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Pixie cut

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A pixie cut is a short hairstyle, generally short on the back and sides of the head and slightly longer on the top, with very short bangs. It is a variant of a crop. The name is derived from the mythological pixie.[citation needed]


Blonde-haired woman with a pixie cut

Pixie cuts were popularized first in the 1950s, when Audrey Hepburn wore the style in her debut film Roman Holiday (1953). Jean Seberg also sported a pixie cut for Otto Preminger's Bonjour Tristesse (1958) and Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless (1960).[1] Further in the 1960s, the look was worn by actress Mia Farrow (notably in Rosemary's Baby in 1968), British model Twiggy, and Laugh-In (1968–73) star Goldie Hawn.[2][3][4][5]

The pixie became fashionable again in the late 1970s and 1980s, with one of its most notable wearers being the actress Jacqueline Pearce in the British TV series Blake's 7 (1978–81). The pixie also was big in the mid 1990s, as worn by waif model Lucie de la Falaise and Madonna in her world tour "The Girlie Show" (1993). Halle Berry appeared in the James Bond film Die Another Day (2002) wearing a pixie. Pixies are very easy to maintain and can be worn casually, or dressed up for special occasions.[6]

In December 2023, Eve Gilles, while sporting a pixie cut, became the first woman with short hair to be crowned Miss France, which led to media attention both in France and internationally regarding the cyberbullying she had received due to her hairstyle.[7][8][9][10] "While long hair has traditionally been associated with femininity, short hair challenges conventional beauty standards, allowing women to redefine their notions of beauty, femininity and strength," explains celebrity hairstylist Jordan Jay Brumant.[11]


Columnist Pamela Hutchinson notes that the pixie hairstyle is often portrayed in films in a negative way, usually had when actors play characters that have been traumatized, imprisoned or are undergoing cancer treatment.[1]


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  1. ^ a b Hutchinson, Pamela (August 29, 2013). "The Best Pixie Haircuts of All Time: From Jean Seberg to Judi Dench". The Guardian. Retrieved August 29, 2013.
  2. ^ Hintz-Zambrano, Katie (August 5, 2010). "Emma Watson Debuts Pixie Cut". StyleList. Archived from the original on August 6, 2010. Retrieved June 16, 2012.
  3. ^ Cox, Rebecca (January 6, 2016). "Beauty Icon: The Truth Behind Mia Farrow's Pixie Crop". Grazia Daily UK. Retrieved July 3, 2024.
  4. ^ Abouarrage, Nada (September 7, 2017). "28 of the Most Iconic Pixie Cuts, From Rihanna to Twiggy". W Magazine. Retrieved July 3, 2024.
  5. ^ Regensdorf, Laura (June 12, 2018). "Mia Farrow Revealed Her Shocking Pixie in This 1966 Vogue Story—Long Before 'Rosemary's Baby'". Vogue. Retrieved July 3, 2024.
  6. ^ "2500+ Short Hairstyles for Women. Find a New Haircut Today". Short-Hairstyles. Retrieved June 16, 2012.
  7. ^ "Ève Gilles, Miss France 2024: 'The words and the body shaming I was able to undergo hurt me'". La Voix du Nord (in French). December 17, 2023. Retrieved December 17, 2023.
  8. ^ Reboulleau, Laetitia (December 18, 2023). "Miss France 2024: Victim of heinous harassment, Eve Gilles receives many testimonies of support" (in French). Yahoo! News. Retrieved December 18, 2023.
  9. ^ "Miss France 2024, Eve Gilles, victim of cyberbullying, receives a rain of support". HuffPost (in French). December 18, 2023. Retrieved December 18, 2023.
  10. ^ Moore, Julia (December 19, 2023). "Miss France Winner Defends Her Short Hairstyle: 'No One Should Dictate Who You Are'". People. Retrieved December 19, 2023.
  11. ^ Vilensky, Sophia (May 30, 2024). "52 Celeb-Approved Pixie Cuts for Every Hair Type and Texture". Marie Claire. Retrieved June 18, 2024.
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