Bangin It Back

By: Ryann Casey

Bangs are back in a big way. Celebs debuting fresh fringe show how a face framing chop can revamp your tired locks. With bangs emerging in some way every decade, we look to the past to find style inspiration for the future.

louise brooks

In the 1920’s, bangs originated with the introduction of the bob, as seen here on Louise Brooks. Changing feminine ideals on freedom and liberation led women to challenge traditional imagery of femininity. Straying from the previous style of long locks, women were cropping their hair short to symbolize a free, playful and active woman. The cutting of bangs was a dramatic change from mousy and subdued to sassy and liberated.

audrey hepburn

The flapper mentality of the 20’s encouraged the decision to cut hair as a liberating reaction to marginalizing ideals of a stodgier time. Women were quickly abandoning old rules of femininity and fashion, which paved the way for future hairstyle experimentation. Audrey Hepburn, pictured above, wore bangs with a short pixie cut, redefining what is stereotypically “feminine” with her elegant beauty.

bettie page

brigitte bardot

The constant obsession and questioning of feminine sexuality through history effected bang icons like Bettie Page and Brigitte Bardot. The iconic “Bettie Bang” and Brigitte Bardot’s banged and tousled bedroom hair raised concerns in the sexually suppressed eras of the 50’s and 60’s. These women wore their hair and clothing how they liked, and lived unapologetically comfortable with their sexuality, despite societal repercussions.

jen shrimpton

It seems at one time or other every major star has had bangs. Throughout history bangs have always been a way to make a statement, and some of the most iconic stars from the past have fringe as famous as they are.

Below are the most recent celebs to chop bangs, and their progressive feminist opinions to match the style that originated to portray feminine liberation.

georgia may

Georgia May Jagger

“I don’t think it particularly matters what you do. If you believe in equality and believe you should be equal to men, then that makes you a feminist.”


Zendaya Coleman

“A feminist is a person who believes in the power of women just as much as they believe in the power of anyone else. It’s equality, it’s fairness, and I think it’s a great thing to be a part of.”


Ariana Grande

“I’m tired of living in a world where women are mostly referred to as a man’s past, present or future PROPERTY / POSSESSION. I… do not. belong. to anyone. but myself. and neither do you.”

t swift

Taylor Swift

“I think a lot of girls have had a feminist awakening because they understand what the word means. For so long it’s been made to seem like something where you’d picket against the opposite sex, whereas it’s not about that at all.”


Selena Gomez

“I feel like girl power is so much more important and special than anything we’re competing for!”

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