Cat Deeley in Michael Kors

Posted on March 05, 2013

Oh, Miss Cat. No, dear. No. Pick another, more private moment to act out your “Papa, Don’t Preach” fantasies.


Cat Deeley attends the ‘Dukes Of Melrose’ launch in Los Angeles, California in Michael Kors.

Michael Kors Spring 2013 Collection/Model: Julia Frauche

We fully admit that we’re prudish about belly skin on the red carpet. It’s not that we think ladyflesh is sinful; it’s just that, in a formal or semi-formal atmosphere, it’s a bit distracting, even when it’s done tastefully and demurely. This is neither. We like the design here, for the most part. We just don’t think the top is meant to fit that way or to show that much of her abs. And speaking of which, when you are clearly flexing and sucking in, it doesn’t look sexy or carefree, it looks a bit desperate. What we’re trying to say is, that’s just too much ab for this event. It’s also too much makeup for that face. Go home, have a bath, and start over again, hon. Let us never mention this moment of attention-seeking again.


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  • Sobaika

    Her makeup is WAY HARSH but from the neck down I think she looks fabulous.


    • A. W.

      Way harsh Tai!

  • She just looks so…sad. Too bad because she seems like such a lovely, happy person, and she has a killer body, obviously. 

    • iheartbuffy

      SAD CLOWN!!!

      • 3boysful

         Exactly–from the thumbnail, I thought she was doing a mime thing!

  • If there were only a peek of skin, this would be nice.  She must be quite tall, it is quite a bit longer on the model.

    • filmcricket

      I think that may be due to more volume in the chestal region. Or maybe she has a longer torso? I think she is tall, but it would surprise me to learn she’s taller than your average runway model.

      How does one go to a lunch in a belly top? I realize none of these people eat, but even still, you’d be expecting to sit for a while, no? Even the fittest of ladies will pooch a bit when sitting.

      • RebeccaKW

         She’s 5’9, so yea, she’s not.  But I agree, she either has a longer torso than that runway model or the boobs have pulled it up some.  I do like it on the model and I’d be fine with it here, given what the event is.  But the fit is just off enough to make it distracting, the shoes and bag don’t go, and she is wearing yesterday’s makeup.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Definitely looks like sucking in!!  Poor thing.  I really hate the length of the skirt (which is like church length) with the bare torso… that just doesn’t go at all.
    She does “easy breezy” sooooo  well.  She should stick to that.  This bold primary color dress and make up looks harsh on her. 

  • I heart me some Cat Deeley! But…this is definitely a no. I really prefer the fit on the model. Clearly, before it got to Cat, it shrunk about two sizes.

    Meanwhile, SYTYCD was renewed for a 10th (and final?) season! woop, woop. Maybe, Cat will finally get her due and be rewarded with an Emmy.

    • Sobaika

      Final season??? My heart is breaking right now (although the last few were kinda ‘meh’ they were still delightful).

      If she doesn’t get an Emmy I will revolt. Didn’t Jimmy Kimmel even joke about it last time?

      • That’s word on the street. My summer is gonna feel so empty without watching contemporary, hip-hop, jazz, group numbers routines from true legit dancers. That’s pretty much the main reason I don’t do DWTS – it’s filled with celebs who’re trying to get their name back in the limelight. There’s no passion, no love. Yeah, maybe they’ll grow to love what they’re doing with practice (and depending how far they get on the show) but it can’t compare to SYTYCD. At all. Anywho, I’m going off topic.

        You’re right bout the last few seasons being kinda meh. I’m still waiting too be completely immersed in a season like I was with Season 2 (Benji x Donyelle, Ivan, Allison, Travis, etc.) and, especially, Season 4 (Joshua x Katie, Twitch, Courtney, Kherington, etc.)

        • MilaXX

          Could never make it through an entire season. Mary’s screaming & going batshit drives me crazy. I cannot with the overly enthused judges. It’s also killed my Dancing with the Stars love.

