For weeks, it's been the Lindsay Lohan show -- the Cannes caper, the courtroom crying, the rehab revisit, the stoic surrender. Now that she's locked up, let's move on to more pressing issues:
Who's the next Lindsay Lohan?
But unlike Lohan, she's a teenager.
At the tender age of 16, Momsen's already demonstrated a proclivity for thigh highs and stripper heels, cigarettes and sex toys. Her main gig: playing the problem-prone teen Jenny Humphrey on The CW's "Gossip Girl." Her side project: fronting the rock band The Pretty Reckless.
But at times, it seems like her real shtick is shock. This month, Momsen told Disorder magazine that she's "not gay but just bored of men" before adding that her best friend is her vibrator. In The Pretty Reckless' latest music video, "Miss Nothing," Momsen writhes over and under a dinner table, raccoon-eyed, barely clad, desperate to attract the attention of the bored old men trying to eat while she acts out.
In April, she told Entertainment Weekly, "I don't wanna be Courtney Love -- I wanna be Kurt Cobain." The month before that, she told Parade magazine, "I smoke, so what? Why do people give a s**t what a 16-year-old girl who they've never met does? It's not like I'm sitting there going, 'Kids, you should go buy a pack of cigarettes.'"
Clearly, she could care less about acting age-appropriate. But she's adopted Lohan's "FU" attitude (if not her manicure) a good five years before Lohan herself went off the rails. Is it all downhill from here?
Taylor Momsen: From Pretty to Punky
"It's not so different from other 16-year-olds in the sense that it's all about them," said Pepper Schwartz, a professor of sociology at the University of Washington and author of a number of books on parenting, sex and relationships. "Of course, she lives in a dangerous environment and she has access to dangerous people and dangerous drugs."
And dangerous fashion. Momsen's transformation from the pink-cheeked little girl who played Cindy Lou Who in "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" to the eyeliner-addicted waif who rocks out in Lucite stripper heels with a bulit-in tip jar is the stuff of most parents' nightmares.
"One of our favorite lamentations is, 'Who is putting the "mom" in Momsen?,'" said Heather Cocks, co-author of the celebrity fashion blog GoFugYourself.com, and co-chronicler of Momsen's style devolution on NYMag.com. "I don't know if she fancies it performance art, like a cross between Lady Gaga and Courtney Love, but I'm sort of terrified that it's just going to be thigh highs and a bra as soon as she turns 18. There's not much real estate left that we haven't seen already."