By ANDREA MAGRATH
New look: High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens looks rather gothic as she attends New York Fashion Week
She became a household name playing angel-faced good girl Gabriella in the High School Musical films.
But with the Disney franchise - and her long-term relationship with co-star Zac Efron - behind her, it appears that Vanessa Hudgens is keen to move on.
The 22-year-old has undergone a startling makeover, stepping out at New York Fashion Week looking more goth girl than teen queen.
Tweet tat: Last night Vanessa got her first tattoo, which friend Ruby Rose promptly tweeted a picture of
And to truly ensure there are no more Disney roles in her future, last night Vanessa decided to get her first tattoo.
The actress got inked by famed tattoo artist Bang Bang, the man responsible for Rihanna's body art, after dinner in Manhattan with Australian music group The Veronicas and their fellow Aussie MTV VJ Ruby Rose.
Her dining companions are all tattoo enthusiasts, and Ruby, 24, admitted on Twitter that she may have had an influence over Miss Hudgens.
Hardly Disney: The 22-year-old rubbed shoulders with Kanye West at the Jeremy Scott show
She wrote: 'Please don't blame me.. But I may have convinced Vanessa Hudgens to get a tattoo... Now. Her first. By bang bang.'
The DJ and model added later: 'Vanessa is deciding between her neck or ribs what do you guys think?'
The former tween queen went through with the inking, acquiring a butterfly on her neck.
She wasn't alone, Jessica Veronica also tweeted: 'Getting my favourite name in the world tattooed.'
Fashion crowd: Vanessa, pictured with socialite Olivia Palermo at the Tibi catwalk show has turned up to no less than eight shows at NY Fashion Week
Earlier in the day Vanessa was spotted arriving at Milk Studios in New York where she sat front row at the Jeremy Scott show alongside Kanye West and Keri Hilson.
Vanessa wore a floor-length velvet coat to the show, which she took off to unveil another velvet dress with cross embellishments from the designer's fall 2010 collection.
She wore a pair of clunky biker boots with a split toe. The unflattering style has been seen on Sarah Jessica Parker before.
Change of image: The former tween queen was staying true to her Disney roots just last week at Disney World, Florida
Meanwhile: Back in LA, her ex Zac Efron is hard at work at the gym
The brunette beauty has been hitting the fashion circuit hard this week, turning up to no less than eight shows.
As well as Jeremy Scott, Vanessa was spotted at Anna Sui and Marchesa, as well as the Yigal Azrouel show, before heading out for dinner with her Australian buddies.
Earlier in the week, she stopped by Marc Jacobs, Diesel Black & Gold, Tibi, and Alice + Olivia.
But Vanessa managed to avoid a run-in with her recent ex, Zac Efron, who attended the Calvin Klein Mens Fall/Winter show with Joe Jonas and Twilight star Kellan Lutz on Sunday.
Break up makeover? The couple split in December after four years of dating
Just last week Vanessa was still holding on to her innocent Disney persona by posing for happy snaps with Disney characters at Disney World in Florida.
But it was a very different story this week, as she went from fresh-faced to dark and mysterious as she rubbed shoulders with the edgy fashion crowd.
Vanessa's sudden style transformation comes after the couple's unexpected break-up in December after four years of dating.
They briefly reconciled in January, but appear to be separated again - for now at least.
Now and then: Vanessa is barely recognisable from the innocent High School Musical character that made her a star
Vanessa recently told Details magazine: ''We're still friends. Who knows what the future will bring. We're figuring things out.'
But Zac, 23, has been linked to Australian actress Teresa Palmer in recent weeks.
The 17 Again star was spotted accompanying Teresa to a screening of her new movie,Take Me Home Tonight, last week.
'There was definitely some hand-holding', a witness told America's People magazine after spotting Zac and Teresa inside the screening's after-party.
'The two ate together and seemed really engaged in conversation. They seemed really into each other, ' the source added.
Vanessa Hudgens at Tibi Collection Fall 2011 (Feb 15)
Everything I own Vanessa Hudgens and I can't go on I'll go on Bandslam
Vanessa Hudgens and Stella visiting the Disney World Resort
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