Before Charice Pempengco came out as a lesbian nine months ago, the singer (and former Glee actress) looked a lot different.

But in the months since Charice tearfully opened up about her sexuality, the young singer’s physical appearance has changed drastically. And you know what? If this new look is Charice finally getting to publicly embrace who she truly is, then we couldn’t be happier for her.

Back in 2008, Charice burst onto everyone’s radar when Oprah declared her “The Most Talented Girl in the World.” If you’d heard the girl sing, you know that this is no exaggeration. Don’t let her small size fool you — the Filipino songstress is a vocal powerhouse.

The sweet, soft-spoken singer had always dressed in a very feminine way... and perhaps that’s what people expected of her. For red carpet appearances, she’d wear cute dresses, heels, and makeup, and would style her long brown hair in lots of curls.

Charice chopped off her hair in March 2012, and was frequently seen rocking an edgier style of clothes. But in the nine months since she publicly came out, her sense of style has become even more pronounced.

On March 5, Sony Pictures tweeted a photo of Charice, 21, holding a copy of their Swan Princess DVD. The singer has gone even shorter with her hair, sporting a partially-shaved ‘do. She’s not wearing a dab of makeup, there’s not a speck of pink in her outfit — and she’s even shaved part of her left eyebrow.

Are you surprised by Charice’s transformation? Or does it seem like a natural part of her journey of acceptance and self-discovery?

Source: Sony Pictures on Twitter