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When A Close Crop’s A Great Call

From Audrey Hepburn to Gwyneth Paltrow, a look back at the feminine cut.
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  • Audrey Hepburn, 1955
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    Photo: Getty Images

    Hepburn debuted newly shorn hair in Roman Holiday, two years before this portrait was taken. It would become her signature look.

  • Mia Farrow, 1968
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    Photo: Bill Eppridge//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

    Farrow’s cut suffered quite the controversy. Vidal Sassoon claimed to have executed the chop for the actress’ role in Rosemary’s Baby, but after his death Farrow swore she did it herself—with nail scissors, no less.

  • Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Pitt, 1997
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    Photo: Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

    Because nothing says love like matching haircuts.

  • Liv Tyler, 1998
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    Photo: Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

    In 1998, Liv Tyler starred in Armageddon, her first big-budget film. She also chopped off her long, shiny locks—the same ones that would later earn her a Pantene Pro-V contract.

  • Winona Ryder, 1998
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    Photo: Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage

    If anyone has the face for a pixie cut, it’s Ryder. The actress’ delicate features turned glamorous under closely cropped hair.

  • Kate Moss, 2001
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    Photo: James Devaney/WireImage

    Leave it to Moss to give the pixie a rock ‘n’ roll edge. The supermodel (the second woman on this list to go short post-Johnny Depp) left hers shaggy in the front.

  • Natalie Portman, 2006
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    Photo: Evan Agostini/Getty Images

    Portman was one of the first high-profile actresses’ to shave her head on film, in 2005’s V for Vendetta.

  • Sienna Miller, 2006
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    Photo: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

    Miller’s something of a hair icon for those lusting after the perfect blonde, but her Edie Sedgwick cut for Factory Girl was just as popular.

  • Audrey Tautou, 2006
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    Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

    Tautou chopped her hair off after starring in her first big-budget blockbuster, The Da Vinci Code. The French actress grew it long, only to go short again this year. She always accessorizes with a bold lip.

  • Rihanna, 2008
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    Photo: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

    In what might have been the first step toward the Rihanna we know now, the pop star went for a dramatic change the same year she won her first Grammy, for “Umbrella”.

  • Ginnifer Goodwin, 2010
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    Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

    The tousled pixie’s become Goodwin’s signature look. “I think money should be spent on high-quality haircuts,” she’s told us.

  • Emma Watson, 2010
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    Photo: Marcel Thomas/FilmMagic

    Free from the shackles of Hermione Granger, Watson’s Harry Potter character, the actress cut off almost all of her hair—and landed a Lancome campaign!

  • Michelle Williams, 2011
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    Photo: Jemal Countess/WireImage for The Weinstein Company

    Williams told ELLE UK, “I cut it for the one straight man who has ever liked short hair and I wear it in memorial of somebody who really loved it.” We love it, too!

  • Anne Hathaway, 2013
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    Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage

    Hathaway’s said that dramatically cutting her hair on camera for Les Miserables was far more emotional than she could have imagined. But hey, she won the Oscar!

  • Charlize Theron, 2013
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    Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images for GLAAD

    The actress and face of Dior also went short for her upcoming film, Mad Max. If she sticks with short—and since filming wrapped almost a year ago, it looks like she might—you’ll hear no complaints from us.

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