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| A Tale Of Four (Now And Former) Blondes||Type: Internet Article|
|A tale of four (now and former) blondes||Jun 20, 2004|
|by Malcolm Mayhew / Knight Ridder|
Five years ago, the only ones who could tell them apart were, possibly, their parents. Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Mandy Moore and Jessica Simpson looked alike, sounded alike and even acted alike - you know, each claiming that she was "different" from the other three...
Christina Aguilera.... Hair is she now?: Black. Er, brown. Um, strawberry. Well, what day is it?...
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|Five years ago, the only ones who could tell them apart were, possibly, their parents.|
Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Mandy Moore and Jessica Simpson looked alike, sounded alike and even acted alike - you know, each claiming that she was "different" from the other three.
At that point, whatever. Same hair color (blond), same music (fluffy, innocuous pop), same videos (looked like workout tapes).
Half a decade later, however, each has not only managed to stick around - a feat unto itself in pop music - but also to strike out in her own direction. Who'da thought?
Flashback: With the success of her debut, 1999's "... One More Time," Spears led the teen-pop revolution of the late '90s. The Spice Girls might have left the door ajar for her, but Spears kicked it open, wearing both high heels and sneakers, preaching the values of abstinence while at the same time sexily cavorting on MTV.
Road she took: Unlike Aguilera, Simpson and Moore, Spears can barely sing. She has made up for it, though, becoming the most controversial female pop star since Madonna. Basically, she sells sex more than music.
Hair is she now?: Back in March, London's "Evening Standard" reported that Spears had been spotted with brown hair, though photos this month showed her back to platinum blond.
Current project: She was about to resume criss-crossing the country on her Onyx Hotel Tour, but Tuesday she canceled the remaining dates after suffering a knee injury last week during a video shoot.
Flashback: Simpson had moderate success with "Sweet Kisses" and "I Wanna Love You Forever." Her biggest moment, perhaps, was opening for Ricky Martin at Madison Square Garden. Unfortunately, the show is memorable to her for another reason: She ripped her leather pants onstage. Right between her legs. And no, she was not wearing underwear. Thankfully, mom was handy with another pair of pants.
Road she took: Simpson got lost in the blonde blitzkrieg and was pretty much a wash until she appeared in another medium, television, first with a recurring role on "That '70s Show" and then on "Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica," her reality program with husband Nick Lachey. As a result of the show's popularity, sales of her latest disc, "In This Skin," have been boosted.
Hair is she now?: The only one who has stayed blonde. "Ditsy" and "brunette" just don't go together as well.
Current project: Besides "Newlyweds," Simpson is hawking edible body creams called Dessert Beauty. What she says about the Deliciously Kissable Lip Fragrance Gloss (Juicy or Luscious): "The best ... never sticky, and my lips look full and taste sweet. Makes your breath nice, too."
ABC recently rejected "Jessica," her stab at a sitcom. But rumors are rumbling that she'll star in the big-screen version of "The Dukes of Hazzard" as, of course, Daisy Duke.
Flashback: Moore wasn't even old enough to drive when her first record, the falsely named, dance-pop disc "So Real," came out. Hoping to capitalize on the Britney boom, her record company rereleased it a year later and changed her image from innocent to not-so-innocent.
Road she took: Not only did she change her hair color, she switched career paths, focusing on films ("A Walk To Remember," "How To Deal") rather than music. When it came time for her to do a new record, she freaked everybody out by putting out "Coverage," an all-covers disc made up of rock-folk renditions of songs by Elton John, Carole King and Joni Mitchell.
Hair is she now?: To avoid getting tagged a Britney clone, she whacked off her hair and painted it black.
Current project: Her latest movie, "Saved!" just opened.
Flashback: Aguilera's first single, "Genie in a Bottle," was typical teen pop, but huge, putting her in direct competition with onetime friend Spears. There still exists a McCartney-Lennon conflict between the two, only the question isn't talent as much as: "Who's hotter?"
Road she took: Of the four, Aguilera's the one who made a serious bid to be a singer. Underneath the hair spray and makeup and flimsy pop music, a pretty decent voice is begging to get out.
Hair is she now?: Black. Er, brown. Um, strawberry. Well, what day is it?
Current project: Recovering from vocal strain; because of it, she had to ax her Stripped Tour.
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