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  • Orange is the New Black is a show set in prison, so it makes sense that most of its characters

  • wouldn't have access to a whole lot of makeup and styling products.

  • Even so, it's always shocking to witness the transformation the show's cast members undergo

  • each season to shift from fab to drab to play their on-screen characters.

  • Check out what the cast looks like in real life.

  • Taylor Schilling - Piper

  • Actress Taylor Schilling introduced audiences to Litchfield Penitentiary as new inmate Piper

  • Chapman in the show's debut season.

  • While Piper has changed a lot throughout the series, her look has remained consistentsimple

  • makeup and straight blonde hair throughout.

  • Schilling's everyday look doesn't differ that much from Piper's, but she does enjoy more

  • makeup and other beauty products on the red carpet and in interviews than Piper would

  • ever have access to.

  • Laura Prepon - Alex

  • She became well-known as a redhead in That '70s Show, but Laura Prepon has pitch black

  • locks as Alex on Orange is the New Black.

  • She completes the look on the show with arched, thin eyebrows, glasses, and a cat eye that

  • always manages to look perfect, even with prison-quality eyeliner.

  • Prepon herself usually goes more glam on the red carpet, though she sometimes works that

  • cat eye in real life, too.

  • Danielle Brooks - Taystee

  • She shines every single season as Taystee, the infectiously positive inmate determined

  • to lead the charge toward a better life.

  • In her real life, Danielle Brooks' appearance is a bit more glam than her Litchfield counterpart.

  • You'll often find her in fashion-forward dresses with killer eye makeup during red carpet appearances.

  • Uzo Aduba - Crazy Eyes

  • She's earned two Golden Globe nominations and two Emmys for her part as Suzanne "Crazy

  • Eyes" Warren

  • "You bothering my friend here?

  • Dandelion, she bothering you?"

  • ... but in real life, Uzo Aduba's look is far more glamorous than her character, complete

  • with dazzling accessories, makeup, and a variety of hairstyles.

  • Kate Mulgrew - Red

  • Veteran actress Kate Mulgrew had to adopt ginger locks to play the part of Galina "Red"

  • Reznikov.

  • In recent years, Mulgrew has stuck with Red's hairstyle even when she's not on the show,

  • although she usually goes a little less intense with the teasing.

  • Taryn Manning - Pennsatucky

  • Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett is one of many characters who've evolved significantly throughout

  • the series.

  • Her scraggly brown hair remains the same, but she did get new teeth.

  • Taryn Manning's look is more fabulous in real life.

  • She often appears rocker-chic, which is fitting considering she's performed in quite a few

  • bands over the years.

  • Lea DeLaria - Big Boo

  • The show's number one source of sarcasm, Big Boo has gone through a few different hairstyles,

  • but she usually keeps it short and dark with minimal makeup.

  • In real life, actress Lea DeLaria rocks a similar style, even sporting a tattoo on her

  • arm that says "Butch," but frequently wears glasses, unlike her locked-up counterpart.

  • Dascha Polanco - Daya

  • Actress Dascha Polanco has been blowing viewers away as the artistic Dayanara "Daya" Diaz

  • throughout the show's run.

  • Daya is known for her highlighted hairstyle, which the actress was already rocking when

  • she came in to audition.

  • In real life, Polanco also likes to experiment with hair colors, going from blonde to brunette

  • to a stunning platinum grey over the years.

  • She's a fashion rock star on the red carpet and always generates buzz with her distinctive

  • wardrobe choices.

  • Elizabeth Rodriguez - Aleida

  • Rodriguez plays Daya's hard-headed, abrasive mom Aleida Diaz on the long-running series.

  • She works hard to maintain appearances in prison and has a talent for nails.

  • When Rodriguez isn't playing a seasoned criminal with parenting issues, she transforms into

  • a vision of glamour and charm.

