Bald is the new hot trend in hair, thanks to the likes of Cassie, Rihanna, and Amber Rose. If you want tips on how to work the look yourself — click here for my 5 steps on being bald and beautiful.
But anyone with a sense of fashion history would know, there is absolutely nothing new about the baldhead trend. Walk with me, down memory lane.
When I was little, growing up in Trinidad the model/designer/super fit exerciser/social dynamo Yoko Fung was bald as bald could be. This was way back in the early Eighties, and I always wondered what her motivation was. Lo and behold, she explains it all in this fantastic YouTube video.
I love a woman who goes OUT THERE with her look. Yoko is all about self expression, bold makeup, embracing her expressive uniqueness, and not giving a damn. LOVE that.
Grace Jones is exactly that kind of woman, but to the nth degree. She’s rocked varied stages of bald since the Seventies, and still is as strikingly gorgeous as ever.
I defy anyone to name a woman more fierce than Grace Jones. I don’t believe one exists.
When you’re thinking about bald gorgeousness, you can’t forget about Miss Sharon Quinn, the original runway diva who has been rockin’ the baldie for well over a decade. And my new friend on Twitter, the author of brilliant blog Kiss My Black Ads, just reminded me that brilliant designer Sheila Bridges lost her hair to alopecia and wears the style gracefully.
There is no shortage of beautiful bald black women, but there are far fewer examples I can think of for women of other ethnicities. The one who comes most immediately to mind and put bald beauty in our face back in 1989, was Sinead O’Connor. She’s always marched to the beat of her own drummer, and is so gorgeous in the video for Nothing Compares 2 U.
That song still has so much aural and visual power. Wow.
Like I said in my AOL post, being bald takes balls. Bravery. Boldness. So however you rock it, go forth, go brave, and know that you’re beautiful.
Are you a beautiful bald woman? What led you to shave it all off? Tell me your story!