Vann Apragal

200 reasons to flaunt short hair

Vann Apragal
200 reasons to flaunt short hair

200 REASONS TO FLAUNT SHORT HAIR.

 

 © Vann Apragal

© Vann Apragal

Most important phrase in English language which also probably least used is ‘Eye of the beholder”. I say least used because everyone seems to throw opinions around these days. Two words I hate most in English language - “good” and “bad”. Those are just opinions. Opinions are moo, unless you are on the same level as Shakespeare or Anna Wintour. What’s good to you may be not as good or even down right bad to your partner, neighbor, roommate, bestie or who ever. When you say something like “I love this Alaskan Roll". You are making a statement that reveals something about you. Unless you are saying this to someone who really cares about you, it is really a moo point. Do you agree? So I am pretty apprehensive when people say something like I love that picture and hate that movie, things of that nature. Unless of coarse it is Gigli. If someone likes that movie you should spend a night in solitary. Worst is regular people go to MOMA and be like I hate that piece. I am like "are you freaking serious" it is in freaking MOMA. I don't see you making any art for MOMA. Unless you are an art buyer or are a curator, you are just not qualified to be making statements like these. 

 Short hair these days is as rare as finding a computer programmer on the streets of Soho in early 2000s and before. Of coarse in 2018 everything is changed quite considerably. Through out my days as a street style blogger short haired women everywhere made my head turn and glance.  If they carried it well I approached her side stepping everything in the way. 

Contrarily, Women with long hair have lots and lots of competition. Unless you are from a city like New York, London, or Tokyo you probably will fall into one of few categories of beauty and standard. Short hair gives you identity that makes anyone not forget you easily. Everywhere from a job interview to a night on the town. Over the years in our fabulous history of time and art, there have been instances of Gems of women that flaunted short hair like a champ. Some of the highlights being Demi Moore in Ghost, Halle berry everywhere, etc. But all of this modern era of Short hair started with the wonderful and talented Twiggy in my book How can anyone forget that iconic photograph by Richard Avedon. The iconic short hair moments Audrey Hepburn provided the entire world through out her career. Julie Andrews in The sound of Music brought us the more feminine American twist to this incredible trend of Short hair. This trend became feminine and women everywhere started wearing with confidence and style. 

 ©Avedon org, Ghost (Paramount)

©Avedon org, Ghost (Paramount)

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Best and the most important reason to flaunt short hair…. suspense…. As my little niece would say “i have hair in my eyes”.  Ha ha even though that is a fair point to my argument “I was just kidding there”. Now let’s get to the real reason, it “opens up your face” to the world and beyond. You can get the same by wearing a ponytail or a bun. But come on now, lets get serious here. Enough with the up side, here is the downside. Actually I just realized this as I was typing this article on my MacBook Pro at a coffee shop in Grand central station (great people watching spot btw). A woman with badly cut short hair walked by. Bad as I say is just subjective. But this has got to be the case of Gigli where I think and am seriously speculating here. One day she got so sick of finding her long hair everywhere - in the shower, on the couch, on her cat, or dog choking on it, in the fish tank and probably in these badly stuck apple keyboards. Then grabbed a scissors and chopped it off. Anyhow there are some amazing positive trends of women donning long hair over the years. As far back as I can remember Jennifer Anniston and her layers come to mind. As an old movie lover and 60s lover, there is ever so amazing Bridget Bardot and her humongous gorgeous locks comes to my mind. Jane Fonda and her bangs, and the legendary curly Marilyn Monroe’s hairstyle to name a few. During my time of watching lot of TV and movies, from Aniston to now ubiquitous Kim Kardashian and her clan the evolution of hairstyles is more complicated  with sharp turns, ups and downs than Darwin's theory to say the least.  Few highlights that come to my mind being Jeniffer love Hewitt’s Fishtails, Janet Jackson’s Braids, Spice girls and all their variations, Britney Spears’s pig tails, Sarah Michelle Geller’s spiky hair, textured long blonde locks of Kate Moss, and sometimes her bangs. Liv Tyler’s bangs, Angelina Jolie’s all the variations and Gwyneth Paltrow. And there is this amazing trend of long hair starting Left eye, Aaliyah and Brandy. That is just to name a few. But haven’t you noticed something incredulous in that soliloquy? It is the number women that exist in that list. That list goes on and on and on and on. 

 © Die Another Day (Metro Goldwyn Mayer)

© Die Another Day (Metro Goldwyn Mayer)

Now getting back to our topic at hand, I have been working in the industry of fashion for a long time. I have had a chance to meet and chat with many fashion professionals and fashionistas. Over this time of 15 yrs I can count on my fingers the number of women that killed it donning short hair on TV, music, movies or in art-world and in the celebrity world. Personally I was introduced to short hair by Winona Ryder in Reality Bites. As a 6 yr old kid you can say I had the biggest crush on her. Later when I saw the Movie Ghost my fascination with short hair pretty much increased to times infinity. Lets take that to another level when I saw the movie Boomerang and the introduction of the amazingly talented and lovely Halle Berry. Can you imagine Halle Berry wearing long hair in that movie? I certainly will never be able to. In modern times there are so many instances of talented and amazing women with short hair. Three of the most iconic that come to mind right away would be the Twiggy inspired styles of Emma Watson. Michelle Williams and Carey Mulligan. Even though it is a wide spread trend everywhere in the LGBTQE community for women to rock short hair we have to bring the trend to the main stream. There are some classic instances by Scarlette Johansson, Natalie Portman, Agyness Deyn. Now lets not forget the trend that seemed to swipe the nation and probably the world. The short hairstyles of Princess Diana and that evolution. The 80s side swept style, her avoiding "distraction of tiara" Diana style on her wedding day, her always perfect in all seasons and geographic locations Bob haircut. Who knows how she did it back in those non Photoshopped days of paparazzi flocking to her like bees to queen bee. That reminds of our Queen Bea and I wonder why she never donned a short haired look. Probably she did, but nothing comes to mind right off the bat. Mid shoulder length locks of Jaqueline Kennedy Onnasis, even though I am not much familiar with her style. She needs to be mentioned here amongst the hair icons

Writing this article is making me feel like my entire life revolved around the search for the next best short haired girl. Can’t wait to meet her and photograph her!!! Oh, as I finish typing this in Apple Pages I would like to say one thing to all of these millions of Grand Central Station patrons, “I am here to people watch you but I am not here to be people watched”. May be it is this light I am sitting under or may be it is just my looks. Any how Thank you very much for being so distracting. ;)))