Sunday, April 24, 2011

pigtails and freckles, braces on your teeth, who would have thought they'd become so sublime? i would have thought, for i thought so all the time

I don't know what's wrong with the world these days - somehow one of the most innocent of hairstyles (pigtails) has turned into one of the 'sexiest'. I use that term loosely because this is according to various mens magazines and action flicks, as I think the cast of Sucker Punch took all of my elementary school yearbooks and mimicked my plaid skirt-and-pigtails look, though I wore comparatively fewer (i.e. none) bustiers than they do. 
That's something best not thought about - I prefer to think of pigtails in the way that I used to wear them, before they were taken over by whorish Catholic schoolgirls (the ones in costumes, not the actual girls!) every Halloween. When the style was sweet and innocent, and the girl wearing them looked like she smelled like daisies and pet kittens all day and drank apple juice on her swing set. 
And yes, I think that all of these things are connected in some vast mutually inclusive phenomenon. 
So here I celebrate the bygone innocence of the pigtails. I hope you all whip your hair back and forth in fond remembrance 

Brooke Shields was quite the 'pretty baby' in pigtails as a young teen model (Was that allusion creepy? My b.)

Pigtails go high fashion

One of the official arbiters of pigtailed cool, Judy Garland as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz

The adorable Natalie Wood gets back into touch with her former child starlet roots when she does the look in the late 60s

Always one to try every trend (and do each look completely over-the-top) Veruschka rocks waist-long locks

A young Brigitte Bardot in braids - it's such a treat to see her so carefree and goofy here!

Zooey Dechanel often pulls her hair into low pigtails for a cute carefree look on the red carpet, though always manages to blow all the other primped girls out of the water

Drew Barrymore is probably the only thirtysomething woman in the world who can still pull off pigtails and a peace sign and still look adorable

Britney Spears (my role model in the late 1990s) first made it big in the video for "... Baby One More Time." While wearing pigtails. Coincidence? I think not

Anna Karina in two different films (Une Femme Est Une Femme and Bande a part) sporting not just similar expressions but also similar hairstyles

Audrey Hepburn got all the men while in her pigtails - George Peppard in Breakfast at Tiffany's and Gary Cooper in Love in the Afternoon

Marianne Faithfull does little to dispel that former convent girl image while holding daisies and sporting pigtails

Brigitte Bardot pairs her pigtails with ribbons and bows - how cute!

A scene from Sedmikrásky (aka Daisies 

 
Pattie Boyd poses in braids alongside Samantha Juste, and strikes a pigtailed pose by herself

Kate Moss channels a late 90s Lolita in this Ellen von Unwerth photo shoot

Perhaps her penchant for adorable pigtails was among the reasons why Serge Gainsbourg named France Gall the 'French Lolita'

Nastassja Kinski first shot to superstardom as the teenaged love interest of Roman Polanski. Which has nothing to do with her wearing pigtails here

Pigtails were the go-to style for Marilyn Monroe on the set of The Misfits
  
Françoise Hardy makes a rare change from her usual muss-free style, ditching her long hanging locks for them tied back in ribbons

Raquel Welch works the look throughout the sixties

Sucker Punch starlet Emily Browning

She doesn't look old enough to be a 'Mama' - Michelle Philips sings with her band in an innocent look

Sylvie Vartan makes the style look somehow more badass than one would think bright blonde pigtails would allow (I think it's her crossed arms and slight resting bitch face)

Penelope Tree makes the 'do look anything but plain

Both Theodora Richards and Lizzie Jagger are equal parts Rolling Stone and supermodel (Theo by dad Keith and mom Patti Hansen, Lizzie by papa Mick and mama Jerry Hall), so of course they'd look rock'n'roll hot in pigtails and Terry Richardson-style glasses

Title: from "Pigtails and Freckles" (Perry Como)

9 comments:

Summer Baby (L-ann) said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

OMG fantastic idea for post!:) ...I totally forgot about Brittany’s first video!Total flash back to the 90s which is great <3 And Judy looks so sweet with her pigtails xxx

Jessica said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I'm going to wear pigtails tomorrow :)

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Dolly the Bird said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

How flipping cute is little Brigitte? I don't think I've ever seen those super young pics of her before! Thanks for that!
Let me add to your fab list the most famous pigtails of 1960s television...Mary Ann from Gilligan's Island!

Raquel said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Love this post. I never think I can pull off pigtails, but I may have to try again! My favorites are Zooey Deschanel (the bangs just pull it off!), Drew Barrymore, and Audrey Hepburn. x

Saturday Stevens said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Britney is the one who started the trend of making pigtails "sexy" (aka whorish). She deserves all the credit/blame.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Britney's tails are in that nasty post-80s white trash knotted porn-whore category.

Out of all the tails displayed on the beauties above her's are the worst. White trash and tacky.

I would not even display anything involved with Britney Spears on Dolly Rocker Girl blog, it's a different class.

Tavarna said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I hate how the people keeps pushing the 'sexy' pigtails look (suckerpunch ect.).But I do love pigtails when there worn in the sweet playful inocent kind of way.Sylvie Vartan,brooke shields,Brigitte bardot and natalie wood pull off the look very well!.
also young Brigitte bardot is so awlward adorable xx

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

honestly.. i find that the girls no "women" with the most perverted pictures are the one that were the most successful, yes i agree its important to maintain a youthful look but that creepy kate moss picture on the bed hugging a doll and working the "i'm so innocent and i am not attempting to seduce anyone i just happen to be a 26 year old who looks like a bay-bay" face while sexualizing the whole idea of being 8 years old and hugging your doll is just plain... SICK.... if u ask me its not the men's fault its the women's fault, most of these women are old enough, in their 20's, why do they act like they r 8?? is it because they're suddenly old and they just want to be young in any possible way they can so they go for the 8 year old look??? i blame THESE women for ruining my childhood, when i was 8 years old wearing pigtails and hugging my frog teddy bear i didnt want to look s..e..x..y >.< thats disgusting i just wanted to b a normal kid. My point is this... most of these women in these pictures are old, 20s and 30s, and i can tell with their fake-innocent facial expressions that they PERFECTLY know what they are doing, wats up with brigette bardot's bows, she was not "young" she was 18 or 19 so y does she act like she was 8 years old, or kate moss's perverted posture, and that was in Vogue??? what the hell?! they should stop doing that, they r ruinning every little girls childhood, and we should not call them beautiful or cute because being feminin and soft does not equal to being 8 years old.. every SINGLE time ANY little girl is molested somewhere they should know that it is THEIR fault because they allowed to pose like this in international media and the altered the way men find women attractive. Why is it in old ancient paintings women were painted in a normal way and with a fully developped body, nude and in a lake somewhere? they didnt paint children, they were painting mature women who were soft and feminin not rocking perverted pigtails and fake-"innocent while still being pouty" facial expressions. Screw these women, they are sick and so vain that they never want to grow old, so by looking like an eight year old who happens to be a giant with boobs they want to ruin everyone's childhood. Sick.. just plain sick.

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