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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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Jenna on

Hate it!

Lalth on

It’s fine. She look better with dark hair.

Yesi on

It’s fine. No big deal.

Niami on

It looks great!

jelly on

her face is scary.

boo on


Arian on

I like it…a little.

Guest on

She looks nothing like JLO

Annie on

I like the before look.

Jane on

She looks beautiful. It looks great

Ally on

nope. Erase

Sara on


oh on

I guess she looks okay.

Kris on

@Jelly, you jelly?

Lauren on

I don’t like her hair. Not the color but the styling.

Carey on

That is brown.

Ha on


Star on

She looks too much like Kim K. She needs to go back dark.

Ernie on

I love her but not this. I hope she changes it back soon.

Sacré on

She looks like Kim K.

Pam on

She looks like Kim K

Dion on

Change can be good but this is not.

Faye on

JLo wannabe.

Faye on

JLO wannabe

Nat on

sorry-wanna be Kimmie. Don’t like you, or her. nexxxxt

Kim on

Not a great looked better on TV.

Erica on

Ok…..ummm… she trying to look like Kim??

Gigi on

We don’t need another Kim K clone ugh.. Be original

Debra on

that’s not blonde; it’s brown.

genesis on


Kelly on

She looks like a combo of Kim K and J Lo.

Guest on

She’s beautiful even with lighter hair color but I’m guessing she’s going to go back to dark for the show. Also they should’ve shown her dress in the article. She looked STUNNING! She has the best body ever

Evelyn on

Ugh. She looks like Kim K., and we’re all sick of her, so…

Nicole on

Lol honestly my first thought was that she looks like Kim K with that color, lipstick color and expression on her face. It isn’t a bad color at all on her, though…she just totally caught me off guard with the Kim face. She should smile next time :)

tiffanie on

Anyone seeing a Kim K/J Lo love child? Not a bad thing…Just sayin’ :)

Mimsy on

Too much makeup! She always looks like she’s RuPaul Drag Race contestant

Pam on

That’s not blonde. I don’t like it. She looks way better with black hair. She has a weird face, looks like Michael Jackson. Maybe it would help if she smiled.

ruukis on

she looks like kim kardashian!

Nicole Mata on

Lay off the plastic surgery now before it gets worse!

veronica on

Kinda the JLo look….

Anonymous on

Warm colours aren’t for her

deb on

She looks way younger. I like it a lot.

missk on

It ages her. A lot.

cdnphotogirl on

Is she trying to look like Kim K? If so, then she succeeded and if not, opps.

Nath on

She looks exactly like Kim! Even the stunned face and everything!!

Lenore on

Poor Nayda, she is now a Kim K Kopy Kat.

Marty on

She looks 40

Laurie on

She looks just like Kim Kardashian…there pics are side by side on aol…For that reason…I’d change it again.

Patricia Foil on

Hey it’s her hair and her choice. I think it lks better than Kim Kardashian’s does. Just my opinion.

Wendy on

How is that blonde?

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.

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.

Tess on

Yikes, she looks like Kim K!

Tina on

Nope. Don’t like it. She looks much better with dark hair.

Marisol on

Poor thing wants to be white. She also had a nose job.

sholaye on

She looks great.

larry on

like dark better

guest on

That’s brown not blonde

rachel on

First, she isn’t blonde, however, she was blonde yrs ago way before Glee & Kim K. or JLo..GOOGLE IT…Pls stop the comparisons…Kim K looks used and warn out & Jenny is still from the block..Naya just looks like Naya with brown hair..

sadie on

I learned years ago that if you make a change to your looks, hair color, tattoo, etc., people will have differing opinions – but the only one that matters is how YOU feel about YOURSELF. !!! I was born blonde and always sort of felt blonde, and at my high school (which sounds nutty now!), if you colored your hair, especially blonde? You were considered trashy. So I waited until my 20s to get blonde again. I overheard my Grandmother tell a rude cousin “I think she looks *fabulous*” when the cousin said something snarky about my hair. So Naya, if you feel fabulous, you look fabulous!! Thank God for wise & loving Grandmothers!!


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