Whoa. They say that bangs can change your look and give you a boost -- just ask Michelle Obama. But in the case of quirky-cute actress and She & Him singer Zooey Deschanel, who's known for her signature fringe, she's rendered instantly and totally unrecognizable without it.

The songstress wore her face-framers swept back at the 2013 Met Gala this week, while the rest of her locks were pulled into an up-do. Be honest -- if we didn't tell you it was Deschanel, would you know it was her? She looks markedly, drastically and severely different. Bangs are youthful, and without 'em, the 33-year-old Zooey does appear a tiny bit older.

Zooey, you're beautiful, and we love you. But please, we implore you -- don't go sans bangs again. It's like one of those optical illusions we can't figure out.

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