Naya Rivera Goes Blonde for the People's Choice Awards

01/08/2014 at 09:40 PM ET

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Many People’s Choice Awards attendees knew they were winners before they stepped off the red carpet Wednesday night, but there was one major surprise: Naya Rivera’s brand new, bold do. The Glee star showed up with much lighter locks styled into a full-bodied blowout, which had us asking “Is that J.Lo?” until Rivera turned around for the big reveal.

For many brides-to-be, hair is a sacred thing that cannot be touched until the day after the veil comes off. Not Naya. In fact, this is one of the biggest hair 180°s we’ve seen from a recently-engaged star.

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The star has been known for her super-thick, super-shiny dark brown locks since the Glee premiere, when it was most often tied up into a Cheerios-approved ponytail. But as the star has gotten more comfortable with her red carpet style, she’s gone shorter, played with highlights and now she’s opted for an allover lighter look.

Rivera’s new color is a warm caramel shade with dark chocolate lowlights underneath and a few lighter pieces around her face. And while we’re excited to see her switch things up (especially for a big red carpet debut), we’d like to express one minor disappointment: That she didn’t wear her insane Christmas gift on the red carpet.

What do you think of Rivera’s new lighter hair color?

–Alex Apatoff

FILED UNDER: Awards Shows , Beauty , Celebs , Glee , Hair

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Alexa Lee on

She is so channeling Kim K! You have more talent Naya, be yourself

Angie on

This is so not blond. Why when someone just lightens their hair a bit they call it blond? She is still a brunette, just a lighter brunette, with a little red in there.

guest on

Someone is trying very hard to look like Kim K!

Carla Peele on

She was so striking and beautiful naturally! Why on EARTH would she mute herself this way in some misguided attempt to look like J-Lo?

Alexa Lee on

It is so channeling Kim K! You have more talent Naya! You can do better than that!

NotBlonde! on

Why do magazines/tabloids insist on calling that blonde? It’s a lighter brown! Put that hair color on a blonde, and you’ll see, it’s BROWN!

Barbra on

Not sure why everyone says blonde…It looks more like light brown to me. I prefer the darker hair but that is simply my opinion.

crittervet on

That is not blonde at all, it’s light to medium brown.

trist on

that is NOT BLONDE!!!!!

Sara on

How could anyone say this is blonde??? It’s brown, not blonde. Blonde hair is what Scandinavian women have.

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