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The Underrated Hollywood Glam of Tina Fey

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Fact: I have a not-so-secret girl crush on Tina Fey. Aside from her genius comedic timing, brilliant and award winning acting and writing on 30 Rock, and her infamous impressions of Sarah Palin (and again, and again), she just seems so accessible, so real, so relatable. As in herself and not caring what others think. She’s just a girl from Upper Darby, PA, who wanted to be a writer.

In March 2010, when Fey graced the cover of Vogue, the cover teaser about her feature said “Tina Fey: Learning to dress like a star.” She kept it real in her interview by admitting some of her fashion don’ts in the past but by also showing that she does know a lot about fashion, all because she was exposed to the costume department when she was studying drama at UVA, where she learned everything about period pieces and proportion. Of course, she threw in a few hilarious one liners, just to keep the interviewer and readers on their toes.

In her Vogue interview, Fey said (about wearing color on the red carpet), “If I try to wear too much color, I feel like I’m pretending to be from Los Angeles and I’m not getting away with it.”

I’d say she got away with this red Oscar de la Renta gown, for sure.

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Obviously, I don’t have to show you anymore proof than that. This might be the best Fey’s (who turns 41 in May…I KNOW) ever looked on the red carpet. Amazing color, fit, hair, accessories, makeup- done by Lancôme, well done! Basically, this look is perfect for her.

I think what I love so much about Fey are moments like this one from the SAG Awards. Clearly successful and hard working, but she’s also beautiful and fashionable. If you asked me, she achieved bomb shell status with this look and didn’t have to compromise to achieve it. She knows what looks good on her and what doesn’t, and she plays to those strengths. For example, Fey tells Vogue that she thinks she looks good in a deep V neck “because it makes the triangles go the right way.”

What’s bad on her? “Spaghetti straps. It looks like when you tie up a roast before you put it in the oven.”

Clearly, she can rock that red color and not look like she’s too “Los Angeles.” That’s not to say that she doesn’t look great in neutral colors, though.

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Tom Broecker, costume designer for 30 Rock and SNL, who also helps Fey with some of her red carpet looks, said,

“She’s so funny and so smart, and she gets all of it….she has subtly changed what women look like on a weird level: the acceptance of the dark-haired girl, the acceptance of the sexy librarian, the girl with the glasses who’s smart but can be pretty.”

If this were a day on 30 Rock, Jenna would probably have a temper tantrum out of jealousy and run to her dressing room while screaming “Liz, why are you trying to ruin my life?!” Tracy would make some crude comment that starts off with, “DAMN LIZ LEMON…” Jack would say, “Well Lemon, you don’t look so frumpy for a woman your age.” And Kenneth would probably compare her to some farm animal back home. All of which means she’s done something right.

I think Liz Lemon would be proud of how glamorous Tina Fey really is.