Leighton Meester Lightens Up Her Locks: Love It or Hate It?

04/29/2009 at 05:19 PM ET

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Gossip Girl‘s Queen Bee Leighton Meester might be known for her brown hair, but today in L.A. the actress showed off a buzz-worthy new honey blonde style. While it took us by surprise at first, we did remember that Leighton is actually a natural blonde who went brunette for her role in the hit show — so unlike Kim Kardashian, she’s returning to her true roots! Tell us: Do you prefer Leighton as a blonde, or should she go back to brunette?

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Melisa on


emily on

personally , she’s prettier as a brunette i think –> but this lighter look is more summer-y and she can do whatever she likes its her hair!

Marse on

better as a brunette!!

Megan on

Leighton is so beautiful…I love her hair either way. I have to admit though, Queen Bee looks better as a brunette.

natalie on

I realize shes a natural blonde, but she looks much more beautiful as a deep brunette. It fits her complexion much better and makes her stand out in a crowd. The blonde just doesn’t do her justice.

Sarah on

This is her natural hair color. She dyed her hair for the part of Blair

Elizabeth on

She dyed it to be on GG, and I’ve seen her with blonde hair before, so I love her look as a blonde!

Jenn on

I think she looks much better brunette!

tasha on

her facial features come out more as a brunette, the new color is nice but makes her look pale.

Lana on

She is pretty but I highly doubt it that she is a natural blonde…simply bcz the blonde washes her out…if you’re a natural, it should look that way. Plus I saw pictures of her as a blonde and she had roots. Just saying :)

allison on

she’s originally a blond! she had to dye it brown for the part. i guess since they’re on summer break she didnt want to maintain it so she died it back…

jared4ever on

Just what Hollywood needs…another blonde starlet. She looked much better as a brunette!

caroline on

she looks good as a blonde but B should be a bruntette

Shari on

I don’t care if it’s natural, that blonde washes her out AND ages her. Ew ew ew.


when leighton was brunette it suited her devious Queen bee ways but as her character changes a little i guess the color change was made to balance it out

Rachael on

I read in a magazine once that she is a natural blonde but she really does look better brunette

amanda on

B is totally a brunette, but she looks cute as a blonde

amanda on

B is totally a brunette but she looks cute blonde too

f@tz on

she is way beautiful as a brunette!

Samantha on

Plain and simple: Blair Waldorf CANNOT have blonde hair… I hope she dyes it back soon, she looks so much better as a brunette

Samantha on

She suits dark hair better. She looks more sophisticated with it dark, I hope she gets rid of the blond.

kari on

she looks good both ways and down below about you seen her with blonde and she had roots when your a natural honey blonde you have roots i do and im natural so that means nothing

lmr on


Alicia on

I love her as a brunette!

Liza on

brunette brunette brunette ! a lot of natural blondes actually look better brunette

liz on

Love Leighton Meester and I’m shocked to learn she’s a natural blonde. My fav is as a brunette!

Lisa on

She looks washed out. I prefer people to keep things natural anyway, but in her case she really doesn’t look very good that way. She’s so beautiful with the dark hair.

Maggie on

Brunette, way better for her!

Olivia on


Bec215 on

Definitely brunette – makes her eyes and skin glow. But I understand wanting the freedom to change it up while on hiatus.

macscene on

she should go back to being a brunette.

DawnB on

She starts a movie on Friday. I think she dyed her hair blond for the part.

redx on

i think she is originally a blonde

Jon on

I’d prefer Leighton either way.

Maria on


Pamela on

brunette is better! the blonde makes her look a bit washed out and pale.

tori on

Brunette, her blonde hair looks horrible!!!!

BAD on

This is NOT her natural hair color. This is bleached out, colored brown. Big difference.

Sue on

Love Leighton but like her better as a brunie!

Dan on

maybe the writers are following the books, in the series she’s blonde for a short period, then dyes it dark again

tina on

might be her natural color but it washes her out. BRUNETTE!!!!!!!!11

Marie on

definitely brunette….the blonde doesn’t suit her face as well!

cassie on

i prefer her as a brunette shes more striking with dark hair

Priss on


carrie on

brunette all the way!! she looks amazing with dark hair! i can’t believe she’s actually blonde

Brittany Phillips on

She looks gorgeous either way, but I think I prefer brunette.

lisa on

This is not her natural hair color…trust me, i am a hair colorist!!!

Papa Bear on

She looks great whether as a blond or as brunette. She carries herself quite good.

Gabriela on

Oh my God, she looks great! But in fact, I prefer she as brunette. Oh, you have to agree that she is amazing in all the ways.

katie on

go back to brunette!!

Chris on

She looks better as brunette!

Katie on

Leighten Meester’s looks were transformed when she went brunette – like a true icon that could rival Audrey Hepburn or Jackie O. Now with this out-of-a-box honey blonde disaster she’s got going on, she looks like she went from Park Avenue to White Trash. I’ve seen older pics of her with that tragic haircolor and it’s so unattractive on her. Gossip Girl is the best thing that ever happened to her. She should have stuck with it the brown.

olivia on


E on

I prefer her with dark locks.

Nicole Paquette on

Leighton really wasn’t a “natural blonde” before Gossip Girl, she just had a habit of always dying her hair blonde. I think with her brown eyes and brown eyebrows, her natural shade of brown hair is more flattering.

