It's been two months (almost to the day!) since Netflix first introduced us to the phenomenon that is Stranger Things—and yet, even after several weeks and rewatches, it still feels just as fresh and delightfully creepy as it did mid-July. We have a feeling that proof of this sustained obsession will be out in droves come Halloween, because how many people do you know who are planning on going as Eleven?
Speaking of our heroine, let's be real: She's the soul of the show; otherworldly and yet everything we want to be IRL (except the whole being used as a human experiment thing). And upon closer examination (read: re-binge), it has become increasingly clear that in addition to her unmitigated badassery, she's also something of a beauty trendsetter. The buzz cut is obvious—which came first, Ruth Bell or Eleven?—but there are actually a few other elements to Eleven's persona that speak to her untouchable beauty game.
Keep scrolling to see the reasons why she makes for the ultimate muse.
Fine, fine—Ruth Bell and her fellow shorn supermodels kind of led the charge on this one. But since Stranger Things is set in 1983, can't we rationalize that it was Elle's steez first? Either way, it takes a certain kind of confidence to pull this bold look off—and on the flip side, no one will question how cool you are if you decide to take the plunge. (And if we might break the fourth wall for just a second, watching actress Millie Bobby Brown get her head shaved for the first time is pure gold.)
Yes, Eleven is only um, 12. (Right?) But she's also proof of minimalistic beauty at its best—which, with the bare-faced movement underway, couldn't feel more timely.
(So says one of the most influential voices of our time.) A little escapism is always fun, even if you're doing it to avoid getting caught by the government faction intent on your imprisonment. Although Elle, you were def "pretty" before you threw on that blond wig, just FYI.
Fun fact: In Korea, dark circles and puffy under-eye bags are quite the beauty trend. Isn't knowing that just so liberating, considering the great lengths we go to to diminish ours here in the States? Let's run with it, because there's honestly something kind of hot and mysterious about perma-exhaustion. Elle knows.
If you want some Eggos, then dammit, have yourself some Eggos. Especially if you've been running away from "bad men" in the woods all night. Go on, you deserve it!
I sort of found the Upside Down when I locked myself in a salt tank earlier this year? Abstractly speaking? I did somehow end up in a place where time and space ceased to exist, and it was quite the effective form of meditation. No one gave me rad goggles, though. I also didn't see Barb. (Poor Barb.)
Not all of us can channel our brain waves to save lives and destroy Demogorgons, but I've learned that we can absolutely use them to destroy our own inner demons. (Cheesy, I know, but go with it. It's true!) Best of all, you can do it without giving yourself a nosebleed.
Until Season 2, Eleven. What's your favorite part about Stranger Things? Sound off below!