Jennifer "Jen" Glamour is a character in the City of Heroes MMO. She first appeared in the text-only story "Battle of the Jens" and later appeared under the employ of Lexie Lothora in "Furia and the Guardians".
Born Jennifer McGillicutty, she was an unattractive and overweight teen. But everyone around her would believe that she was thin and beautiful and would be surprised when they would see pictures of her. She realized that she had a telepathic power to make people see her ideal self. While she could enter beauty contests and win every one of them, her winnings would be negated when someone took a picture of her. So she avoided cameras and worked to find ways to make her beauty permanent.
A chance encounter with a salesman for a local pharmaceutical company led to the discovery of an experimental drug that would allow her to internalize and physicalize her illusion power. After seducing and later blackmailing the CEO, she soon had a regular supply of Glamourall, and everyone saw her as beautiful both in person and in photos.
She took full advantage of her newfound beauty by changing her name to "Jen Glamour", moving to Hollywood, and began posing for various men's magazines, culminating with her appearance in the September 1994 issue of Glam Bunny Magazine. Months later, she was named the magazine's Glam Bunny of the Year for 1995.
Jen embraced her new celebrity status, becoming a frequent model for Glam Bunny, showing up at all of the magazine's publicity appearances, and then transitioning it to an acting career in Hollywood. Critics said her appearances were wooden and sometimes felt like she was "moving in mud". They had no idea that it was because she was really a morbidly obese woman.
When other Glam Bunny models gained attention through their adventure races, Jen was quick to usurp the attention, bumping out sister model Jenny Star from a movie based on the team. While the initial movie was a modest box office success, subsequent sequels were straight-to-video.
Unfortunately it was Jen's boyfriend of the time that led to her downfall. During an appearance in Rhode Island with other models, Jen's supply of Glamourall were replaced with placebos. Jen's beauty began to unravel, and her mind lashed out against anyone seeing her real self. It took the intervention of Jenny Star to shut down the psionic storm that Jen was unleashing in the area.
Soon afterward, the truth of Jen Glamour's beauty and all of her manipulations came out. Glam Bunny distanced themselves from her, as did everyone in Hollywood, although Glam Bunny founder Old Man Hare did make sure Jen got all of the "help" she needed.
Unfortunately, Jen refused the help. Nothing would ever make her truly beautiful except through Glamourall. She reached out to the few friends she had, including a professional stalker named James Normal, who arranged for her release and to break into the warehouse containing the rest of the Glamourall formula. Obsessed with being beautiful again, Jen drank all of the concentrated liquid, overdosing on the dangerous drug based on the illegal substance Superadine. The drug began pouring out of her pores, creating a huge gelatinous cocoon around her.
Months later, she emerged from the cocoon transformed once again as "Jen Glamour". Only this time she would be forever in this state; never aging, never changing.
She was convicted of her crimes and sent to the Zigursky Penitentiary, where her powers were negated through more drugs. Not long after that, she freed from prison from an unknown benefactor. She took the opportunity and fled to the Rogue Isles and eventually accepted a job with LexieTech Incorporated.
Powers and Abilities
Jen Glamour's primary ability is Mind Control. She has the ability to manipulate the minds of others.
Her secondary ability is Psionic Assault. She can use her power to inflict psychological pain on her enemies. This can vary from dizziness to psychosomatic injury.
She can also use her power to leap great distances.
Because of the nature of her Glamourall overdose, she is now forever in her idealized beautiful state. She can never get old, gain or lose weight, and any injuries are quickly healed. She also cannot get pregnant, but she considers that a bonus.
According to writer/creator David 2, Jen Glamour was based on several blond Playboy Playmates, including Jenny McCarthy and the late Anna Nicole Smith.