During awards shows, we are generally all fawning over the best and worst dressed lists, pouring over them for a little winter inspiration. Besides the nominees and guests at the show proper, there are boatloads of parties throughout Hollywood where celebs rub elbows, even if they weren鈥檛 at the telecast. The main problem with these parties, though, is that we don鈥檛 get to see the celebs in attendance usually until the next day. Which is why we鈥檙e only now seeing Leighton Meester鈥榮 surprising new look.

FOX And FX's 2017 Golden Globe Awards After Party - Arrivals

Meester arrived at the Fox and Hulu GGs after party super on trend with her plunging white gown, debuting a new, softer blonde look. Her Blair Waldorf Gossip Girl hair appears to be a thing of the past, as she鈥檚 traded in the high pony and hairband for soft blonde curls. While this may seem like a shock to many of you, as it was for many of us, it turns out that she was blonde before auditioning for Gossip Girl, but because Blake Lively had already been cast and was 鈥渢he blonde one,鈥 Leighton was asked to go brunette and the color became her signature look.

Leighton鈥檚 out and about promoting her mid-season Fox comedy Making History, which we鈥檙e pretty excited about. She plays a colonial woman who鈥檚 fallen in love to a time traveling dork who (unbeknownst to her) may have inadvertently stopped the Revolution from happening. We鈥檙e both excited for her to be back on TV and are totally digging her new look.

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(h/t Glamour; photo via Allen Berezovsky/Getty)