Recently, many women have opted for shorter hair and no, we don’t just mean bob cuts. This season’s hair trends are pixie cuts and shaved heads. I can hear Lorde’s “Buzzcut Season” playing in the distance.
But this trend is more than just a hairstyle, it also bestows an powerful message among women. Let’s look at why prominent women went through with shaved heads and how it made them more empowered.
#1 It’s practical
Kristen Stewart debuted her platinum buzz cut earlier this year. In an interview with TODAY, she said that it was for her role as a mechanical engineer in her upcoming film Underwater. “I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time for novel’s sake. At some point in your life, you want to be able to do that,” Kristen said, adding that it was a practical choice.
LA Weekly also thought it was a bold move “given the circumstances of the entertainment industry, which not only peddles conventional standards of female beauty to consumers but also pressures its subjects to adhere to those rules to maintain their commercial viability.”
Model Ruth Bell recounted how she wanted to stand out from her identical twin sister May. When Alexander Wang offered her to shave her hair for his runway show, she found it as an opportunity to be her own person. “Since I have always perceived myself as more masculine, this look makes me feel like myself. My confidence has way gone up,” Ruth told Teen Vogue.
A New York Timespiece brought up an interesting point on how the buzzed cut sparks conversation on gender norms and fluidity. “Individuality and androgyny are certainly not a new thing in fashion, but the trend has swung back around due to a larger gender conversation,” said i-D fashion director Alastair McKimm. Model Tamy Glauser echoed this, saying, “I think it’s good for society to see people going against what we’ve all been taught is the way we’re supposed to dress for our sex and our orientation.”
I never got the why short haircuts are always synonymous to breakups. When Katy Perry got her new pixie cut, news sites quickly assumed that it was because of her split with Orlando Bloom. Although, she did make it clear that she always wanted to get the cut and clarified that there are no “victims or villains.” So we can stop saying that broken hearts cause drastic makeovers because these happen out of personal preference.