Last week, Solange shocked the world by stepping out with her hair completely shaved off. This was the culmination of a slew of recent lady head-shavings: Cassie shaved half her head, Alice Dellal–style, in April; Rihanna shaved the bottom part of her head earlier this month; and Carmen Electra shaved half her head, Cassie-style, last month. Of course, shaved heads are nothing new. But the recent events indicate this style is really having a moment. In the past, actresses like Natalie Portman have done it for roles in forgettable sci-fi films. Britney did it for, um, personal reasons. The newly shaved ladies seem to want easy attention — the kind that doesn't involve awkward stumbling in the wee hours between black SUVs and Tenjune. Or maybe they just wanted to practice posting pictures and things to Twitter. Have a look at memorable shaved-head moments in the slideshow.
Sinead emerged in the late eighties with a shaved head. More recently, she's toyed with pixie styles, but in March of last year, when this photo was taken, she had only peach fuzz.
Sigourney shaved her head for 1992's Alien 3. Even a bob can get in the way when you're fighting extraterrestrial beings to the death and have one growing inside you.
Demi shaved her head for 1997's G.I. Jane. She didn't maintain the style, but it sure was worth it for that particular film. Stellar piece of cinema, that.
Natalie Portman lost her locks to play Evey in 2005's V for Vendetta, another extremely worthwhile and magical movie. She embraced Evey's post-torture look for red-carpet appearances. And grew it out as soon as she could.
Who could forget the razor heard 'round the world in '07? The plastic-bead necklace and cursive "Delicious" across her chest really bring light to her scalp.
Alice Dellal's partially shaved head is her signature. Inspiring many WTFs worldwide, the attention her hair received made way for magazine covers, editorials, the coveted position of being Alexander Wang's muse, Guest of a Guest super-fame...
And then, Cassie! The singer shaved half her hair in April and alerted the world to this major breaking news via Twitter. She got a bunch of publicity, again mostly of the WTF variety, but we have no idea what she's been up to, musically, lately. Then again, who cares? She's famous for something, and that's all that matters.
Carmen Electra followed Cassie in shearing off a portion of hair above her left ear (does Kabbalah say the right side is unlucky?). The do more closely resembles Alice Dellal's than Cassie's. Hopefully the former was her inspiration, otherwise her sad attempt at publicity was merely a copy of another fading star's sad attempt at publicity. If Monica goes streaking through Washington Square Park, will Carmen Electra do it too?
Earlier this month, Rihanna shaved the bottom part of her hair off. This girl may just have the most amazing hair of the decade. She could probably have a blind 5-year-old cut it with plastic scissors and still walk out of the house looking amazing.
Last week, Solange shaved off all of her hair. She remains arguably more famous than Beyoncé because of it, still, this week. But it's only a matter of time before Beyoncé tattoos "I AM ... " on her finger in Sanskrit and the tabloids forget Solange ever happened.
Of all the shaved heads in this slideshow, we think Amber pulls off the style better than anyone. Perhaps it's because we've only known her this way, rather than having had her shaved look emerge as a shocking transformation we can never really accept. Or perhaps she is the icon of fashion — of culture — who will finally prompt society to deem a full head of peach fuzz as beautiful as hair that whips through a breeze. And maybe the women who have shaved only part of their heads are simply trying, whether they realize it or not, to slowly become her. We think we just fell in love with Amber Rose.
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