An Ode to Blondes

13 of the Most Iconic Flaxen Tresses. Who’s the Fairest of Them All?

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Marilyn Monroe

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Quintessential Blonde


Marilyn Monroe’s spun-sugar platinum tresses were like Marilyn herself--somewhere between easy and elegant. But did you know the aspiring model and actress actually dyed her naturally brown locks golden after a cue that “gentlemen prefer blondes”? Good thing it suited her.

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Blake Lively

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Modern Blonde


Perfectly tousled, Blake Lively’s gorgeous blond locks have the look of a born-and-raised California girl. Effortlessly layered and precisely honey-hued (good work, lowlights), it’s a hairstyle that’s full of movement. From beachy waves on Gossip Girl to perfectly crafted curls on the red carpet, Blake’s blond tresses are an integral part of her persona.

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Reese Witherspoon

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Legally Blonde


She’s America’s sweetheart, a Southern belle and the classic girl next door--and her personality begins with her hair: golden blond to the point of practically glowing. When Reese Witherspoon debuted her perfect bangs and pin-straight shoulder-length cut at the 2007 Academy Awards, women everywhere keeled over in envy.

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Brigitte Bardot

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Sultry Blonde


Hair with a certain je ne sais quoi. It’s no surprise why Brigitte Bardot--French actress, model and singer--was one of the biggest sex symbols of the ’50s and ’60s. Her mane murmured “groovy French fox,” with streaming blond waves framing her face and décolletage. Long and loosely layered, it was versatile enough to be piled onto the crown for a cancan-girl effect or back-combed close to her head with long cascading tendrils. And those bangs… We’ve never seen anyone make bangs look so come-hither.

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Madonna

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Pop’s Favorite Blonde


If one look could encompass ’80s fashion, Madonna’s fishnet stockings and bleached blond hair would certainly be a front-runner. While she has reinvented herself several times over the course of her long career, the singer, actress, showgirl and businesswoman is a blonde at heart.

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Grace Kelly

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Timeless Blonde


Grace Kelly wore several hats: Hollywood movie star, fashion icon, princess of Monaco. With her Hermès Kelly bag in hand and perfectly coiffed hair, Grace was the definition of modern, chic and tasteful.

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Twiggy

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Pixie Blonde


That sideswept pixie cut, that lanky boyish figure and those spidery lashes framing huge doe eyes: Twiggy’s mod look defined the Swinging Sixties. She was just 15 when she cut off her long flaxen locks, debuted the androgynous hairdo and ushered in a new standard of youthful sophistication. Short hairstyles can walk a fine line between city chic and soccer mom, and the secret to Twiggy’s success was simplicity. No layers, no streaky highlights--just a sleek cap of healthy hair.

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Gwen Stefani

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Platinum Blonde


Except for two short stints when she dyed her hair blue and then pink, Gwen Stefani has spent most of her career as a platinum blonde. She first adopted her signature platinum hue as a wee ninth grader and never turned back. Gwen’s bleached hair is like her style: brazen and playful.

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Goldie Hawn

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Layered Blonde


She may have started her career by embracing a “dumb blonde” personality, but the smart and talented Goldie Hawn has since proved to be someone else entirely. Goldie’s popularity ascended throughout the ’70s as she acted, sang and produced her way through Hollywood. Through the apex of her career and long after, Goldie has maintained the same feathery, face-framing bangs and golden shoulder-length hair.

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Veronica Lake

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Seductive Blonde


Veronica Lake was the embodiment of 1940s glamour: mature, polished and never too fussy. The funny thing is that she actually found her signature coy look by accident when a loose lock of hair fell over her right eye during a photo shoot. Mysterious and seductive, celebs like Sienna Miller and Amanda Seyfried still mimic the look today.

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Gwyneth Paltrow

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Sleek Blonde


We’ll always remember Gwyneth Paltrow’s sleek blond hairdo and Ralph Lauren dress at the 1999 Oscars (the same night she took home the Best Actress award for her performance in Shakespeare in Love). Gwyneth has played around with a handful of styles over the years, but her long, straight locks--whether tossed over her shoulders or pulled back into a ponytail--will always be a part of the actress’s classic look.

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January Jones

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’60s Blonde


She’s best known for her role as the complex and mysterious Betty Draper on Mad Men, but January is a woman whose look is constantly changing. Whether she’s rocking face-framing bangs, a bleach-blond bob, platinum waves or even faded pink streaks, her hairstyles mimic her personality: sexy, provocative and risky.

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Farrah Fawcett

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’70s Blonde


In 1976, a young, up-and-coming Farrah Fawcett was photographed smiling from ear to ear, sporting a one-piece swimsuit and long feathered waves flung over her shoulders. The portrait sold 20 million copies, making Farrah a legit bombshell. Everyone from preteen roller skaters to full-grown disco divas scrambled to buy blow-dryers and massive cans of hair spray in an attempt to re-create her look, the “Farrah flip.”

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