Katie Holmes attends charity event solo, looks really young & happy

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These are photos of Katie Holmes attending the Dizzy Feet Foundation’s Inaugural Celebration of Dance at The Kodak Theater in Hollywood last night. Katie wore a really cute outfit to the event. “Cute” being relative, of course, but the look still surprises me. A short dress paired with a cute motorcycle jacket. Her color is great, she’s smiling and animated in almost every picture. There is no hint of zombie. There is also no hint of Tom Cruise. Katie went to the even solo, which I’m sure will be the main point of several tabloid stories this week.

Katie’s been involved with the Dizzy Feet Foundation since this summer, when she danced on So You Think You Can Dance? The Dizzy Feet Foundation is a nonprofit that “provides assistance to talented underprivileged youth.” It’s a nice cause for Katie to be involved with, and you can tell she really cares about it. She cares so much she left her film in New York to fly to Hollywood for a night, just for a charity event. Of course, Katie is also a producer on her film, so she probably got people to work around her.

Katie Holmes has been hanging out with her dancing pals in Hollywood. She hit the red carpet outside of the legendary Kodak Theatre ahead of a special dance gala for the Dizzy Feet Foundation, an organisation the actress has helped found alongside So You Think You Can Dance judge Nigel Lythgoe, director Adam Shankman and Dancing With The Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba.

“It’s so good for kids to have this outlet and to have this opportunity,” Katie told local news channel ABC 7. “There are so many deserving kids out there that need the help, and it’s really rewarding to be a part of something that can give it to them.”

Nigel explained how they’d already awarded scholarships to underprivileged students to attend the Juilliard School, the American Ballet Theatre and the Debbie Allen Dance Academy.

“It means so much to all of us, today is going to produce scholarships for at least 10 new dancers next season, plus we’ll be able to back the nine dancers we’ve given scholarships to this season,” he said. “We’re just growing and this is our first show, it’s just so exciting at the moment.”

A host of famous dancing names came out to either their lend support or perform, including Dancing With the Stars’ Lance Bass, Lacey Schwimmer, Dmitry Chaplin, Cheryl Burke, Derek Hough and Mark Ballas. So You Think You Can Dance’s Cat Deeley was also there to give her backing, along with Nigel’s fellow dancing panel friend Mary Murphy.

DWTS judge Carrie Ann Inaba said she and her fellow co-founders have some clear goals they’re determined to achieve.

“Dizzy Feet is all about giving that opportunity back to future generations… We’re going to create more and more baby dancers!”

[From The Press Association]

I’m sure people will criticize Katie for her solo appearance, and for wearing such a low-key outfit to the event (Entertainmentwise is already calling her “disheveled”) but I think she looks cute as hell. She looks her age for once! I hate when she works that older, zombie-trophy-wife look. By putting on a miniskirt (sort of) and a cute jacket, she seems to be telling us “Xenu who?” Epic.

Katie Holmes attending the Dizzy Feet Foundation’s Inaugural Celebration of Dance at The Kodak Theater in Hollywood on November 29, 2009. Credit: WENN

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  1. free says:

    she looks horrible, use a brush honey

  2. snowball says:

    I like that she’s simplified her look, at least for one night. She was starting to look like a homeless person with all those oversized pants and messy layered sweaters.

    If her hair looks sloppy, then I firmly place the blame on Tommy, for making her get that godawful Posh Spice haircut that’s finally growing out.

  3. crash2GO2 says:

    Yeah, what is with that awful stringy hair? My hair always looks a mess, but I have an excuse – naturally curly/wavy/needs its own zip code hair. She is looking much less zombie-like these days. Perhaps she has formulated her exit plan and so feels less helpless. Howz that for wild speculation? :P

  4. Lantana says:

    I have that jacket. (Except mine probably cost $3000 less.) I had no idea it is a motorcycle jacket. The longer I read this blog the older I realize I am. That said, I think Katie looks great. If she was my daughter, I’d be proud to say, “That’s my kid!” (unlike for example if Lindsay Lohan was my daughter).

  5. Just a Poster says:

    OMG the last picture she looks like Katie in her Pre-Tom years!

    Yes the first two, she dose need to brush her hair, but look what some time apart from him does for her!

  6. Ana says:

    The only reason why she looked sloppy was because of the hair.
    I’m diggin’ the light makeup and cute outfit!

  7. CadieBelle says:

    She looks healthy & happy!

  8. mollyb says:

    She looks waaay better than normal but is it just me or does her face look kind of puffy? I hope she is not jumping on the face-plumpin’ wagon. She’s way to young!

  9. bella says:

    I’m glad she looks happy. I just find it sad that it’s “news” when she does, since it seems like such a rarity for her.

  10. Raven says:

    I think she looks cute. The fact that she chose to leave work for a day from working on a film and fly across country could explain the hair. The fact that she did it to attend a charity event matters more to me than the state of her hair.

    She has a lot more clout as the wife of Tom Cruise than she would have had on her own. I’m glad she’s using it for a worth cause.

  11. Sumodo says:

    Agree with Raven, and due to the holiday weekend, she probably couldn’t find a hair stylist ANYWHERE. The great thing about this, is she left the Xenu colony, seems to have ditched her spooky handlers, and had a night on her own. More, please!

  12. yeah, RIGHT! says:

    I’ll look equally younger if I have the $ for all the buckets of fillers, botox and nose jobs.

    She looks horribly delusional.

  13. DrM says:

    She looks great, normal and animated. Makes you realise how terrible the pics of her usually look.

  14. cuppycake says:

    She looks awake! Good god, I thought that would never happen.

    She’s still killing me with the hair, but I love the outfit. It’s actually something a woman her age might wear.

  15. Maritza says:

    Her hair is a mess but other than that she looks happy and healthy.

  16. Praise St. Angie! says:

    hey guys, I just realized that her hair has that “I just got laid” look.

    so, maybe…the hair combined with the smile and Crazy Cruise’s absence?…

    …she finally got some!

  17. TwinkleToes says:

    she got botox

  18. ViktoryGin says:

    Maybe since Tom Cruise isn’t whispering scientology incantations in her ear.

  19. NicoleAM says:

    I’ve always thought Katie Holmes was beautiful! I wish ppl would stop picking on her just because of her husband. She hasn’t said/done anything to deserve the criticism.
    and down with the outfit, btw…:)

  20. Ursula says:

    Something has changed about her. Like she has a new lease on life. Maybe she was having problems and now things are better. Digging her jacket and mini

  21. Jag says:

    @ Praise St. Angie! ~ I agree. lol