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Pixie Perfect1 of 31
Beyoncé may have had second thoughts about her pixie cut (she added extensions just days after chopping her locks), but that hasn't discouraged other celebs from making the cut. Coco Rocha, Shailene Woodley and Rihanna all showed off newly cropped looks at the 2013 Video Music Awards. Take a look back at the 30 celebrities who paved the way in ELLE's roundup of the best pixie cuts of all time.
Audrey Hepburn2 of 31
The 1950s gave rise to hairstyles named the bouffant, the flip, the poodle, and, yes, even the artichoke. But it was the pixie cut, which Hepburn revealed in Roman Holiday, that has had the most enduring impact. The crop was part of the film's storyline, about a princess who goes incognito—thanks to a hairdresser chopping off her long strands—to get a break from her royal duties.
Leslie Caron3 of 31
This dancer came to Hollywood from France with her talent, dreams, and the idea for her look in her first motion picture, An American in Paris. She asked the set stylist for a short hairdo she had seen on a model back home. When the stylist refused to make the cut, she wielded the scissors herself, apparently not to the liking of the studio, which delayed filming for several weeks.
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Jean Seberg4 of 31
Onscreen, she was distributing headlines for the New York Herald Tribune as the love interest in Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless; offscreen, Seberg was creating headlines of her own, becoming one of the first modern-day "It" girls, in large part because of her side-parted blond pixie cut.
Edie Sedgwick5 of 31
She was a muse to Andy Warhol, to Guido Palau backstage at Marc Jacobs' Spring 2013 show, and to countless women over the years, who have admired her Factory Girl style, topped off by a pixie cut with long bangs, blond highlights, and sometimes even silver streaks that Sedgwick created using—of all things—spray paint.
Twiggy6 of 31
A 15-year-old Lesley Hornby walked into a London salon, spent a supposed eight hours getting her hair precisely snipped by Leonard Lewis and colored by Daniel Galvin, and walked out with this strawberry blond cross between a bob and a pixie that would make her into the phenomenon we all know to this day as Twiggy.
Mia Farrow7 of 31
"Your invaluable sleuth to hair history" is what the actress declared herself in a recent letter to the New York Times, in which she set the record straight on who exactly was responsible for her short haircut. "I had literally cut it myself earlier that year—with a pair of fingernail scissors," Farrow wrote.
Goldie Hawn8 of 31
Goldie may have been named after her mother's aunt, but most like to believe it was on account of her golden locks, which were styled into this shaggy pixie cut for her role as a ditzy go-go dancer on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In.
Liza Minnelli9 of 31
When it came to preparing for her Oscar-winning role in Cabaret, Minnelli credits her father with inspiring her black pixie cut with dramatic pointed bangs. "I thought everyone in the '30s looked like Marlene Dietrich," she told Harper's Bazaar. "I was telling my father and he goes, 'There were other people who were wonderful, [like] Louise Brooks.' So I looked at the pictures and he explained to me about wanting to be different."
Madonna10 of 31
Italians do it better? Why, yes, Miss Ciccone! You've been doing your part to prove that over the years, especially with your ever-changing hairstyles, like this bleached boyish pixie cut.
Linda Evangelista11 of 31
It was the moment that defined her career and apparently quadrupled her rate, but Evangelista said she wept as hairstylist Julien d'Ys created the layered chestnut pixie that she would later describe as "bowl cut with sideburns."
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Winona Ryder12 of 31
When it comes to Ryder's dating life, it's hard to pick that favorite match. She has dated Christian Slater, Johnny Depp, Soul Asylum's David Pirner, Matt Damon, and Rilo Kiley's Blake Sennett. When it comes to her hair, however, her best pairing has always been her brunette pixie, which she first wore in high school and then returned to later in her career.
Gwyneth Paltrow13 of 31
This couple loved the short hairstyle so much that they decided to both wear it.
Keri Russell14 of 31
It was the cut that almost everyone eventually had an opinion on, due to the amount of controversy it stirred. When hairstylist Philip Carreon traded in Russell's long ringlets for this short curly look to kick off her second season starring in Felicity, the show's executives blamed it for a drop in the ratings. Russell, meanwhile, called it liberating. "It has been so good for me," she said at the time. "It's been such a freeing thing, because I've had hair down to my bum since I was 15."
Kate Moss15 of 31
This caramel-colored sideswept pixie is yet another example of why women around the world can't get enough of Moss.
