Is "Funny Sexpot" an oxymoron?

One of my and my husband’s favorite lines from a TV show recently spewed forth from the inimitable Tina Fey on 30 Rock. All hopped up on mystery prescription pills to get her through an airplane ride, Fey spots Oprah sitting down next to her in first class. In a pitch-perfect drunken garble, she abruptly cuts off a phone convo she’s having, whispering, “I have to go…I’m snitting next to Borpoh!"

Oh, it feels good to laugh so hard you pee your yoga pants a little. Just a little.

Fey has been everywhere lately, collecting awards, spoofing Palin…and flaunting a crazy rockin’ bod. I noticed this for the first time in September, when she won three Emmys wearing a skintight black gown that hugged her curves and showed off a waistline not often seen on new moms.

Now she’s on the cover of Vanity Fair, alllll sexed up. Bust Mag also put her in a wee little swimsuit and fishnets. 

But she used to look a lot different. And check her out here, on the right. Hardly the svelte sexpot with flowing locks we see splashed across magazine covers today (many of which, I might add, airbrush away the childhood scar on her cheek.)

Now, Jezebel.com is asking “Would Tina Fey Be a Star If She Still Looked Like This?”... “this” meaning a bit plump, frumpy and 80s-licious. But I’m wondering…would ANY of today’s hottest stars be as blazingly successful in the 00s if they looked like they did 20 years ago? Think about the cast of the old 90210 – Kelly and Brenda wore light denim mom jeans and had poufy bangs but they were sooo cool back then – the epitome of teen beauty. And I fancied myself quite the hot ticket in 1993, sauntering through my high school in a super short Flag Girl uniform and doubled-up green and gold socks...hardly the stunner you picture blogging to you today.

What do you think? Tina Fey – successful because of her looks, her merit…or both?

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