Doesn't it seem inconceivable that, three summers ago, Megan Fox wasn't even a blip on our collective radar of scantily clad, marginally talented starlets? But now, thanks to the combined popularity of Michael Bay and killer robots, we can't open a magazine without running into an article in which she yammers about the myriad ramifications of being sexy — she loves it, she hates it, she embraces it, she can't handle it. The girl seems seriously confused about the kind of image she's supposed to be projecting: Is she the dark and sultry Angelina-esque bad girl, or the just-one-of-the-guys chick who farts all the time? And did she figure out who she's supposed to be before embarking on the massive press junket for Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen? Let's take a look and see if her wardrobe has the answers.
Megan kicked off the Transformers 2 world tour with an appropriately confused dress: The top screams "pageant," but the bottom is inching toward "porno," what with that ginormous slit up the leg. Not everything requires a giant helping of skin, honey. Sometimes, as they say, just a dash will do you.
South Korea Premiere
Luckily, Megan toned it down for the South Korean premiere. The sheer panels on this Herve Leroux are sexy, but not screamingly so, and the cut of the dress is very flattering. Under normal circumstances, we'd almost wonder if this look was too daytime for a movie premiere, but in light of the fact that the girl looks like a grown-up for once, let's just consider it a victory.
South Korea Press Conference
South Korea seems to agree with Megan. At this press conference in Seoul, she actually looks surprisingly chic: relaxed, confident, casual, and not at all like an actress who was once quoted as saying that she always forgets to flush the toilet.
Paris Photo Call
Things got alarmingly demure in Paris, as Megan perhaps took the whole "grown-up" thing a step too far. We'd expect to see this otherwise lovely Alberta Ferretti on the likes of someone a little older and more accomplished -- Hilary Swank, maybe, or even Demi Moore. Megan Fox is a lot of things, but "demure and accomplished" isn't on that list. In fact, we didn't even know that mixture was an option for her. In other words: We're getting confused, and it's scary.
After the modest and tasteful displays in South Korea and Paris, the pendulum swung the other way, with a vengeance. Let's be blunt: This is a lot of skin. We commend Megan for realizing that a look this skimpy required severe hair and a mostly bare face -- and she's lucky to have the face to pull that off -- because her styling manages to yank this Roberto Cavalli back from the edge of sleazy. But just barely.
Being likened to Angelina Jolie is hardly the worst thing to ever happen to a girl, but if Megan truly wants to avoid the comparison -- as she occasionally claims -- then it might be in her best interest to avoid dressing just like her. The U.K. premiere found Megan in full-on old-school Angelina mode, complete with visible back tats. The slinky black dress is gorgeous -- especially compared to the Cavalli-sponsored visit to hootchieville -- but Shia looks a bit scared. Can't say we blame him: Old-school Angie did have that predilection for knives.
Moscow Photo Call
Welcome to easily the worst look of the bunch. Obvious and over-the-top is preferable to frumpy and drab -- or at least it ought to be when you've made your fortune by pouting seductively and running around without a bra in a series of movies about sentient car-robots. Listen, we may wish Megan would figure out which variety of sexpot she is, but the "sexpot" part should always be at least part of the equation.
The pain of Megan's dumpy misstep at the Moscow photo call is at least slightly eased by the charm of her hot-pink frock at the Russian premiere. This is exactly how someone like Megan Fox ought to be dressing: It's just retro enough to play to her pinup girl looks without heading down the road to Dita Von Teese-ville, and it's young and fun without devolving into total cheesiness. Thumbs-up.
Los Angeles Premiere
For her the final Transformers event, Megan managed to pull out all the stops. This Kaufman Franco dress is lovely: sexy but not over the top, fresh without being twee, and interesting without being painfully trendy. Too bad that, as usual, her Marilyn tattoo is insanely distracting. But maybe that's been part of the problem all along. Surely, it's impossible to figure out your own identity when you've got another icon's face right there on your own arm.
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