  • Selenis Leyva - Gloria

  • As the matriarch of Litchfield, actress Selenis Leyva has had to embody a wide range of emotions

  • through Gloria Mendoza, all of which she handles with skill.

  • On the show, Gloria keeps her look practical but pretty, maintaining a short hairstyle,

  • thin eyebrow, and a bit of a smokey eye.

  • In real life, Leyva also keeps her hair short, although she'll sometimes grow it out a bit,

  • and relies on light makeup.

  • Natasha Lyonne - Nicky

  • Nicky Nichols usually lets her thick hair run wild and likes to go heavy on the eyeliner

  • and mascara.

  • Off-screen, actress Natasha Lyonne likes to experiment with that gorgeous hair.

  • Though the actress usually sticks with simple styles, she has been known to choose some

  • memorable makeup looks, recently making a dramatic switch and choosing a shocking and

  • beautiful eye makeup-free look at a fashion show.

  • Laura Gomez - Blanca

  • Her character's look became a little less shocking after receiving a makeover in Season

  • 5, but it's still mind boggling to see how different actress Laura Gomez looks from the

  • unkempt Blanca.

  • "Boo!"

  • The character uses her crazy hair and unruly eyebrows to her advantage on the show, but

  • as she gets pulled closer to the central storyline, her look starts to soften.

  • In real life, Gomez is all glam and gets a fake unibrow drawn on for the character.

  • Emma Myles - Leanne

  • The ex-Amish Leanne Taylor is missing some of her teeth thanks to her addiction,

  • and she usually goes without makeup and lets her dirty blonde hair hang straight.

  • You probably wouldn't recognize fresh-faced actress Emma Myles on the street, but it was

  • her dedication to the transformation that earned her the role.

  • According to BuzzFeed, Myles showed up for the audition wearing next-to-no makeup, unwashed

  • hair, and dirty clothes.

  • Julie Lake - Angie

  • Like her on screen BFF Leanne, Angie Rice is well known for her straggly hair and not

  • so great dental hygiene.

  • Julie Lake's character sports wavy dark brown hair and usually goes without makeup as she

  • wanders the grounds of Litchfield.

  • Off-duty, Lake looks very different.

  • She rocks a great cat eye and contour and clearly knows how to brush and floss.

  • Francesca Curran - Skinhead Helen

  • She made a big splash in the show's fifth season as Skinhead Helen Van Maele, a bald

  • inmate who terrorizes Litchfield with her tattooed face and neck.

  • But the character is a huge transformation for actress Francesca Curran, who actually

  • shaved her head for the part and kept re-shaving it every morning on set so the makeup artists

  • could re-apply her facial tattoos.

  • In real life, Curran accessorizes with a variety of wigs and flaunts a style that is very feminine

  • and fabulous.

  • Laverne Cox - Sophia

  • Transgender actress Laverne Cox plays Sophia Burset, an inmate at Litchfield who runs the

  • facility's salon.

  • Given her beautician skills, Burset looks great in the series, and in real life, Cox's

  • red carpet look is simply perfection.

  • Cox is known for immaculate makeup, glowing complexion, and luxurious tresses.

  • Yael Stone - Lorna

  • Playing the always dolled up Lorna Morello, Yael Stone looks like a glamorous old movie

  • star, wearing a bold red lipstick with her dark hair in soft waves as she dreams of a

  • fairytale marriage outside the prison walls.

  • When Stone gets to ditch that drab prison garb on the red carpet, it's as if Morello

  • herself is finally living the life of her dreams.

  • While she may not look that different off screen, Stone certainly sounds different:

  • She hails from Australia, so her character's Boston accent didn't come naturally.

  • Adrienne Moore - Black Cindy

  • As the hilarious Cindy Hayes, also known as "Black Cindy," actress Adrienne Moore's hair

  • is often fashioned in two giant afro puffs and she sports minimal makeup.

  • In real life, Moore looks flawless on the red carpet, with bold hair, makeup, and attire.

