Thu, August 06, 2009
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Susan Boyle gets a Hollywood make-over

2009-08-06 02:26:08 GMT2009-08-06 10:26:08 (Beijing Time)

What a glamourpuss: Susan Boyle shows off her Hollywood makeover, wearing a black Tadashi Shoji gown in a photoshoot for Harper's Bazaar

New look: Susan in her audition for Britain's Got Talent (L) and in a purple dress for her shoot for Harper's Bazaar

New look: Susan shows off her style in the pages of the magazine

I love it: A grinning Susan is delighted with her new look

Putting the slap on: Susan's make-up is applied

It was Susan Boyle's unkempt hair, bushy eyebrows and unique sense of fashion that helped make her a star.

And as the Britain's Got Talent runner-up shot to worldwide fame, judge Amanda Holden vowed that Susan wouldn't have a 'Hollywood makeover', saying it would spoil her appeal.

But it seems Susan had plans of her own - the Scottish spinster wears a variety of designer outfits for a spread of photos in the glossy fashion magazine Harper's Bazaar.

A behind the scenes look at her shoot was broadcast on U.S. TV yesterday, showing a delighted Susan saying she 'felt like a movie star'.

The 48-year-old will not be on the cover of the magazine, but will feature in a large spread inside the September issue entitled Susan Boyle: Unsung Hero.

A smiling Boyle said: 'It really made me feel like a Hollywood actress. Had my hair done up.'

Back in April, Amanda Holden dismissed the idea of Susan getting a new look.

'I won't let Simon Cowell take her to his dentist and I certainly won't let her near his hairdresser,' she said then.

'She needs to stay exactly as she is because that's the reason we love her. She just looks like anybody who could live on your street.

'The minute we turn her into a glamourpuss is when it's spoilt. For now we'll keep her exactly as she is because that's why we've all fallen in love with her.

'I think it's the underdog thing.'

But Susan, and the owner of her record label, Simon Cowell, must disagree.

Laura Brown, Harper's special projects editor, was interviewed on NBC's Today Show.

'The idea behind the shoot was a very, very simple one,' she said.

'It was to take gorgeous, glamorous and sensitive portraits of her. This was her first magazine photo shoot, so you can't do too much too soon.'

Susan became an overnight sensation when her audition for the show was put on YouTube, with hundreds of millions logging on to watch her sing.

'She came on to the stage and just transfixed us all,' said Brown.

'She's become a hero to a lot of people with dreams of stardom, or who maybe have a talent but have been too scared to express it.

'And I think everyone's heart soared when they saw her sing that day.

'I think Susan is getting more and more used to being in the spotlight and being on television and being photographed.

'Since April, you've seen her look just day to day become more polished and refined. And she's growing in her confidence with what she'll wear and how she'll be perceived.

'She actually did a little bit of moonwalking in her Giuseppe Zanotti heels at one point.

'What we did on our shoot was give her a little bit of a haircut, and that was it, and a little bit of a curl.

'And actually the shape of her hair is great. She's got a really lovely curl to it.

'So we just tidied it up a little bit and paired it with some natural makeup, and she looked great.'


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