Keira Knightley16 of 31
Due to an overlap in the filming schedule, Knightley wore a wig for her final scenes in Pride & Prejudice to cover the tough pixie cut she took on for her role as Domino Harvey, the Ford model turned bounty hunter. The wig wasn't needed on the red carpet, however, where she made the choppy ombré style every bit as romantic as anything Mr. Darcy would have wanted.
Sienna Miller17 of 31
When Miller was 16, she walked into a salon, clutching a photo of Winona Ryder in her pixie cut. "But when I walked out, I looked as if I had a helmet on," the actress told People StyleWatch. "My boyfriend at the time opened the door and closed it in my face." Fortunately, her second go at wearing the look, for playing the role of Edie Sedgwick in Factory Girl, made her into the ultimate femme fatale.
Natalie Portman18 of 31
"It was a one-shot deal, and that was the most stressful thing about the experience," Portman said of her scene in V for Vendetta in which her hair is shaved off. It was hairstylist Mark Townsend who made certain growing out the buzz cut wouldn't be as stressful, leaving her hair longer on top for what he said offered her more versatility.
Audrey Tautou19 of 31
Not just anyone could replace Nicole Kidman as the face of Chanel No. 5 perfume. But Tautou did just that, with her wavy, gamine short hairstyle.
Agyness Deyn20 of 31
"It really depends on how I'm feeling," the model told Fashionologie about her famous punk-influenced short hairstyle. "It's something I like to express in addition to the way I dress. I've done that all the way through growing up. You just get to the point of shaving it all off, and I've gone through years where I dye it, shave it, grow it out, and have fun with it all over again."
Katie Holmes21 of 31
What could create even more of a sensation than Holmes' chin-length bob? The wispy pixie that followed it.
Victoria Beckham22 of 31
Some refer to it as the "poxie." We prefer to simply call it the chic hairstyle that marked her transition from pop star Posh Spice to fashion star Victoria Beckham. She unveiled the look at the same time she unveiled her first ready-to-wear collection at New York Fashion Week.
Carey Mulligan23 of 31
It's been red, it's been brunette. It's been braided, it's been set with fingerwaves. It's been worn every which way, but we still can't get enough of Mulligan's pixie paired with a Prada dress and Fred Leighton earrings at the 2010 Academy Awards.
Emma Watson24 of 31
Watson got a magical makeover when the Harry Potter series wrapped filming, trimming her shoulder-length hair into this pixie style that transformed her from Hermione Granger into a red-carpet superstar.
Ginnifer Goodwin25 of 31
This actress is so attached to her pixie cut that she now has a wig clause written into every one of her contracts. "I find it hard to express myself when I'm growing out a very bad character haircut," she said. "As long as I can wear a wig, I can be any character and in real life I can be myself."
Rihanna26 of 31
At the MTV VMAs, Rihanna took home the award for best video of the year for "We Found Love," and also put together one of our favorite beauty looks of the year, with the debut of her pixie cut that looked downright stunning with bright red lipstick and a white gown.
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Anne Hathaway27 of 31
As she shed her hair for playing the role of grisette Fantine in Les Misérables, Hathaway admitted she shed tears as well. But, alas, all that woe was for naught. Afterall, she took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her part in the film and soon became a force to be reckoned with on the red carpet, as well.
Charlize Theron28 of 31
When you're playing a character named Imperator Furiosa, not just any hairdo will do. That's why Theron went bold and shaved off every last strand for her upcoming film Mad Max: Fury Road. She said it took her about three months to get it to the perfect pixie length, and she showed us just how perfect that length could be at the 2013 Academy Awards.
Halle Berry29 of 31
When Berry first cut her hair short in 1989, her manager told the future Oscar winner she was never going to get work. She believes she booked her first role in the TV series Living Dolls simply because she stood out among all the other actresses with long, wavy strands.
Miley Cyrus30 of 31
"Tick tock tick tock," Cyrus wrote to her Twitter fans, only a short time before posting a photo of hairstylist Chris McMillan about to chop off her girl-next-door locks. The big reveal was a drastic bleached pixie cut with shaved sides and long bangs that sent the social space into a frenzy. But the singer stood by her look. "Never felt more me in my whole life," she wrote in response, and proceeded to win over her naysayers by showing them just how gorgeous gutsy can be.
Michelle Williams31 of 31
"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," Williams told British ELLE in 2011, referring to the late Heath Ledger. After three years of wearing the beloved look, however, it seems the actress is now thinking of going long again. Following her press tour for Oz the Great and Powerful, she told reporters she was really happy to not have anything looming—except her hair.