Voila_Capture 2014-02-21_09-04-46_AMThis is the McKayla Maroney conundrum. Figure skaters and gymnasts are forced to look like porcelain dolls while performing their routines. Some of them look like that all the time. Others, like Maroney, morph from frightening dance slave:

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… into kind of hot:

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To explore this phenomenon, Yahoo has put together a nice with and without makeup slideshow of Olympic figure skaters. Most look different off the ice (for the better). But I love how tight-face Meryl Davis is exactly as Eyes Wide Shut-masquerade-mask with makeup as she is without. Those cheek bones never settle, baby!

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View the full slideshow here. Spoiler: Ashley Wagner doesn’t look like a clown all the time.

H/T to (@rob_stott_88)