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The Word: Taylor Momsen's TV mother loves her new look

Taylor Momsen and I are not that far apart in age, but she makes me feel old.

Taylor Momsen and Kelly Rutherford at Fashion Week, September 2013. (Via Kelly Rutherford's Instagram) The toned-down Taylor Momsen and Kelly Rutherford at Fashion Week. Credit: Instagram

Taylor Momsen and I are notthat far apart in age, but she makes me feel old. Something about her grungy underwear model persona brings out the future mom in me. "Wash your face!" I want to cry. "Brush your hair! You'd be so pretty without all that black gunk around your eyes!"

Apparently Kelly Rutherford, Taylor's onscreen stepmom on "Gossip Girl," feels the same way. When she ran into her TV stepdaughter at Fashion Week looking significantly more smooth of hair and delicate of eyeliner than usual, Kelly was so pleased she had to run right over and give her a big hug and an Instagram, captioning it "Your eyes, your eyes... So beautiful.@taylormomsen." Of course, Taylor maintained a bored rock star pout, but we moms have to pick our battles.

What would the Upper East Side think?

Rutherford, who played Serena’s mom Lily Van der Woodsen on "Gossip Girl," wouldn’t fit in so well with its snobbish characters these days: She’s just filed for bankruptcy.

She had been locked in a long divorce and custody battle with her husband, German businessman Daniel Giersch, which apparently drained her finances.

 
 
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