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=Friday may be everyone’s favorite day of the week, but Thursday is the gift that keeps on giving thanks to #TBT. The Instagram hashtag provides us with a weekly serving of simultaneously hilarious and adorable photo throwbacks from both regular folk and celebs alike. And this week brought a special treat for Mob Wives fans: a (late-’90s? early ‘00s?) bartending, blonde (!) Big Ang.


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Yep, the VH1 show’s breakout star — whom we all know and love with her dark ‘do and larger than life, um, personality — used to be a bubbly blonde... and with bangs, no less! The double J's are still there, of course, but this is otherwise a much lighter (figuratively and literally) Ang than we’re used to seeing on Thursday nights. We know the OG Mob Wife still loves to have a good time, but we can’t help but wonder if she was having even more fun as a golden-haired goddess.

Also, how much of a natural does our Big Ang look behind that bar! We’re guessing this isn’t her current Staten Island hot spot Drunken Monkey — which didn’t open until 2007 — but we’d definitely love to see Ang bring out those bartending skills again, even if she is a big star and business owner now. You never want to forget your roots.

Blonde, brunette, redhead (!) — you can rock any color, lady, 'cause you’re the best.

Check out Mob Wives: New Blood on Thursday nights at 10 p.m. on VH1.

What do you think of Big Ang as a blonde — do you think she should try it again? Sound off below.

Samantha Lear is an Assistant Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!