I honestly can't think of many Annies, either whom I have seen on stage, or in a video or photo, who could be considered "beautiful" in appearance,( but certainly in spirit.) That is not to say many Annies haven't grown up to be very attractive women. The red bowl style bob etc. accentuated a plain appearance, or toned down a girl's attractive features. I would use other adjectives to describe "an Annie" such as feisty, mischievous, spunky etc, but not beautiful. I think Kristen was a pretty girl, and very talented, but just didn't have the other qualities needed for the role, as Julie said. I think people in describing why she was let go, used the "too pretty" excuse to be tactful (such as Andrea herself) I do have a lot of respect for Kristen to continue as a stand-by.