VMAs 2012: 'Awkward' star Ashley Rickards goes blonde -- what do you think?

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ashley-rickards-blonde-vmas.jpgAt VMA time, the MTV stars go big or go home -- and "Awkward" ingenue Ashley Rickards is no exception to the rule. We're used to seeing her on the series as frumpy, dark-haired Jenna, but for Awards night, she's ditched her usual drab braid for something much more va-va-voom.

Rickards tweeted this photo from her car on the way to the red carpet -- check out those blonde waves! She's barely recognizable, but we love the new look. (And we're glad she's got those Red Bulls at the ready -- the VMAs are always a crazy night!)

Her new style isn't likely to last too long, though. MTV announced last month that "Awkward" has been renewed for a "super-sized" third season, with 20 new episodes set to debut in 2013. Check out our post for scoop on whether the kids will head off to college next year!

What do you think of the blonde hair? Upgrade or downgrade?
Photo/Video credit: Twitter @AshleyRickards