Long considered one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood, Halle Berry has had many different hairstyles throughout her career. She got her start on the pageant circuit with big 80’s styled hair, and was the first African-American Miss World contestant in 1986.
Three years after Miss World, Berry moved to New York to pursue her acting career and by 1996 she began appearing in major films and became the spokeswoman for Revlon. She is still a Revlon spokeswoman in 2012 along with actresses half her age, verifying that her beauty is ageless. When it comes to her hair, Berry has always favored a shorter style or pixie cut when she doesn’t have a longer look for a movie role. Her signature pixie usually features the sides and back short with the crown left a few inches longer and occasionally spiked.
In 2001 Berry broke barriers again, becoming the first African-American woman to win the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Monster’s Ball. The next year she was a Bond girl in Die Another Day, showing off her spiked pixie cut in a scene shot to be similar to 1962’s Dr. No, in which a long haired blonde, Ursula Andress, emerges from the ocean waves. Berry’s scene is made extra powerful due to this contrast, and the shattering of longstanding traditions of the feminine ideal and appearance associated with a sex symbol.
Berry’s sex appeal even inspired a popular song and dance in 2009; rapper Hurricane Chris released a song entitled “Halle Berry (She’s Fine).” Most recently she’s been letting her hair grow out in an adorable cropped, curly style. Berry is a true hair chameleon; any style she wears looks great and inspires others to try her looks.