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March 27, 2008

Fug Madness 2008: Charo, Sweet 16


Charo would probably be very proud of Phoebe Price. Not necessarily the fame-mongering, famous-for-being-fugly-and-that's-really-it part -- I mean, really, call us when YOU get a Geico commercial, Pheebs -- but rather for the part where Ms. Price teases up her hair and dresses like she popped out of a basket full of plastic grass at the Easter Bunny's bachelor party.

[Photo: Splash News]

We suspect Phoebe dreams of discovering that she is Charo's long-lost daughter, much in the way Posh affectionately refers to Joan Collins as her real mother and Blair on Gossip Girl reimagines herself as Audrey Hepburn reborn. Still, we like to think any offspring of Charo's would rather shave her head and wear a muumuu than stand around desperately holding up magazines in which she is featured, trolling Robertson Boulevard day in and day out, and telling the paps to credit her as a "model" -- which I suppose she is here, of lingerie, although it's a job she accepted without it being offered.

Come to think of it, though, Chloe is no stranger to Charo-ism herself. Not only is there this shredded affront to the mighty zebra, but there's this:

Perky! We assume Courtney Peldon later bought this in a "Clothes Off Our Back" auction, benefiting some charity that will be very grateful indeed that someone besides Chloe wants to dress like a Vegas waitress AND has the budget to do so with damn near museum-quality accuracy. Chloe's fugtacular wardrobe was one of this Web site's first moments of head-exploding agony, the kind of thing we'd had percolating within and nowhere to write about it until GFY was born. Yet she's replete with recent moments of insanity, too, like how she wants you to fork over a lot of cash for the right to wear a bunch of stuff Candy Spelling tried to sell on eBay and couldn't. For someone the world wants us to think is an unerring fashion icon -- someone so ahead of her time that we just can't possibly hope to understand until two years from now -- that is shockingly bad form, Sevigny.

Posted by H & J at 11:01 AM in Fug Madness | Permalink


Oh god! I can't vote! They're both too horrific!

Posted by: erinelizabeth | Mar 27, 2008 11:02:28 AM

They're both horrible, but I'm voting for Chloe on the theory that she--as a supposed style icon--should know better.

Posted by: Claire | Mar 27, 2008 11:04:47 AM

i had to vote phoebe. there have been a handful of times that chloe has looked great and that will never ever happen with phoebe.

Posted by: jft | Mar 27, 2008 11:05:07 AM

I sometimes think Chloe looks all right and I have a soft spot for that photo shoot she did once with Sassy magazine (you all remember, come on, you know you do) when she was an intern because I wanted her life back then. BUT, I have to say she owns fug in a way Pheebs can never hope to understand. Chloe gets points for being snotty about it and thinking the rest of us are ignoramuses. Pheebs loses just for desperation. And she's not famous enough.

Posted by: Jellee | Mar 27, 2008 11:07:51 AM

I'm with Claire - I voted for Chloe because apparently fug is what she's going for, and the fashion world at large congratulates her for it? Baffling...

Posted by: Athena714 | Mar 27, 2008 11:07:55 AM

This, in my opinion, should be the championship round. It's tooooo hard!

Posted by: Mrs. Capers | Mar 27, 2008 11:08:00 AM

It's the look on Chloe's face that cinched the vote. It's almost as though she's defying you to fug her. She knows how horrible she looks AND YET she's smiling, thinking that she's pulled the fug wool over our eyes... ugh.

Posted by: Maureen | Mar 27, 2008 11:08:48 AM

The eternal fug debate... Is someone who is unknown, dressing to fug-heaven just to get attention, as fugly as someone who is doing it to be fashion forward or downright because they seriously believe they have a wonderful sense of style?

I, for one, and happy to vote for Chloe and kick out one of the attention fuggers (although, if this were Queen Peldon, I am not sure I could look the other way).

Posted by: Mary Sue | Mar 27, 2008 11:09:01 AM

At least Phoebe never really attempts to pass herself off as anything but what she is. Which is...well, questionable, but she's making no claims to be "fashionable."

