Leighton Meester Shows Off Her Bangs in NYC (PHOTOS)

We barely recognized Leighton Meester in these photos, as the Gossip Girl starlet’s sleek new ‘do has transformed her look drastically.

Miss Meester hit the HTC Serves Up NYC event in Manhattan on Tuesday night rocking a hot new hairdo. With blunt bangs in full force and hairpin-straight locks flowing down to her shoulders, Meester’s chic new style helped the starlet live up to her fashionista reputation she’s earned thanks to Gossip.

As for the show that helped launch Meester to fame, Gossip Girl is set to return to the CW on September 26 — and if the season premiere preview is any indication, Meester’s Blair character has a whole lot of explaining to do. Is she pregnant with Chuck’s baby? Or is it just a whole lot of hype to grab people’s attention for the show’s premiere? You be the judge … watch below: