Royalty in the making: Rose Queen and Court before-and-afters


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Ahead of our annual fashion shoot next week with the newly-announced 2010 Rose Queen and Royal Court, get a look at the transformation these local women have undergone in about a week.

The before photos on the left were taken on Oct. 12 at the big reveal of the seven Rose Court princesses. The after photos were taken yesterday during the announcement of Arcadia resident Natalie Innocenzi as Rose Queen.

What say you of their red, red blazers and red, red lips?

And: Did you know you can now follow the Royal Court on Twitter @therosediaries and at their official blog? The Tournament of Roses, that bastion of Pasadena tradition and ritual, is making strides into the modern era. Hello, Facebook! And YouTube. SRSLY.

Rose Princess Katherine Hernandez, 18
Pasadena, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy
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Rose Queen Natalie Innocenzi, 16
Arcadia, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy
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Rose Princess June Ko, 17
Arcadia, Arcadia High School
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Rose Princess Lauren Rogers, 17
Altadena, Blair High School
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Rose Princess Kinsey Stuart, 18
South Pasadena, Pasadena City College
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Rose Princess Ashley Thaxton, 17
Altadena, John Marshall Fundamental High School
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Rose Princess Michelle Van Wyk, 17
La Canada Flintridge, La Canada High School
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26 thoughts on “Royalty in the making: Rose Queen and Court before-and-afters

  1. The girls are beautiful in both before and after. But, as a mother of a daughter I prefer the younger fresh look, the girls after pictures are too made up and glamorized. They should be the epitome of fresh, natural and clean. They have too much makeup on, which will only ruin their beautiful complexions in years to come! Whatever happened to the natural look!

  2. I agree with the above comment,they look so made up and way too much make up and their hair all looks the same.What happened to individual style and diversity????

  3. We saw these girls up close on both of the days when these photos were taken. Except for the difference in the lighting – the Before pictures were taken on the south side of Tournament House on an overcast morning; the Afters on the east side of the building in bright sun – and the red lipstick, there was not a radical overload of makeup. A little eye makeup but very artfully done. A little blusher. This will not damage their skin as much as sun on unprotected skin will over time.

    The girls enjoy it. Who are we to complain?

    Whoever chose their clothes this year deserves kudos. Very smart looking and very becoming to all of the girls.

  4. PS. The comment about their hair is surprising.

    In past years the girls often had to endure haircuts and styling that turned them into lookalikes.

    This year they have their own hair – long or mid-length – and little has been done other than to give it a little very natural style. They couldn’t look more diverse.

  5. I agree that everyone should be allowed their own hairstyle, but within reason. What is it with Princess Ashley Thaxton’s hair??? Is she trying to look like an older Shirley Temple? PLEASE change it as it looks terrible.

  6. I think that both look great, but the before pictures are much better. It makes the girls seem real, and I don’t think that girls need makeup to look pretty.

  7. this reminds me of high school…
    remember the cute girls on campus- for prom they put on so much makeup- they looked silly. Prom night they dont look as cute as regular school days
    The queen– she looks 30! not 16.

  8. I agree- they look alot older-especially the Queen, she looks like she’s in her early 30′s. Also, what’s up with that overload, tacky eyeshadow on Ms.Lauren Rogers?? Not cute, she looks better without all that silver-blue eyeshadow!!!!

  9. Cut back on the heavy makeup for 16 and 17 year old girls. It looks ridiculous. ( I am a mother of a former Rose Princess, so I believe I have a valid point to make here…)

  10. Yes, the makeup is horrible. They need to have someone like MAC do it so they “shine through” and you don’t just stare at their makeup. The makeup should enhance their good looks and not distract people who look at them. I agree the shadows they used are tacky! What happened to the beauty rule “Strong eyes, neutral mouth” and vice versa?? Minus the makeup- they are all gorgeous inside and out.

  11. I completely agree about the make-up. It ages them in a dowdy frumpy way. By the way, I like Ashley’s hair! It’s the only shorter hairstyle. I think the original looks fresh and confident. not sure about the restyled look…

  12. The girls are _all_ pretty, but I think in most cases they look better in the before picture. Kinsey Stuart might be the only one that looks better after, even though she’s obviously pretty in both. I agree that a new makeup artist is needed. Only the make-up of Natalie and Kinsey is even close to understated. The rest of the girls are too obviously made-up with blue eyeshadow and dark lipstick. Might be good for Rose Parade Day where you need theatrical make-up, but not good for a photo shoot.

  13. So disappointed; the overall look is common and unremarkable. They are cute but overly styled; the young ladies should look effortlessly beautiful. Everyone involved here seems to be “trying too hard” and the result does not reflect what the Rose Court was intended to be.

  14. The makeup was heavy purposely because the announcement was to be filmed and photographed. Without it, the court would be washed out. The makeup artists did what they were asked to do: give the girls a look that would show on camera, and they did so very well. If you watch the news footage, no one looks overdone. The court goes with a more natural look for everyday and speaking engagements.
    Furthermore, the court is happy with the way their hair and makeup is done, and feel comfortable. And that is the most important thing.

  15. Make-up for photos and standing out on stage or a float is totally different than make we would normally wear … As for the red lipstick It’s because of the required suit colors and ROSE Parade when we think rose we don’t think pink or mauve we think red and the photographer that took the pictures is questionable it looks like he took a group photo then cropped and photo shopped the girls badly .

  16. Who was the makeup artist hired to work on these girls? This was a terrible job. Was is someone at Lancome? First of all, why would they use the same color palette (especially lipstick) on all the girls when they have different skin tones? Secondly, who uses this much blusher these days?? And to top it off, only amateurs frame asian eyes with a large strip of dark shadow in the attempts to make them “appear larger”. Yuck.

  17. All of them are incredibly gorgeous, talented young women. Any of you that have commented otherwise are honestly somewhat pathetic because I am assuming you yourself are just a high school girl that didn’t make the court. These young ladies are role models to many, and complaining about their makeup is irrelevant and pointless. If you’re really spending your time on here bashing on the appearance of these beautiful women, its time to reconsider what you’re doing with your life.

  18. All of them are incredibly gorgeous, talented young women. Any of you that have commented otherwise are honestly somewhat pathetic because I am assuming you yourself are just a high school girl that didn’t make the court. These young ladies are role models to many, and complaining about their makeup is irrelevant and pointless. If you’re really spending your time on here bashing on the appearance of these beautiful women, its time to reconsider what you’re doing with your life.

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