  • Jackie Cruz - Flaca

  • Cruz oozes attitude and a distinct style as inmate Marisol "Flaca" Gonzales.

  • In the show, Flaca always wears thick cat-eye makeup, thick bangs, and that signature teardrop

  • under her right eye.

  • Fans of the show went berserk when they caught a glimpse of Cruz in something other than

  • her prison sweatshirt.

  • In April 2017, paparazzi photographed her on the beaches of Miami in a low-cut, sheer

  • black and beige swimsuit that left little to the imagination.

  • Jessica Pimentel - Maria

  • In the show, Jessica Pimentel plays Maria Ruiz, a tough-as-nail Dominican inmate who's

  • been through more than her fair share of drama and tragedy.

  • In prison, Ruiz is a tough, plain jane kind of woman, but off-screen, the actress moonlights

  • as a death-metal singer, performing in black bustiers and leather jackets.

  • Vicky Jeudy - Janae

  • On Orange is the New Black, Janae Watson is a former track star who made a terrible mistake

  • when she robbed a bank with an old boyfriend.

  • Her backstory makes her seem like a tomboy with a hard heart.

  • "I'm just a monkey in a cage, remember?"

  • "Oh no no.

  • I think she means …"

  • "I don't need you translating for me, Honey Boo Boo."

  • "Be quiet!"

  • In her private life, actress Vicky Jeudy is nothing like her troubled character.

  • In fact, she's even into beauty pageants and was once a semifinalist in the Miss New York

  • USA pageant, according to InStyle.

  • Diane Guerrero - Ramos

  • Much like her onscreen character, actress Diane Guerrero is all about appearances.

  • She plays the ever-feisty and sometimes ditzy Maritza Ramos, who sports perfect eyeliner

  • and stunning, long lockseven while behind bars.

  • According to InStyle, Guerrero was doing her makeup like that look long before her time

  • on the show, and her red carpet look proves she's just as stunning in real life.

  • Samira Wiley - Poussey

  • The beloved character of Poussey Washington, played by actress Samira Wiley, is best friends

  • with Taystee and Black Cindy and seems to have a heart of gold.

  • Her usual attire is an oversized sweatshirt and ill-fitting khaki pants.

  • On the flip side, Wiley is a stunner who could double as a fashion model any day.

  • Constance Shulman - Yoga Jones

  • A thin, beach blonde hippie, Erica "Yoga" Jones not particularly glamorous, but her

  • look is distinctive, as is her voice.

  • On set, she wears virtually no makeup, which enhances the earthy vibe she brings to her

  • character.

  • Off screen, actress Constance Shulman is known to be a bit more fashionable.

  • She's been photographed with slightly longer, better-kept locks complementing a wardrobe

  • that suits her tiny frame and suits her spunky personality.

  • Nick Sandow - Joe Caputo

  • There are only two words that can accurately describe Joe Caputo: stressed and sex-crazed.

  • Caputo, played by Nick Sandow, is Litchfield's warden.

  • Though he's by no means perfect, he is passionate about his career and often goes to bat against

  • his higher-ups for the facility and its residents.

  • Caputo typically sports a tattered suit, loose-fitted tie, and reading glasses on his head.

  • He's perhaps best known for his dated handle-bar mustache, and the remaining bits of hair he

  • has on the series is never combed or well-kept.

  • In real life, Sandow is a dapper fellow who typically opts for well-trimmed facial hair,

  • no spectacles, and nice suits.

  • Pablo Schreiber - P---stache

  • Schreiber plays Litchfield's first (but definitely not its last) creepy guard.

  • George "P---stache" Mendez was best known for his distinctive facial hair.

  • Otherwise, the tall guard kept his look simple, wearing his hair short and spiked.

  • In real life, actor Pablo Schreiber keeps his facial hair trendy, although he has said

  • he was sad to lose the signature facial hair when his character went to jail.

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