Katharine McPhee Reveals Her 'Rebellious' Move

01/18/2010 at 03:00 PM ET

Courtesy Shape

When Katharine McPhee first sat in stylist Peter Savic’s chair last year, the American Idol alum admittedly wanted something drastic, but wasn’t sure what. “I was feeling rebellious. That’s when I knew I wanted something big,” she tells Shape in their February issue. “So I said to my stylist, ‘Just chop it all off and make me a blonde!'” Katharine’s rash decision may have turned out to be more work for her in the end, but it helped the star bring out a new side of herself. “I felt edgy and playful. I went out and bought new clothes for the new me. It was definitely a good thing to do,” she says about her first day as a blonde. And her hair wasn’t the only thing changing in her life. Katharine, who had struggled with bulimia for seven years, was finally starting to feel good about her body too. “I stopped fighting myself and became more forgiving of my body,” she says. “Ironically, the weight came off naturally through exercise but no dieting.” In fact, Katharine felt so good about her new self that she had no problem stripping down to her bikini for Shape. Hear more on how she got her confidence back, and try out Katharine’s new high-intensity fitness routine, in the February issue,on newsstands today, January 18, or visit Shape.com.–Andrea DeSimone

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Mel on

Go away! I cannot stand you

jenny on

love the cut, but she looks better as a brunette.

Delana on

Beautiful girl, BAD haircut and color. At least lighten your eyebrows to match your hair if you want to stay a blonde.

susan on

The blonde clashes with her skin tone, and she just doesn’t look her best. She’s an extraordinarily pretty girl, and now she looks like another hollywood blond. meh.



Pam on

I agree. She looked great as a brunette – but as a blonde? Yuk! She needs to go back to her dark hair for sure!

Damarah on

You looked better as a brunette…..the platinum blonde look drains your face!!!!

The Wrestler on

I like her even better as a blonde. Not many stars dare to wear their hair short. She actually stands out from the crowd now. Gorgeous and unique girl. Thumbs up!

jsp81355 on

Katherine McPhee needs to lose the blonde hair, go back to being a natural brunette like she was on American Idol way back when before she thought she was a famous singer, and lose her attitude. She’s got a pretty face and can sing pretty well but she’s certainly not great. No look at Kelly Clarkson – she’s a great success.

M on

This girl just needs to realize that no matter what she does, no one will really notice.

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