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

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ceci on

Yuck! It looks dull and dry. And she looks older.

MzM on

If looking like Kim Kardashian was the goal, she nailed it.

XtinaFan on

Going by previous interviews she is a big J.Lo stan.

LalaD on

This girl has a horse face and idk what the deal is with you people thinking she’s it.

becca on

I love naya Rivera hair she is amazing actress and singer and this is her way of expressing herself and I love it . I really look up to her!!!!

Lori on

Like her with darker hair better. The color she has now makes her look Kim Kardashian-ish…

imaprincess on

Why do they say blonde when at best it’s light brown? She’s hardly blonde. But she’s prettier with darker hair.

zoom on

wow,christy turlington double

Sue on

She looks Like Kim Kardashian now, which is NOT a good thing….

Jimmy on

I’ve always thought she was beautiful. I watch Glee. However, one of the things that I think makes her look beautiful is her dark hair, which goes with her dark eyes, and complexion. Change it back, Naya.

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