          • Sobaika

            That’s sort of what I don’t like about the more recent seasons: the judges (especially Mary!) are apeshit, you can practically see the producers messing with things, the choreographers know exactly what strings to pull, etc. 

            Seasons 2 and 3 were my favorite. Also maybe 5? But I still watch it because it makes for damn good TV. It hasn’t slid as far down as PR which triggers a Pavlov-esque response in me to vomit.

          • christinewithanx

             I DVR it and fast forward through all the explanation of the stupid story of the 60 seconds they’ll be dancing, as well as the judging. The only judge who is even tolerable to watch is Adam Shankman, when he is on. It takes approximately 35 minutes to watch a 2 hour episode without having to listen to so much talking.

          • Pretty much what I do nowadays, too. The judges have become a bit…okay, A LOT…into themselves. I just fast forward that shit and just keep on moving. I like Adam Shankman, too. He’s funny. Nigel is alright. Mary is just…you gotta take that woman in very small, small, s m a l l doses. Also, I’m not really a fan of the weekly celeb judges. Especially, if they don’t know a thing about dancing. They can keep Jesse Tyler Ferguson, though. I still cringe when I remember Katie Holmes attempting to dance. *shudders*

          • Sobaika

            I liked Jesse Tyler! Also NPH, he was harsh but he was taking it seriously. Natalie Portman’s man was alright.

          • merciblahblah

             I gotta admit, I am enjoying this discussion of SYTYCD way too much. And as far as guest jeedges go, Christina Applegate can do no wrong, IMHO. She is funny, smart, endearing, and gives spot-on critiques of the dancers – i.e. – she knows her stuff. I love Jesse Tyler, but it makes more sense to me to have actual DANCERS critiquing the dancers. Call me crazy. I maaaay also have a weeeensy girl crush on Christina. Anyhoo – I will be crushed if this is the final season. That’s only because I have an even BIGGER girl crush on Cat. Love. Huh.

          • Sobaika

            She was good too! I was surprised when she’d mentioned taking classes with Benji, Hollywood really is a small town.

          • Oh! I love Jesse Tyler. I meant that SYTYCD should keep me permanently as a judge. I remember NP’s hubby – at least he knew the contestants’ names. I forgot which celebrity judge didn’t even know the contestants’ names. I wanted to slap him/her through my TV.

          • RebeccaKW

             Yes, Mary is way too over the top most of the time.  Give the Hot Tamale Train a rest.  I always DVR so I can fast-forward through the judging.  I don’t really care what they say most of the time.  And I feel like the people at home get it right-you know, like on Idol, so much of it is voting for the cute boy, regardless of talent.  But I don’t get that feeling with this show.  Also, I never watch Idol or X-Factor and gets teary-eyed from a performance.  But there is always at least one dance a season that leaves me in tears.

        • Alyssa

          Seasons 2 & 4 were my favorites as well! I actually saw the season 4 tour, and have the poster in my office. I’m a pipeline engineer, so I take a lot of crap for that, lol!

          • LAWD! I envy you soooo effin’ badly. The main main tour I always wanted to go to was the Season 4. For my birthday a couple years back, my sister surprised me with tickets to see the Season 5 cast (Ade, Brandon, Kayla, etc.) She enjoyed it way more than I did because all I kept thinking to myself was, “I know I should be grateful and appreciative but, dammit, she was one year too late!” 

            Display that SYTYCD Season 4 poster with pride!

  • Little_Olive

    I need to take a q-tip and correct that unfortunate cat-eye eyeliner line (wow, alliteration). Then we can talk about the clothes.   

  • I don’t really mind the abs but that face is an abomination.

    • MoHub

       It’s not the abs; it’s the protruding ribcage.

      • xmixiex

        I wouldn’t call that “protruding rib cage”… that’s muscular definition around the ribs and that’s just how they kinda cut in.  it’s more muscular than waify, ya dig?


    I don’t HATE this, it’s a kind of fun look but I definetly would have liked a sassy strappy sandal, big, sezier hair and any other bag than that one.  To me, it’s the styling that is wrong on this. 

  • Just needs baggy, ripped mum jeans to make the Bananarama impression complete.

