Anderson Cooper. Richard Gere. George Clooney. Kristen McMenamy. Helen Mirren. Miranda Priestly.
Grey hair is finally in fashion!
In a culture so obsessed with remaining youthful, it seems odd that we're now embracing grey manes. Be it salt-and-pepper, or just plain salt, there's been an uptick of men and women ditching the dye and embracing their silvering hair.
Men like Gere, Cooper and Clooney have long embraced their salt-and-pepper manes. Cooper's visage is particularly striking with perfectly metallic silver hair and bright blue eyes. Could you even imaging him today with dyed brown hair? Or Clooney, who, for a time, dyed his hair for roles in the Oceans' films, Michael Clayton, Siriana, etc. When he lets it go in between filming, his sex appeal is not lost on us, even with his salt-and-pepper locks.
Women, on the other hand, had never really embraced grey. A stray grey hair, however unnoticeable, induces the first signs of panic in any woman because it means she's getting old. Thankfully though, the stranglehold that fashion and culture is loosening a least a little bit and seems to be encouraging grey-haired women as well. Helen Mirren, for instance, with her greyish blond locks, is lauded as a sex symbol. She's in her mid-60s, stylish and her mane is this fantastic combo of silvery blond and grey.
In 2010, then 43-year-old model, Kristen McMenamy was featured in the August issues of American Vogue, and Dazed and Confused. Her lithe frame, full mouth and pale blue eyes were complemented by grey waist-length locks. Since then, she's experienced a career resurgence, appearing on the covers of Vogue Italia, i-D, and Love, and she's walked the spring shows of Chanel and Louis Vuitton in Paris. All this for a 40-something-year-old model who was once told by an agent that she would never be successful model (because she wasn't pretty enough).
However, McMenamy's grey hair requires some maintenance, so it it's not an entirely effortless look. In her August 2011 editorial with Vogue, she says she still has to visit a colorist because she has, " one big black streak in the center of my hair. It sounds really cool, but it's no." Still, as she told Vogue, she proves that, "You can get older and still be rock 'n' roll."
Then there's the matter of Miranda Priestly is a fictional editrix-in-chief of a fictional magazine, Runway, in the 2006 movie, The Devil Wears Prada, but the actress who portrayed her, Meryl Streep, wore that grey hair beautifully and she deserves a mention with these aforementioned silver foxes.
Even those women who aren't grey-haired yet are starting to embrace grey hair. Kelly Osborne, Kate Moss, Pink, and celebrity stylist Kate Shillingford, have rocked silver and grey locks in recent years.
For those of us who are mere mortals, it can be inspiring, even a tad hopeful, to see this particular trend being embraced, at least within the world of fashion and celebrity. Grey hair was once a sign of oldness, aging, and the end. Not for nothing, but these men and women show that men and women can still be fashionable, sexy and appealing, even with grey hair.
Hopefully more women will ditch the dye and embrace their silver, charcoal or beige-y blond locks. After all, it's finally en vogue!