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Swiss model Tamy Glauser poses in Paris. (FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)

Getting buzzed

Young women are shaving their heads both as a gender — and fashion — statement

September 15, 2016

More and more young women are shaving their heads — and the fashion world has begun to take notice. For some of these women, they say the buzz cut look is a statement — a means of rejecting the expectations of men, of challenging traditional gender norms, and even of self-liberation. But for others, the reason they shave their heads is less complicated — they simply like the look.

“Before, it was more punk,” explained Tamy Glauser, 31, a model for Louis Vuitton for the last five seasons. “Now people are starting to think maybe a shaved head is actually really chic and elegant.” Her nearly 10-year-old buzz cut, the model added, predated her modeling career.

According to Alastair McKimm, fashion director for youth culture magazine i-D, emphasis on “individuality and androgyny,” as exemplified through a shaved head, is becoming more popular “due to a larger gender conversation.” The magazine’s recent Futurewise issue not only featured a buzz cut on model Lina Hoss for one of the covers, but also a number of bald-headed teenagers street-cast by the publication as part of the issue’s “global portrait of youth, opinion, and style in 2016.”

For Mackenzie Jones, 20, who said she has kept her head shaved since she was 15, she liked the buzz cut as both “the ultimate rejection of the male gaze” and as a means of filtering out the suitors who aren’t “on [her] level.” But the most important thing about the buzz cut look, she said, was how it made her look at herself.

“A lot of women are very attached to their hair,” said Jones. “When I was in a bad relationship, my hair was like this mask. Once it’s all gone, you don’t have anything left to change. You have to look yourself in the face and deal with it. It’s really transformative.”

Read the full story at The New York Times.


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