Part of a model's job — at least, if she's a good one — is to be a chameleon, which often means undergoing a dramatic hair change ... or ten. Last month, Crystal Renn ditched her brown hair for a spanking-new platinum blonde look (with matching eyebrows to boot). And, of course, there was Laura Hollins, a small-time British model who couldn't catch a break until eagle-eyed agent Louie Chaban took her under his wing. A chop and a bleach job later, Agyness Deyn was born, and stardom followed. Arizona Muse and Anja Rubik have benefited from fresh crops, too. Then, there's the fairy godmother of this phenomenon: Linda Evangelista. With the guidance of hairstylist Garren, she's bounced from color to color (and cut to cut) throughout her nearly three-decade-long career, and each new direction has proved just how dynamic she is. See these makeovers and more in our slideshow.
Long before the American model was embraced by Anna Wintour in the pages of Vogue, Muse worked as a commerical girl with her disheveled locks in 2007. But when she chopped off several inches in late 2010, Muse became the face of Yves Saint Laurent and Prada for spring 2011.
German supermodel Nadja Auermann might not have reached the same level of fame as Cindy, Naomi, and Linda, but we still have a special fondness for when she dyed her hair platinum in 1993. And then there's Auermann's incredible work with Helmut Newton. Good god, those gams!
Milou Van Groesen
Twenty-four-year-old Milou Van Groesen first tried to book gigs back in 2008, but her career failed to pick up any steam. Two years later, the Dutch model opened the spring 2011 Balenciaga show in Paris, where Van Groesen debuted a messy, peroxide-pretty style, created by master shearsman Guido Palau.
It's difficult to imagine Freja without her much-imitated shaggy bob, but there is photographic proof of the Danish model's existence before her memorable look came to be back in 2005. But really, we'll take her either way.
The queen of hair transformations goes to the one and only: Linda Evangelista. See just a sampling of her quixtoic tastes to the left.
As one of The Cut's all-time favorite faces, Mariacarla Boscono underwent a dramatic change in 2006 when she traded in her gothic, Givenchy looks for a bleached, Jean Seberg look.
Austrian model Iris Strubegger made an indelible mark in modeling with her short, slicked back do on the cover of French Vogue's March 2009 issue, but when she reentered the business in 2007 after a five-year hiatus, Strubegger returned with plain, shoulder-length hair.
Basically, see Laura Hollins on the left and the editorial wunderkind that is Agyness Deyn to the right. Shortly after the switch-up, Deyn was photographed by Steven Meisel for Italian Vogue.
When top model Anja Rubik bleached and cut her long, flowing brown hair in spring 2007, she was already seven years into her career. Following her new look, Rubik experienced a resurgence of campaign bookings that included Gucci, Balmain, Fendi, and Giorgio Armani.
Last month, Crystal Renn sent mini-shockwaves through the industry when she went platinum blonde. She also bleached her eyebrows, which would have made her almost unrecognizable ... were it not for that killer bone structure.
Patricia van der Vliet
Relative newcomer Patricia van der Vliet is the latest to undergo a dramatic hair transformation. She debuted in 2009 on the hottest catwalks and in an ad spot for Balenciaga, but it's her recent Lisbeth Salander–inspired do (courtesy of Guido Palau) for Calvin Klein's fall 2012 show that breathed new life into her career — the fruits of which you will soon see.
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