Five Inspiring Ladies Who Prove That Long Hair Doesn’t Equal Femininity

Words: Ellie June Goodman

Emily Ratajkowski caused controversy online earlier this week with an Instagram post announcing her new gig as the face of French hair care brand Kerastase. The caption of the aforementioned gram, which included the sentiment that “hair is a fundamental part of beauty, femininity, and identity” was met with backlash in the comments from her followers. While we believe that Emily obviously meant no offense by what she said (in the since-edited caption), women were quick to point out how harmful such a frame of thinking can be, especially to those struggling with hair loss due to factors out of their control.

So, in response to what happened, and to prove that you don’t need big, bouncy, long Victoria’s Secret style locks to considered as beautiful – we present to you five short-haired women to look up to.

Who knows? You might be inspired to take the leap yourself and go short.


Adwoa Aboah 


British Vogue cover star, activist and founder of Gurls Talk, Adwoa Aboah is known for her no-bullshit stance on traditional ideas of femininity and beauty. Adwoa’s closely-shorn hair has become iconic and is now considered a huge part of her beauty and badass identity by fans and friends.


Michelle Williams


“In some ways it’s the only conversation worth having,” Michelle Williams tells us, of the allegations of abuse and harassment in Hollywood. On the other hand, “it’s like being revictimised, because once again they’re the centre of attention. It’s still about them. Because at the heart of every predator is a narcissist. That’s the real pity of abuse: it doesn’t stop with the event, the abuser becomes the centre of things for a very long time. So here we are now.” Michelle stars in the February issue of Bazaar, on newsstands tomorrow. Read the full interview with Michelle via link in bio. (Michelle wears @louisvuitton, photographed by @agatapospieszynska) #HarpersBazaar #Februaryissue #MichelleWilliams

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The ever-talented and and gorgeous Michelle Williams is a pioneer of the Time’s Up initiative against sexual assault, harassment and inequality in the workplace. Though her latest film “All the Money in the World” has been at the centre of a lot of controversy, Michelle has always remained graceful and composed, working to make the workplace a safer place for all women.


Zoë Kravitz


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The “Big Little Lies” actress is also a big part of the Time’s Up initiative, as another of the original signatories of the Time’s Up letter of solidarity. Zoë has sported a few different hairstyles in the past, all beautiful, but her short cropped style of late is one that we can all take as proof that long hair is not the only way to be a beautiful woman.


Tiffany R Chan


woooowww forgot how shady everyone is here lmao esp @ me 😬 i get that people here are still mad traditional and not really open to anything beyond the norm, in really extreme ways, i don’t even dress up that much anymore! I feel that especially in the youth, who are massively influenced by korean and japanese ideals, their ideas of what ‘girl’ and ‘boy’ should be, can be very narrow and obviously v heteronormative. beauty is still very one dimensional and even tho i see a slight shift in a push for ‘diversity’, it’s obviously still not enough to be accepting to anything other than the two archaic binaries 😤 According to some people, the taiwanese are some of the most ‘polite’ people in the world but that’s only cos they’re lowkey rude and high key passive aggressive 🙄 there’s clearly a lot of work to be done, and not much i can really do to stop outside powers. 🌪 and its really dumb of me but i definitely blindly convinced myself that i would feel more in place in taipei, when i actually just stand out even more here. this isn’t about even my height or the way i look, which i know are the obvious- i’ve been socialised within the environment that i’ve grown up in- obviously effecting the way i speak, the way i move and the way i move about. 🌪i am, and feel most foreign here🌪it shouldn’t effect me this much, but it really does- i just hate getting stared n pointed at lol 🙃😪😬😤🙄☹️ send me strength n prayers pls 🙏 (also photo by the other-worldly @stereosanctity )

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Outspoken artist and model Tiffany R Chan creates visually captivating and thought-provoking artwork inspired by her heritage and her experiences as a woman of colour, as well as illustrating for gal-dem zine. Oh, and she recently shot for Burberry too, nbd.


Ruth Bell


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You probably recognise Ruth Bell. She originally starting modeling with her twin sister May and after shaving her head for an Alexander McQueen campaign back in 2015 she shot to the top of everyone’s lists of models to work with. She hasn’t stopped since. Bell’s been a constant feature at every fashion week over the last few years; name a brand and I can almost guarantee that this short-haired, hard working woman changing the face of femininity has worked with them.