    • Introspective

      Bananarama!!!!!! loved them!!!!

      this look? not so much. cat needs a wet wipe to the face and a longer top stat. 

  • Annabelle Archer

    What in the fuck is happening on her face?  That is drunken shenanigans face! And I just can’t with the outfit. 

    • newleaf1

      Drunk shenanigans face….I’m going to have to find a conversation to work that into today…love it!

    • iheartbuffy

      It’s like the party scene in Breakfast at Tiffany’s with the random lady crying at herself in the mirror…. very scary….

    • kimmeister

      Her eye makeup is ghastly!

  • RussellH88

    Too much Ab, not enough Fab.

    Do I win?

  • pookiesmom

    Even my intense love for the Deeley can’t redeem this. Yikes.

  • She’s so delightful, and yet, so terrible at dressing herself lol. Everytime I see her, I want to love what she’s wearing because she seems like such a cool person, but alas, I rarely do.

  • BrooklynBomber

    I’m just trying to imagine a situation in which the weather would be appropriate for long sleeves and bare midriff.

  • joancarol

    Bette-Davis-in-What-Ever-Happened-to-Baby-Jane   face.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    I  wouldn’t have guessed this was a red carpet from the picture.  Maybe a luncheon or something.  In other words, I see what you mean.  It’s not just the abs, though.  It’s just… it’s a casual look.

  • Dot

    Belly skin or not, this is just fugly.

  • MilaXX

    This is an exceptionally bad look on her. The belly shirt is wrong, the hair is wrong, and the makeup is really wrong. 
    Then she tops it with *that* bag? Sadly the only thing I like about this look is the skirt.

  • Eclectic Mayhem

    UK reference alert – Google ‘Minnie the Minx’  THAT’S who the lovely Cat Deeley is dressed as…

    Love me some Ms Deeley but I’m horrified by the make-up here.

  • f_yeah_marie

    Is the skirt supposed to be shiny?  It looks shiny on Cat but not on the model (perhaps due to lighting).

  • lobsterlen

    Oh Cat what did they do to you?

    Here makeup is horrible. She looks 20 years older than her actual age.

  • Jesus, that MAKEUP. It looks like her face is melting.

  • If the Duchess had sewn the top and bottom together and made a dress, I would love this. I will never sign off on crop tops. Ever. 

  • iheartbuffy

    I’m ok with the outfit… sort of… but I think a 13-year-old emo girl did her make up.

  • The only person in the world this would look good on is a 100 pound 19 year old. Amiright?

    • iheartbuffy

      when ur right, ur right.

  • Yeah, the sucking-in-the-stomach thing is never flattering. If she has to do that, then this was clearly the wrong outfit for her. Also, her eye makeup looks atrocious. It looks like it got smeared after she started crying when someone told her that this was what she was going to have to wear. 

  • I would love this if it was one piece instead of two.  Cat looks best with light makeup. 

  • Maluca

    Her horrible makeup makes it nearly impossible for me to focus on her outfit. 

  • Diego!

    ‘Pick another, more private moment to act out your “Papa, Don’t Preach” fantasies.’ Hahahahahahaaaaaa I almost peed on my pants when I read this hahahaha xD

  • 100% sucking it in.

  • fringebenefit

    Absolutely right-on, TLo. 

  • elemspbee

    now I can’t unsee that face. that’s a harsh thing to see at 7:30 a.m. Really. give me something else, now!

  • Alyssa

    I have undying Cat love, but this is just no good. I am also prudish about formal belly skin, especially when the wearer looks that uncomfortable in the outfit. And that makeup is just not good.

  • I love me some Cat, but that sad clown makeup has GOT to go.

  • crash1212

    I would like to know more about the black and white print dress w/orange purse in the background of panel #5. Looks cute. As for Cat – eh – don’t mind the outfit, but the makeup is egregious. 

  • Her makeup looks like she just woke up from a long night……

  • decormaven

    Strange selection for the venue; just look at the two women in long gowns who are ahead of her on the step n repeat. This looks like a luncheon outfit, preferably with other similarly-inclined women, to see who can win the best abs division. 

