Friday, September 7, 2012
I was digging the short hairdos at MTV’s Video Music Awards last night. Of course, Pink has been a devotee of short hair for years.
But she had more company than usual at the VMAs. Miley Cyrus went short last month, and her hair looked great glammed up for the event.
I’ve adored many of Rihanna’s long-haired looks — especially the long, Raggedy-Ann-red braid she wore in May — but she’s equally gorgeous with her new pixie cut.
These haircuts — combined with the recent trend for high-fashion sneakers — made me wonder if we’re going to break away from the sexpot-with-extensions look that’s been around so long. The styles definitely gave me happy flashbacks to the ultimate pop-star rebel, Madonna, who had short hair in 1986 (her “Papa Don’t Preach” video) and 1993 (“Rain”).
Through most of the ’80s and ’90s, I had very short hair too.
I always felt bad-ass with short hair because it bothered people, especially men. For years, guys asked me why I had short hair and when I would be growing it out. My red lipstick got similar reactions — dudes told me it was “intimidating.” I still like styles that somehow say “fuck you” to everyone’s expectations. Sometimes I express that literally …
… but most of the time it’s more subtle. It definitely affects all the jewelry I design. For instance, I started working with yellow gold specifically because white gold was more popular at the time. I also make some unusually heavy jewelry because it’s fun to see people’s shocked expressions when they learn what an ounce (or more) of gold feels like in a ring.
My urge to defy shows up in my wardrobe too. When I worked in conservative environments, I was always a little too fashion-y. (Usually that only took red lipstick and heels but I threw in the occasional scandalous suit.) Now that my job means I spend time with a fashion-conscious crowd, I gravitate toward jeans and a black t-shirt. And when I expect to be surrounded by little black dresses or goddess gowns, I favor LOL-worthy clothes.
My leopard Patrick Kelly dress became one of my favorites just because it made a magazine say, “Mee-ouch.”
As for my hair, I’m at an age where short hair is more acceptable. That means I prefer to wear it longer than I did when I was a kid. Hmmm. Have I finally come up with an answer for the perennial “describe your personal style” interview question? Maybe I’ll model it after the motto of one of my favorite historical ladies, Elizabeth I. She chose “Semper Eadem” — Latin for “Always the Same.” What’s the Latin for “Always a Little Wrong”?
UPDATED TO ADD: I meant to mention that Alicia Keys was one of the short-haired wimmins of the VMAs. She cut her hair in July and showed it off on Instagram.
A bold move for a singer who was well-known for her long, beaded braids!
UPDATED AGAIN TO ADD: People Magazine just did an interview with Pink in which the singer said she’d been trying to grow out her hair for years and would love to try a “ballerina bun.” Don’t blame her! Super-short hair is easy to style in the morning, but scheduling the haircuts needed to maintain it is a bitch!