Skip navigation! There was a time when, in some circles, a shaved head meant you were a skinhead, and a time when it stood for being gender-queer. But while in some instances, those ties remain, a woman with a buzzcut is a lot more common nowadays.
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For those in the number 2 clipper club, a shaved head is more than a haircut; it's a statement. As model Jourdana Phillips told us, backstage at the Victoria's Secret show in Paris, "I no longer feel forced to adhere to society's beauty standards and feel free to do as I please,"—a sentiment shared by many women with the gender-norm-defying haircut. Similarly, when Internet trolls criticized Jada Pinkett Smith for allowing daughter Willow's shave, she fired back on Facebook: "Willow cut her hair because her beauty, her value, her worth is not measured by the length of her hair.
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Sometimes a hashtag sums it up perfectly. A phrase topped the quartet: "The future is female, and it doesn't have time for styling products. The message is clear.
That just got me wondering. So she decided to do something totally wild: she shaved her head and documented it, day by day. I felt naked.
This list of bald female celebrities includes actresses, musicians, and models who have shaved their hair for film roles or to give their image a unique hard edge. The famous bald women on this list have made media waves upon shaving their heads, though not always for the same reasons. While Natalie Portman was lauded for her close-crop - which was filmed in real time for V for Vendetta - who can forget Britney Spears's legendary meltdown that left her looking like a cueball?
Haircuts often invite conversation, but few have sparked such a change in the way that we perceive the notion of femininity than the buzz cut. We have of course seen it before on the likes of Grace Jones, Vivienne Westwood and Annie Lennox, whose radical natures have been an inseparable part of their personal style, but this time around the shaven head is softer than the punky versions of old. With everyone from models Ruth Bell and Adowa Aboah, to Kristen Stewart and Katy Perry taking the plunge, it seems the buzz cut ideally bleached blonde is the haircut du jour.