  • butter nut

    THAT MAKEUP! my god, how old is this girl?  she looks at least 45. and i have a feeling she’s not anywhere close to 45.  does no one like her enough to stop her from posing for pictures looking like this?

  • wow, t’lo NAILED it… papa don’t preach for the win! maybe the outfit was in the dryer too long and shrank? or is that skank?)


  • Snailstsichr

    She needs to give this to a short (or short-waisted) person.

  • xmixiex

    dem abs! 

  • mhleta

    I kinda like it. Some pearls would have been a really nice addition to this. I really think she only looks like she’s sucking it in in the one shot. There’s room for improvement with the hair and makeup.

  • jw_ny

     desperate and in need of a bath, indeed.

    Her face is turning red, and about to go into the purple range, from the strain of sucking in her gut and holding her breath.  If she felt the need to suck it in…she should definitely have not chosen to wear this. 

  • j_anson

    Whenever I wonder if I am being overly prudish or driven by gendered expectations (ie “the wumminfolk shouldn’t show their skin!”) I consider whether I would like an equivalent outfit on a guy.

    And no. I would not be pleased if guys were wearing equivalent outfits to the red carpet. Heh.

  • formerlyAnon

    That’s a great skirt. Skin tight horizontal stripes with long sleeves, in any colors, always remind me of mimes in berets. I wouldn’t like that top if it covered her down to the skirt.

    Her makeup is awful. It makes her look wan and tired.(Or fails to obscure that she IS wan and tired, I suppose.)

  • LauraWL

    I think she’s sucking in bc the skirt is too tight. The fit is all wrong, if the skirt was more oversized and sort of slouchy and closer to the top with less belly showing I think it could have been fine (like how it is on the model). And the makeup is just horrible. Horrible! 

  • Imasewsure

    I thought this was going to be so cute…. until I scrolled down… just no

  • Zippypie

    Ugh! Belly shirts (and at first I typed “belly shits”) needed to have stayed in the 90s forever!  No, no, NO!

    And it’s a shame because the skirt is actually really cut very chic, as The Duchess is prone to do.

    That makeup and hair…*shudder*

  • Someone should be beaten for that eye makeup!

  • MarissaLG

    I don’t hate this, but the makeup is not good and you guys are right- her flexing her abs is super obvious and distracting. 

  • notterriblybitter

    That is some serious walk of shame makeup. 

    • judybrowni

      I was thinking “Joker from Batman.”

      But Walk of Shame, yeah, neither is a good look for red carpet.

  • libraangel

    Flexing/Sucking in is so accurate! What the hell with that pose? And that is one fugly dress – er, separates

  • guest2visits

    I could never get to the end of each season of SYTYCD. I could never follow the reasoning of the judges, at that point.
    But the first tryouts and starting to see what the dancers could do, was really wonderful.  Forget it DWTS.
    I think these two striped pieces together are loud and obnoxious. Worn seperately they could be very nice – although I don’t like bare
    midriff tops over skirts anyway.  This would be a whole different look as a dress.

  • Bwin51

    The skirt is really cute.

  • alaskahyoung

    It’s also too much BAD makeup for that face.*
    and hate the outfit.

  • that’s an outfit for vacation.  not wherever you are.  and is this a new thing?  because i hate it.  makeup under the eye but none above?  ugh!

  • Judy_J

    Awful, just awful.

  • Her face is pure “Donatella Versace”, and I hate the outfit. I would have kept the top and go with a pair of skinny black pants.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Oh, dear. She is such a beautiful thing and this is just so wrong on so many levels. Oh, dear.

  • bd73

    sucking in? it’s like a frankie avalon/annette funnicello beach movie.

  • Sara LaBatt

    I’m sorry, did that say she’s at a premiere for “The Dukes of Melrose?”  Maybe it’s a theme outfit…

  • kathrineb

    Make up gun make up… as in the makeup gun that Homer invented on The Simpsons. Perhaps its not quite that bad but close.