For those in the number 2 clipper club, a shaved head is more than a haircut; it's a statement. As model Jourdana Phillips told us, backstage at the Victoria's Secret show in Paris, "I no longer feel forced to adhere to society's beauty standards and feel free to do as I please,"—a sentiment shared by many women with the gender-norm-defying haircut. Similarly, when Internet trolls criticized Jada Pinkett Smith for allowing daughter Willow's shave, she fired back on Facebook: "Willow cut her hair because her beauty, her value, her worth is not measured by the length of her hair. I mean, I'm not going to be able to have touch-ups once I put the helmet on. I must shave my head!
Morgan Calvert, 25, teacher from Waxahachie, Texas
Amber Singletary, 40, makeup artist from Washington, D.C.
Sometimes a hashtag sums it up perfectly. A phrase topped the quartet: "The future is female, and it doesn't have time for styling products. The message is clear. A community of women with buzz cuts and shaved heads is growing under hashtags that embrace the look, uniting people in dismissing societal standards and celebrating those who do what they want. Especially considering the beauty ideals that are pushed on women from birth thanks, shampoo commercials , bald women's blatant refusal to exist for anyone but themselves is groundbreaking. The look isn't new—women have worn their hair shorn since ancient Egypt, and iconic women throughout history have adopted the look—but with the current climate of women rejecting antiquated norms in favor of self-determination, now more than ever is the time for women to own their look. When did you first shave your head? I had thought about it before, but never seriously. While in the salon, I told my stylist that I was ready to try something new with my cut.
With her role as Imperator Furiosa in Mad Max , Theron proved a female action hero can kill it at the box office — no flowing hair or sparkly makeup necessary. Unlike many of the celebs on this list, the American Idol alum didn't shave her head for a role or for style — she did it to show solidarity for her childhood best friend who was battling breast cancer. See how prettily short hair shows off the singer's face?
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