For more than a century, queens, princesses, and celebrities have proved that women can carry off short hair with grace and beauty.
The world saw an unfortunate episode unfold in 2024 when a 20-year-old girl, Eve Gilles, was criticized on social media for sporting short hair, despite being crowned Miss France 2024. This led to French President, Emmanuel Macron, standing up for her, lauding her beauty irrespective of her choice of hairstyle.
The history of women's short hair dates back to the 1920s. It was a time following World War I when women sought simplicity and a touch of modernity in their lives. The credit for the creation of the short hair trend goes to a Parisian hairdresser named Antoine. His invention was not limited to the high society ladies alone but had its patrons among the factory workers too.
A Look at Notable Women with Short Hair
Let's look at some iconic women who have made short hair a part of their persona:
- 1920s: The legendary Coco Chanel, whose short hair was adopted by nearly a third of women in 1925.
- 1950s: Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth II, and Elizabeth Taylor, all made short hair fashionable.
- 1960s: Twiggy, a London-based model, was famous for her slender figure complemented by short hair.
- 1970s: Celebrities like Liza Minnelli and Mia Farrow kept the short hair trend alive.
- 1980s-1990s: The trend continued with the likes of Madonna, Victoria Beckham, and Sharon Stone.
- Modern Day: Today, Scarlett Johansson, Cristina Cordula, and Charlene de Monaco are seen sporting short hair.
The length of a woman's hair has never been a determinant of her beauty or success. The aforementioned women in history have been living proof of this fact.