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What the lead singer from Killing Heidi looks like now!

What the lead singer from Killing Heidi looks like now: Ella Hooper is almost unrecognisable in a rare TV interview without her signature dreadlocks and heavy makeup

The lead singer of Australian band Killing Heidi looks barely recognisable almost 20 years on from the group’s breakthrough debut album, Reflector.

Known for her heavy makeup, bold stage ensembles and her signature dreadlock tresses, Ella Hooper looked far from her punk-rock days on Monday.

The 36-year-old performer appeared on Today Extra, where she cut a demure figure in a red cardigan alongside her brother and band-mate Jesse Hooper.

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THEN: Killing Heidi's lead singer Ella Hooper at the ARIA Awards in 2000

THEN: Killing Heidi’s lead singer Ella Hooper at the ARIA Awards in 2000

The Weir songstress wore a flawless application of neutral-toned makeup with a pop of red lipstick, and placed her brunette locks down in loose, natural waves.

While on the Nine morning program, Ella reflected on beginning the band at 13, and her bold take on makeup at the time. 

She admitted to smudging red lipstick on her eyelids as makeshift eye shadow during the band’s heightened stardom in the 90s and 00s, as she ‘wasn’t a big makeup-girl growing up’.

‘Things were so much more naive back then. We didn’t really have a team of makeup artists and stylists following us around. Believe it or not, I actually made a lot of those clothes myself with the help of some friends who could sew,’ she said.

NOW: Ella Hooper, 36, appeared on Today Extra, where she cut a demure figure in a red cardigan alongside her brother and band-mate Jesse Hooper (R)

NOW: Ella Hooper, 36, appeared on Today Extra, where she cut a demure figure in a red cardigan alongside her brother and band-mate Jesse Hooper (R)

'We didn't have makeup artists or stylists': Ella said she used to smudge red lipstick on her eyelids as makeshift eye shadow as she 'wasn't a big makeup-girl growing up' (Pictured: 2001)

‘We didn’t have makeup artists or stylists’: Ella said she used to smudge red lipstick on her eyelids as makeshift eye shadow as she ‘wasn’t a big makeup-girl growing up’ (Pictured: 2001)

Killing Heidi temporary split in 2006, before reforming after a 10-year hiatus in 2016.

Ella recently competed against nine other local acts to represent Australia as a solo artist at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest with track, Data Dust.

Unfortunately for Ella, the honour went to singer Kate Miller-Heidke for her song, Zero Gravity.

Solo act: Ella recently competed against nine other local acts to represent Australia at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest with track, Data Dust (Pictured: 2019)

Solo act: Ella recently competed against nine other local acts to represent Australia at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest with track, Data Dust (Pictured: 2019)

Killing Heidi first rose to fame as the winner of Triple J’s unearthed competition in 1996 with their track Kettle.

They’ve gone on to release three studio albums, and are currently on a headline tour around Australia until November.

They will also appear on the Red Hot Summer Tour in January and February alongside special guests James Reyne, The Living End, and The Angels. 

Blast from the past! Killing Heidi first rose to fame as the winner of Triple J's unearthed competition in 1996 with their track Kettle

Blast from the past! Killing Heidi first rose to fame as the winner of Triple J’s unearthed competition in 1996 with their track Kettle

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