With the beginning of the 20th century, there came a new age for women, one of independence and power, of renewals of identity. Women were no longer constrained by the rules of society to wear their hair long and wrapped up in a bunch on top of their heads; they could feel freer by sporting new short haircuts and better fitting clothes. There was no turning back from that point, and soon every woman realized that she could still maintain her natural beauty and femininity without long locks of wavy hair. Women no longer wished to be a romantic ideal for men, shaped by their desires and expectations; instead, they wanted men to like them for who they were and what they thought. In what follows we are going to take a look at some of the best short haircuts in history, worn by some of the most beautiful and interesting women as well.
It is true that some of the best short haircuts ever to exist have survived until now, and the 2000s saw a resurrection in interest for bob haircuts, pixies, and other variations of short haircuts. We’ve seen beautiful women like Emma Watson, Michelle Williams, Halle Berry, Anne Hathaway and others sporting their very short hairstyles both in casual circumstances and at red carpet events, dressed in some of the most luscious and elegant dresses. But who are the women that set the trends, who were the daring ones that shocked with their unique styles? Read on for the best short haircuts in women’s history:
Edie Sedgwick (1960s) – She is mostly known for being one of the main figures from The Factory, Andy Warhol’s artistic club, where some of the time’s strangest characters gathered. While she didn’t have much of a career per se, Edie became famous as a model and socialite, and she gave up on her beautiful blonde locks soon after joining The Factory. There, she posed and appeared in a number of Warhol’s films, sometimes in controversial situations. Her short haircut was an inspiration for women at the time, who envied Edie’s seemingly flawless and unstudied, unique style. Notice in the picture above, her cropped hairstyle with longer edges in the front.
Shirley MacLaine (1950s) – It’s been a long time since anyone saw Shirley with long hair; occasionally her movie characters have long hair, and she wear a wig, but ever since appearing in Hitchcock’s The Trouble with Harry, she has sported several variations of short haircuts. She’s had red hair, blonde hair, and even black hair, like in the famous comedy Irma la Douce. Her hairstyle is also iconic and has inspired many women after her. Shirley is a perfect example of having short haircuts and still maintaining an innocent and feminine air.
Mia Farrow (late 1960s) – One of the most famous and appreciated actresses from Hollywood, Mia Farrow was for a while there every man’s dream. With her thin and supple feature, big baby’s eyes and gentle gestures, Frank Sinatra’s former wife managed to impress even the coldest of hearts. In movies like Rosemary’s Baby by Roman Polanski, her super short haircut, hugging the shape of her head, is perfect for the ingenue wife who gets into an impossible situation.
Audrey Hepburn (1950s) – The bob haircut was mostly made famous by her, one of the most delicate beings ever to exist, with her fairy-like features and oblique eyes. Audrey Hepburn was a perfect model for short haircuts, because her former training as a ballerina helped her maintain a supple figure all her life. She proved you can be elegant and refined without a doubt with short, cropped looks as well.