tradition of fairy tales.” Sure, Boyle won us over precisely because she doesn't look like a mass-produced music industry product, but fairy tales are about transformation; the ugly duckling must turn into a swan.

“This is not a recommendation for an ‘extreme makeover,’ but rather the Tim Gunn or ‘What Not to Wear’ version,” Givhan writes, the kind designed to make you look not like someone else, but like a better version of yourself. “Cinderella didn’t go to the ball in hand-me downs,” she writes. Fans need “to let Boyle’s fairy godmother finish her work.”