The Hair Transformations That Took 7 Models' Careers to the Next Level
In the world of modeling, your look is what defines your success. Your walk and your energy make an impact, but the first thing to make an impression on and off the runway is the first thing we see. There's a reason models are constantly switching up their hair through cuts and color for a fresh take on beauty each season. Until suddenly, something clicks, and their bold new aesthetic catapults their career—suddenly they're in demand with casting directors and designers, and they're booking every show.
You're probably familiar with that old Coco Chanel quote, "a woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life." For the most successful models, these wise words couldn't ring truer. For O.G. supermodel Linda Evangelista, her first dive into what became an endless parade of daring new 'dos is what catapulted her into the spotlight. For Karlie Kloss and Arizona Muse, chopping off their long locks was the ticket to take them from girl next door to ruling every fashion week runway. We've rounded up the model makeovers that made these women household names. Keep scrolling to see the hair transformations that took seven models' careers to the next level, and swipe the button to the right to see how they looked before their big break.
Legendary coiffeur Leonard of Mayfair and colorist Daniel Galvin spent more than seven hours executing the blond cut that skyrocketed Twiggy to stardom.
Linda Evangelista was in tears while she underwent her first major chop—documented by fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh, no less. Once the short style made her a bonafide supermodel, she continued surprising the world with dramatic new 'dos.
Jessica Stam worked the runways as a redhead, but it wasn't until she lightened up to a golden blonde that she became one of the most in-demand models of her time.
Tao Okamoto traded in her long black locks for a surprising blunt bowl cut, so striking it actually inspired designer Phillip Lim to make all the other models wear matching wigs for a show. After finding much success in modeling, Okamoto has now transitioned into being an actress.
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It's hard to believe Arizona Muse once had long flowing blond locks before she hit the big time because the look we've become so familiar with—in her numerous campaigns and endless runway shows—is her signature bob. Shortly after making the first chop, Muse dyed her hair dark brown, a dramatic departure from her very first casting polaroid.
Karlie Kloss instantly elevated her look by going the way of Muse and ditching her long locks for a chic, sophisticated bob while cementing her status as a household name.
Like the Edie of generations before her, Edie Campbell bravely chopped off her long hair for a decidedly edgy 'do—a full-on mullet she somehow worked to perfection. Soon after she was booking campaigns and shows with the biggest names.
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