The History of the Pixie

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Images: Flapper Girl, Twiggy 

So maybe Bey has once again changed up her ‘do, but not before we all considered sporting a pixie like our favorite Queen B. Even in today’s culture of fashion and diversity, it is no surprise that this dramatic hairstyle still catches the mainstream crowd off guard on occasion.

Since the 1920′s, women have been “bobbing” off their hair in displays of independence and fierceness. Flapper girls were considered the utmost of the rebels when they trounced their tendrils, rolled up their skirts, and enjoyed most unladylike activities (like dancing, drinking, and voting). Their hairstyles and fashion choices made flapper girls easily recognizable, for better or worse.

The Great Depression was such a difficult time that the “flapper” spirit dwindled a bit for a few decades. However, in the 1950s, one little Miss Audrey Hepburn once again set the world atwitter with her achingly adorable pixie cut in Roman Holiday. Still considered one of the utmost fashion icons, Lady A’s short tresses once again caused a commotion.

By the 1960′s, longer hairstyles had once again claimed their place as the most fashionable choice for proper young ladies. However, civil rights, sexual revolutions, and groovy music set the stage for the entrance of iconic super model Twiggy’s dapper ‘do.

The 80′s, 90′s, and 00′s saw a small, steady stream of persistent pixie-like cuts. Alyssa Milano, Wynona Ryder, and Halle Berry gave way to the next generation, like Emma Watson and Miley Cyrus, to name a few.

Wherever the pixie may land next, it’s almost certain to cause quite a stir!

What do you think? Has this fierce style passed its prime? Or does the pixie still make a statement? Let us know in the comments below!


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