The 34-year-old is better known for her plump lips, but Fox isn’t bothered by the fact that she’s seen as a sex symbol. “I don’t know why someone would complain about that,” she says. “I think all women in Hollywood are known as sex symbols. That’s what our purpose is in this business. You’re merchandised, you’re a product. You’re sold and it’s based on sex. But that’s okay. I think women should be empowered by that, not degraded.”
Both in Black
Megan Fox has said the comparison to Angelina Jolie is “a lack of creativity on the media’s part,” but the similarities are hard to miss. Whether in long black gowns — Jolie wore one to the Oscars while the Transformers star donned hers to the U.K. premiere of the movie’s sequel — or LBDs, neither star needs to rely on color to stand out.
These box-office babes love their action movies. Jolie brought video game hero Lara Croft to the big screen, and Fox (with Shia LaBeouf) helped relaunch the Hasbro toy line and animated TV series, Transformers, for a new generation. Still, Fox commends the older star’s ability to do more than just stunts. “Angelina was always a Method actress,” she has said. “She’d been nominated for Golden Globes before she ever did Tomb Raider.”
They wow in black and white! Jolie got glam at 2004′s Academy Awards, and Fox shined at Paris Fashion Week this year. Will the two ever rub elbows at the same event? Not likely, as the young starlet says she’d be too embarrassed. “I’m sure she has no idea who I am,” Fox has said. “But if I were her, I’d be like, ‘Who the f— is this little bulls— brat who was in Transformers that’s going to be the next me?’”
Although Fox got mixed reviews after showcasing a slicked down hairstyle (Fox News noted that she “looked as though she desperately needed a shower”) at the MTV Movie Awards this year, Jolie got rave reviews when she donned the same ‘do to the L.A. premiere of Mr. and Mrs. Smith in 2005.
Both actresses look great getting in character, especially when they are dressing for a different era. Jolie, who dressed in true flapper fashion with fur-trimmed coats and cloche hats, played a 1920s mother whose son went missing. Although Fox also traveled back in time for her role as a gun-wielding beauty in the 19th-century Western flick Jonah Hex, she was noticed more for her 22-inch waist than her couture corset on the Louisiana set.