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Tina Fey swaps out her signature glasses

March 5, 2013 at 12:08 PM ET

On TODAY Tuesday, Tina Fey talks about her new film, “Admission,” in which she plays a Princeton University admissions officer.
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On TODAY Tuesday, Tina Fey talked about her new film, “Admission,” in which she plays a Princeton University admissions officer.

Et tu, Tina?

America’s most beloved bespectacled comedian seems to have upgraded her signature look. On TODAY Tuesday, Tina Fey revealed newer, bigger, and thicker “hipster” eyewear, making us wonder: Has she retired her well-known glasses along with Liz Lemon?

Tina Fey as Liz Lemon in NBC's "30 Rock".
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Tina Fey as Liz Lemon in NBC's "30 Rock".

The “30 Rock” star’s most recognizable accessory has been with her since her “Saturday Night Live” writing days, and has come to be associated with the actress’s witty demeanor. Her signature eyewear even has its own entry in Urban Dictionary: “Horn-rimmed or otherwise very nerdy eye glasses, typically characterized as something worn by librarians, naughty secretaries, or U.S. vice presidential candidates.”

And they were immortalized in a now-famous 2008 “Saturday Night Live” sketch, in which Hillary Clinton (played by Amy Poehler) ribs Sarah Palin (played by Tina Fey) about her Tina Fey glasses. (All very meta.)

Tina Fey makes an appearance on MTV's Total Request Live at MTV Studios  in New York on April 22, 2008.
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Tina Fey's frames made an appearance on MTV's Total Request Live at MTV Studios in New York on April 22, 2008.
Tina Fey at Comic-Con 2010 on July 22, 2010 in San Diego, California.
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Tina Fey at Comic-Con 2010 on July 22, 2010 in San Diego, California.

But Fey's new frames are the kind of trendy black specs now spotted all over the place.

Celebrities spotted sporting the thick frames range from Rihanna and Kim Kardashian to Anne Hathaway on the red carpet. And don't forget the people who wore them before they were cool — Woody Allen and Iris Apfel. Affordable frames are available everywhere these days, from Urban Outfitters to Warby Parker.

No prescription necessary: Even Kim Kardashian, seen shopping in Beverly Hills on Jan. 7, 2012 is in on the trend.
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No prescription necessary: Even Kim Kardashian, seen shopping in Beverly Hills on Jan. 7, 2012 is in on the trend.

The glasses are even showing up in the news — they made headlines last year when five men on trial for a series of 2010 D.C. killings wore them in court, a move prosecutors claimed was an attempt to gain the jury's sympathy. (Donning a pair of spectacles while on trial seems to be a new trend in courtroom accessories, with one lawyer even calling it the “nerd defense,” according to Esquire.com.)

What do you think of Fey's new look?

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