Did you know tons of female celebrities – famous actresses, models, and singers – have shaved their heads and been bald at some point in their careers? News broke recently that actress Charlize Theron shaved her head for her new role in Mad Max: Fury Road, and I was a little shocked at first. A-lister Charlize is known for her gorgeous blonde hair, and as hair loss sufferer, I am always wishing that famous women would shave their heads so that it can pave the way for regular women to do it too.
After searching for pictures of Charlize, I realized many female celebs have already gone bald for various roles, or just for fun – I just never noticed before! For example, a lot of women with thinning wish Angelina Jolie would shave her head because she is one of the most famous women in the world – but it turns out she already shaved her head in her 1998 movie Gia! I’ve even seen that movie and I forgot about this! Before I had hair loss, I was so horrified about the idea of shaving my head that it probably would have taken an offer of a million dollars to even consider it. Now, of course, I dream about doing it every day! Below are several more famous women that have been bald, or had shaved heads and buzz cuts, and some of these women have become famous because of their signature shaved heads!
These aren’t the greatest photos of Charlize Theron, but this is her new look for the Mad Max movie. She looks great here – unlike how she looked in the movie Monster – remember that? And on a side note, I loved her movie Young Adult, and her character has Trichotillomania (hair pulling) in the movie!
Demi Moore is, of course, one of the most famous A-list celebrities that shaved her head for a movie – 1997′s G.I. Jane. When that movie came out I was horrified at the idea of ever shaving my head. Back then I had a hard time figuring out what was worse – going around with no hair, or being naked in a movie with bad bolt-on breast implants - a la Striptease.
Sigourney Weaver probably had the other most famous role as a bald woman in a movie – in Alien 3.
Natalie Portman had her head shaved in the movie V For Vendetta. That shocked me quite a bit at the time too, because in 2005 I still had hope my hair would fix itself, so I would have been too freaked to consider shaving my head - even if I was getting paid a ton of $.
I couldn’t really find a good picture of Britney Spears bald. That feeling of wanting to say “f%*k it” and shave off all your hair - I now know how that feels Britney! Britney can’t win with her hair – I wrote about her hair extensions issues here.
Sex And The City alum Cynthia Nixon recently shaved her head to play a cancer patient in a play in New York City. Lately she’s been spotted wearing wigs.
Beyonce’s little sister sometimes ditches her wigs and weaves and wears her hair cropped super short.
This young actress beat out more famous actresses (like Dakota Fanning) for her role in My Sister’s Keeper because she was actually willing to shave her head for the role. Cameron Diaz’s character also shaved her head in the movie, however Cameron wore a bald cap and didn’t actually shave her head. Sofia was brave because she had really long beautiful hair before the movie, but I would have done the Cameron Diaz move if I could get away with it.
Sinead is probably the most famous bald female singer. To this day she still shaves her head, and the only time I’ve seen her with hair was in one of her videos, and she was wearing a wig.
In the movie Empire Records Robin Tunney shaves her head (which I totally forgot about until now). You’ve probably seen her on the current TV Show The Mentalist.
Aside from being Will Smith’s daughter, ironically Willow Smith is best known for her song “Whip My Hair.” I’m not sure what inspired the 11 year old to shave her hair off, but it looks super cute in this pink color. But if it was me I would grow my hair back out, because she’s a spitting image of her dad – hairstyle and all!
I’m not sure if Mena Suvari, best known for her role in American Pie, got a buzz cut a few years ago for a movie role, or just for fun. It looks cute.
Judith Light shaved her head for the same role, in the same play, that Cynthia Nixon is currently starring in. On some episodes of Law & Order, I had noticed she was wearing a wig. Remember that horrible hair, and hair color, Judith had on Who’s The Boss? It was sooo big! Apparently that wasn’t all her real hair, and she wore falls, or whatever kind of fake hair they had in the 80s!
Probably best known for her role in the movie Tank Girl, actress Lori Petty always seems to sport super short hair, or even shaved hair nowadays. Remember her crazy hairdo in Tank Girl?
Grace Jones is a model, singer, and actress, and she’s known for her crazy hairdos - but she’s sported the bald look as well!
Before she was famous for her role in Juno, Ellen Page shaved her head in the movie Mouth To Mouth. I wonder if shaving your head in an indie film helps pave the way for bigger and better roles?
A-list actress Cate Blanchett shaved her head for a role in the 2002 movie Heaven.
The model-turned-actress is usually known for her short light blonde hair, but here she is with a shaved head. On a side note, she lied about her age when she started modeling (by six years), and that news didn’t come out til recently!
Alek Wek has made a career out of being a bald supermodel!
Amber Rose is a model and socialite (AKA she dates famous men), and even though she obviously has super thick hair, she’s worn it shaved short for the past few years. I really love her look, and am jealous that she can pull off having almost no hair, while wearing nerd glasses, and she still looks super hot. And I’m jealous that she could grow her hair out tomorrow if she wanted to, and it would look awesome.
Annie Lennox, the singer for The Eurythmics, has made cropped, short hair her signature style since the 1980s. I love that color!
The Chinese actress, known for her wacky outfits, and for being on the “worst dressed list” all the time, shaved her head for a movie role.
Wow! That is a lot of bald female celebs! And there are even more – actress Toni Collette shaved her head in a movie, models Jenny Shimizu and Eve Salvail were known for their bald heads, or super short haircuts, and there are lesser-known celebrities I haven’t included here. Supposedly Halle Berry did, or will, shave her head for a movie called Nappily Ever After. And who am I forgetting? Let me know! Other famous actresses have bravely gone out in public bald, or nearly bald, while they’ve fought cancer (Kylie Minogue and Melissa Etheridge come to mind).
There are a lot of famous women that also have sported partially shaved heads – such as: Rihanna, Avril Lavigne, Cyndi Lauper, and Cassie. Then there are actresses that have cut their hair super short for a movie, but it’s not quite as short as a buzz cut. Anne Hathaway just hacked all her hair off for Les Miserables, Hilary Swank got a boy haircut for Boys Don’t Cry, Michelle Williams’ short haircut has given her A-list status, and Emma Watson cut her hair into a pixie cut after Harry Potter, because she could!
I’m not sure if seeing all of these bald celebrities makes me feel better or not. Most of them got paid a substantial amount of money to go bald, or they are models, so they can pull off the no-hair look. And I don’t think any of the women even have hair loss (aside from Britney Spears), so they can grow out their natural hair, if they haven’t already. Nonetheless, I’m sure the first time they shaved their heads was quite a traumatic experience. What’s your take on these celebrities, and what’s your feeling about shaving your own head?