She has got to change it.
So which princess did she come off as?
Or maybe this one?
Perhaps one of these two? http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/23...265105c4b4.jpg
Or this one (though she does not use that title)?
Can we retire the word "princess" to refer to a skater looking feminine or skating to ballet music?
More like the wannabe actresses they hire at Disney to play characters.
I must be the only one who thinks the high ballet bun is cute and I think she pulls off the red lipstick okay. Didn't anyone notice Ashley with the high bun and red lips as well? Anyways it's kind of hilariously that being pretty and looking put together is being considered a flaw. It may come across a bit manufactured but it is a performance. She may feel being made-up helps get her into the performance and there's nothing wrong with that.
I actually really enjoyed Gracie's All that Jazz in SOI Chicago a few weeks ago - it is quite upbeat & she had great energy. I saw a clip of an older short program that had a lot of fast footwork & again she performed with great energy & enjoyment. Neither of those performances was perfect - if I recall she fell once in the Chicago program & her arms in the other program weren't great. But overall I really enjoyed both because she was enjoying herself & it showed. My sense with this year's programs was that either they didn't resonate with her, or that she was under pressure b/c it was a high stakes Olympic year, she had just changed coaches, etc. When she did relax at the end of her LP at nationals (sandra bezic: look at her, she can't contain herself) she no longer seemed plastic & princessy to me. I think she's got a lot of talent & really hope she & her team are able to showcase it better in the coming year.
dancers do it because it looks fuller and can be styled a little more. But her makeup and everything works fine with her skin tone and features.
I don't consider looking nice a flaw. My pageant/princessy remarks speak more to the way she presents herself, not from a visual standpoint (i.e. her hair or makeup), but from the way she performs on the ice. I do prefer the pageant smile to her skating around stone faced but she's going to have to find something authentic to tap into when she skates so that she can actually convey the tone/mood/feeling of the music and connect with it as well as the audience/judges.
Gracie has improved but her presentation is rather plastic: it looks nice but it's fake. The same issue exists as before where she doesn't feel what she's doing. She's taking better direction from Lori/Frank and delivering the movements better, but it still looks like someone told her, "do your arm like this, then tilt your head and smile." It's still very rehearsed-looking.
She's better than she was a year ago, but she still has a long way to go. Nearly all of the Russians (Sotnikova, Lipnitskaya, Radionova) and both Americans (Wanger, Edmunds) are better at delivering the choreography than Gracie is.
That said, Gracie wears that same red lipstick off the ice quite often. It isn't red that is the problem, it is that she needs a slightly different, warmer shade of red. But I also wouldn't want anyone judging the choices I made at her age. It was the 80s, heaven help us!!!
The issue here with Gold is that it appears (to me) that she is trying really hard to be something she is not. If she could pull off "princessy", well, fine. This thread then wouldn't exist. But her skating style to me is more of a power skater, a "look at what I can do" type of skater. She needs a vehicle that allows her to showcase that and last season's programs failed big time in that regard. However, at the end of the day, she'll get points as long as she lands her jumps. That should be top priority...getting comfortable enough so she doesn't fall apart when a medal is within her grasp. I know, easier said than done.
Because Gold appears to be mismatched, she invites more scrutiny.
Personally, less is more. But it's not really a big deal to me otherwise. just land the jumps.