As women, our hair is very important to us. We covet one another’s locks and are often dying to replicate celebrity hairstyles despite the fact that we lack their team of professionals and arsenal of extensions. That said, there is a new movement of women (and a future generation, we hope) who are fighting back against the idea that long hair = femininity and beauty. They are embracing new ideas of beauty and body image. Among them is the straight-shooting and sassy Hillary Rodham Clinton who once said, “If I want to knock a story off the front page, I just change my hairstyle.”
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Fighting the good fight alongside Clinton are the eight bald women on this list. These brave ladies are taking a stand against antiquated ideals and standards of what makes a woman a woman. So in honor of them and Hairstyle Appreciation Day, we celebrate how they rock their bad-ass baldness!
1. Sinead O’Connor: Sinead made music headlines and history in the 1980s as no one had seen or heard anything like her before. While she’s since shared that she shaved her head, in fact, to become less attractive as a sort of attempt to become immune from the dangers of being a woman, no one could deny that she was (and is) a beautiful woman.
2. Sigourney Weaver As Ripley in Alien: In 1992, Weaver was paid $4 million to star in Alien 3, playing the recurring role of Ripley. That the role called for her to be bald seems to have in no way harmed her career as she’s gone on to play major parts in blockbuster films since.
3. Erykah Badu: In concert, as she broke into her song Cleva, it was reported that Badu removed her headdress to bare her bald head to audience members who had shown up for her sophomore tour. This woman just oozes positivity, poise and grace, bald or not!