Joey King detailed the amount of work that went into her VMAs look: ‘I don’t really look like this’

  • Joey King presented an award at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, which aired on Sunday.
  • For the event, she wore a floral minidress from Versace, large gold chains, red pumps, and a sleek, straight hairstyle.
  • During the event's pre-show, King told Travis Mills that her red-carpet look included fake hair, Spanx, and more, saying: "So you know, I don't really look like this." 
  • The actress also shared before-and-after photos of her VMAs look on Instagram.
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Joey King said it took a lot of work to achieve her red-carpet look for the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, which aired on Sunday.

During the event's pre-show, King spoke with musician Travis Mills about how she prepped for the awards ceremony, according to Glamour. She told Mills that though others might not realize it, she was wearing fake hair, body makeup, and "a lot of Spanx."

"I'm wearing Versace. My first time wearing Versace," King said, according to the publication. "What's up? And what all went into it is I'm wearing a lot of Spanx, I've got some fake makeup on my legs so that they look shiny, and yeah, I have extensions in my hair. So you know, I don't really look like this."

Joey King at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards.
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Earlier in the week, King shared before-and-after photos from her VMAs experience with fans on Instagram. She first posted an image of herself in her red-carpet look, writing "VMAS!!!!!!!!!!🌓🌹" in her caption.

As Insider's Darcy Schild previously reported, "The Act" actress paired her long-sleeved, form-fitting dress with $470 red pumps from ISCREAM. To complete her look, King wore a coral manicure, sleek, straight hair parted down the middle, two gold clips attached to each side of her head, and oversized Versace chains.

Her beauty team for the night was comprised of fashion stylist Jared Eng, manicurist Thuy Nguyen, hairstylist Dimitri Giannetos, and makeup artist Allan Avendaño.

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After filming her award presentation, King switched into a more casual look that included a floral button-down shirt by Garçons Infidèles, graphic T-shirt, denim shorts, and flip flops. The actress also wore a red-and-black face mask.

She shared a photo of the outfit on Instagram, writing: "That post VMAS glow amiright? #BackToReality #BackToMyCouch."

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