Hair can be an indicator of status, wealth and beauty. In the West, being beautiful often means having long, beautiful hair. An indicator of this is seen at beauty pageants. At the 2014 Miss World competition this past January almost every contestant in the top ten had long hair, except one. Miss Jamaica, Kaci Fennell, sported a chic, gamine ‘do that framed her beautiful face. Fennell was awarded fourth runner-up, but for many, she lost the winner title because of her short hair. Winner or not, Fennell proves that beauty comes in all styles.
Outside of beauty pageants, there have been actresses and entertainers who challenge hair standards. From long to short, here are those who dare to bare:
Actress Viola Davis debuted her natural hair at the 2012 Academy Awards. This sprung praises from all cultural groups, thanking Viola for her brave beauty. In the Hollywood world of straight, relaxed hair, Viola’s small curls created a big response.
Considered an iconic beauty since her debut on the Hollywood scene, Scarlett Johansson is showing off her beautiful skull with short sides and long mohawk. ScarJo confidently rocks this aggressive style. This isn’t her first stray from feminine locks, she wore a full mullet back in the early 2000s.
A New Age sex icon, Amber Rose is famous for her bald head. When looking at the history of sex icons, a common denominator is luscious hair. Although she’s missing those long locks, Amber’s natural beauty and blonde halo puts her into this group. Amber’s confidence helps her defy any stigmas and beauty standards.