Chloe Sevigny, for far too long, has been referred to as a "fashion icon." To quote evilbeetgossip: "Chloe Sevigny Makes My Eyes Itch." Crown her Queen of Fug immediately, because we all know she's in it to win this entire thing.

Posted by: Lindsay | Mar 27, 2008 11:09:07 AM

Chloe, because she is actually trying to sell her brand of bad taste. (Your take on her new line of clothing, btw, was soooooooo funny. The retro Made for TV Movie titles - priceless!! (no pun)Thanks!)

Posted by: somehow | Mar 27, 2008 11:10:33 AM

Pheebs is a working girl, nuff said. u got my vote girlfriend.

Posted by: deanna | Mar 27, 2008 11:10:45 AM

Both so bad they're good, BUT: Chloe has DESIGNED her own fug, thus continuing and spreading her reign of fuggery. The Sev FTW!

Posted by: mrs o | Mar 27, 2008 11:11:04 AM

I think Chloe looks like a dude in everything she wears.

Posted by: Em J | Mar 27, 2008 11:11:44 AM

I'm predicting it right now... a Posh and Chloe final two.

Posted by: Bailey | Mar 27, 2008 11:14:37 AM

I have to vote Chloe only because she actually considers herself a designer as well . . . it's one thing to wear bad clothes, it's a whole other ball game when you try to convince others to buy them.

Posted by: Eliza | Mar 27, 2008 11:14:56 AM

This is impossible! They are both world champion fuggers! I think I'm going to go with Phoebs because my first reaction is always just "NO". At least with Chloe, I laugh, and try to get it, and then say "NO".

Posted by: Deanna | Mar 27, 2008 11:15:06 AM

There are no words to explain how truly fug Chloe is.

Posted by: Karen | Mar 27, 2008 11:15:14 AM

I think I must have a weak spot for PP- Ah, but Chloe!

Posted by: demondoll | Mar 27, 2008 11:15:23 AM

Remembering Chloe's little starched doily hat clinched it for me. There is nothing worse.

Posted by: Lyn | Mar 27, 2008 11:16:48 AM

If PP wins this, it will be the top item on her resume for YEARS, folks. It might be carved on her gravestone! STOP encouraging her!

Chloe is just fug -- she's a fug actress -- and don't forget those white sunglasses. She is the inspiration, and the real deal.

Posted by: Ericka | Mar 27, 2008 11:17:57 AM

No. Nononononononono. I agree with whoever said this should be a championship round (though, without Bai Ling, the major contender is absent). This is too hard.

I had to go with Chloe. From her obvious self-regard and sullen attitude, to the turban (THE TURBAN, people!!) in her recent fashion shoot (though "fashion stab" or "fashion bludgeon" would be more appropriate) to "The Brown Bunny," she personifies a particularly unpleasant brand of fug. P-squared is just kind of sad, in that this is probably as famous as she's ever gonna get. The Sev is a frigging Oscar nominee, after all, and theoretically should know better.

Posted by: drdan | Mar 27, 2008 11:19:24 AM

... the toughest one, by far. This is getting more challenging. I feel like I'm going to hell if I can't decide on either...

Posted by: sinodame | Mar 27, 2008 11:19:33 AM

I honestly think Chloe TRYS to be stylish...it seems Phoebe just slaps a bunch of sheer and pretty colors together...making sure to show some skin, of course.

Posted by: jessica | Mar 27, 2008 11:19:34 AM

Ah, the fugmanity! This was positively the most difficult decision yet. I went with Phoebe because Chloe has looked good 1% of the time, and Phoebe owes us all a lot of valuable moments. Who can ever forget the unforgiveable bare ass to the Cannes photogs?

Posted by: Cecily | Mar 27, 2008 11:19:45 AM

this is too hard!

Posted by: maxi | Mar 27, 2008 11:19:52 AM

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