Boyle struck a chord with audiences because she proved that talent could overcome physical appearance; but now, she is constantly photographed and subjected to the pressures of media attention.
Even so, Boyle’s makeover was relatively simple, and cost £100 (approximately $150 U.S.), the Daily Mail reported. “Britain’s Got Talent” judge Amanda Holden has said that it is important for Boyle not to change her appearance, but a spokesperson for the show said that Boyle was free to do as she liked with her hair.
After her stunning performance of “I Dreamed A Dream,” Simon Cowell declared her performance worthy of the most definite “yes” he had ever given. Judge Amanda Holden told her that prior to hearing her voice, the whole audience had been laughing at her. Boyle became a sensation immediately.
Robin Givhan for the Washington Post gave an emphatic vote in favor of a makeover last week. She says that Boyle triggered our “cultural ambivalence about appearance,” and notes how hard stars must work to appear as beautiful as they are. We resent them and admire them simultaneously. We like Susan Boyle because she’s an ugly duckling, but that means that in order for the story to be complete, she must turn into a swan. She will not lose her quirkiness, but she has a right to live her fairytale.