Jennmgd on

She is georgous regardless of what hair color SHE chooses. She has an album coming out soon so maybe she changed it for a video shoot or something.

sophie on

BRUNETTE, definitely!

Tamara on

I think Leighton generally looks better as a brunette with her dark eyes and gorgeous pale complextion. That being said, I’m naturally a brunette and also love lightening up for the summer and I think this is a nice change for her while she’s not filming GG. She’s fortunate she can pull off both colors beautifully.

Alecia on

Love it!!! She is beautiful either way.

Rockna on

when she was a brunette,she was amazing and perfect..

Julia Schelkun on

I like her as a blonde!!!! ooh i hope shes doing it for her role on entourage:)

mochababe73 on

No. First, Kim Kardashian and now Leighton. Brunettes of the world, unite!

Zain on

brunette is much better than blonde hair

Barbara on


Lyndsey on

Hate it! She looks better as a brunette.

Laura on

it looks like she did it with sun-in. hate it.

... on

Blonde! I love that she is trying something new although she’s a natural blonde, I’ve only seen her as a brunette.

Malin on

She never said that she’s a natural blonde – she said that she couldn’t remember anymore! I think everyone just assumed that she was – because she was blonde before GG.
I think that she’s so beautiful as a brunette – but as a blonde she looks MUCH younger and she’s a different type…

Clay on

Ooh no! She’s so beautiful with the dark hair, I mean normally I prefer blondes but she’s beautiful with the dark hair… I’m just not feeling her as a blonde…

maryann on

I think she’s prettier as a brunette and that’s what they wanted for her character, with her as a blonde she’s blend in with the other actresses on the show-especially Serena & Jenny.

Rosie on

I think Leighton can pull off either look. She looks more summery with her lighter locks, and more classic with brunette. She’s stunning!

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darsh on


Lil on

i always say do darker instead of lighter

liz on

She is so naturally beautiful.

kristy on

i think she looks wayyyyy better with brown her but i still love her

Taylor on

Leighton looks great with her blond locks!But when she had brown hair her face stood out more so both are great!

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Duda on

brunette, of course.

J on

It makes her look very washed out. I prefer brunette on her.

morgan on

BRUNETTE! this washes her out

TJ on

Bring the brunette back!

Briana on

I think she’s a grogeous girl no matter what color her hair is!

Jules on

Obviously in the minority here but I love her blonde… she looks beautiful! I thought the pic was of dakota fanning at first, lol

RP on

She’s special and doll-like as a brunette and just another generic blonde as a blonde!

lola on

BRUNETTE!!!!! thats her trademark as Blair Waldorf

chichi on

I personally think she looks better as a brunette, it makes her look prettier. Blonde makes her stand out less. Brown also brings out her natural beauty. Even tho blonde is her nat. hair color, brown looks more nat.

Amaris on

Well. Considering that she is a natural Blonde.. i think that the looks seems more Her.
We are all jsut used to seeing her as a brunette thats all, but i admit, Brunette did really suit her too but the Blonde is also awesome!

vanna on

Why? Personally, I think the blond makes her look washed out.

Alexis on

Definetely brunette!
Maybe some honey blone highlights for the summer with a lighter brown. But she should definetely be a brunette.

Kaela on

Although Leighton Meester is gorgeous no matter what she does I prefer her as a brunette. She just looks so fantastic with dark brown hair!

Juliane on

Brunette +_+

Mikaela on

hmmm i guess brunette..i have never seen her blonde so i will have to get used of it

Giulia on

I think that people see her better as a brunette mostly because they’re used to see her as brunette.
She looks good as a blonde, it’ her natural color by the way. And for the people who doubt about blonde being her natural color… If you look her pictures or even Gossip girl, you can see that her hair is dyed.

Christin on

I had seen her on House as a blond before doing gossip girl and I still like her hair better brown. It’s fits her complexion better… she’s been lightening it for a while but i really like her original dark brown hair

Summer on

I love it both ways and i totally agree that it look more summery which i love i think when summer ends she should dye it back to brown but I love you Leighton and you inspired me to do the same with my hair!!

ellen on

well its her natural haircolor so… i would change it too

Vonnie on

I saw her as a blonde first on House, so I never really got used to her as a brunette.

I think she looks great either way, though.

mary on

Love the way her hair’s just trully is – which is blonde. If others don’t like it as much as they prefer brunette then, you really don’t like Leighton. ‘Cause if you really like her, then you must also like the way she just really are from, i don’t know, the moment she was born?! – which is having a blonde hair.

But if she likes to dye her hair brunette- but i bet it’s only for her character on gossip girl- then, it’s fine by me. She still looks great with it.

But i know, she really doesn’t want to permanently change her hair to brunette. ‘Cause obviously, she still finds time to bring her true hair colors back – which is, as i’ve said earlier again, BLONDE.


Kathy on

Too bad she was born a blonde and only had to dye her hair brunette for the show. let her do whatever she wants. it’s her head.

miranda on

i love her with brown hair!

cyndiia on

brunette!brunez rockk!

Hayley on

I see why she would because its her natural color but i personally think she looks alot prettier as a brunette

Juli on

She is NOT a natural blonde, no matter what she says. Natural adult blondes do not have eyes so dark that are almost black, plus: they don’t have dark brown roots! Her roots are even darker than her hair on Gossip Girl, didn’t anyone see her on House, or do you people only watch Gossip Girl and such??

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